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Microsoft® Windows® Movie Maker 2: Do Amazing Things

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Express your creativity and share home movies with this fun and focused guide to Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2. Discover how to create and edit great footage; create special effects; add music and narration; and more!

Table of Contents

  1. Microsoft® Windows® Movie Maker 2: Do Amazing Things
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
    1. Coming Attractions
    2. Who this Book Is For
    3. How to Use this Book
    4. Where You Can Learn More
    5. A Word or Two About Copyrights
  4. I. Making Movies with Movie Maker 2
    1. 1. Create Your First Amazing Movie
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. Getting to Know Movie Maker 2
        1. Using the Menu Bar and Toolbar
        2. Using the Movie Tasks, Collections, and Monitor Panes
        3. Using the Storyboard and Timeline
      3. Creating Your Movie
        1. Step 1: Brainstorm a Theme
        2. Step 2: Gather all Your Pieces
        3. Step 3: Import Your Images
          1. Capturing from a Video Device
          2. Importing Still Images
          3. Importing Audio
        4. Step 4: Preview, Split, and Combine Clips
          1. Switching Between Views
          2. Previewing Clips
          3. Splitting and Combining Clips
        5. Step 5: Create a Great Introduction
          1. Adding a Still Image
          2. Adding a Short Intro Clip
          3. Adding a Text Clip
          4. Adding an Audio Track
        6. Step 6: Add Clips to the Body
          1. Putting Clips in Order
          2. Adjusting Trim Points
          3. Finding Just the Right Sound
        7. Step 7: Create an Ending
        8. Step 8: Save Your Movie
      4. Glossary
    2. 2. Adding Flashy and Classy Video Effects
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. Dressing Up Your Video with Transitions
        1. Displaying and Previewing Video Transitions
        2. Adding a Video Transition to Your Movie
        3. Testing and Fine-Tuning Your Transitions
      3. Spicing Up Your Clips with Video Effects
        1. Displaying and Previewing Video Effects
        2. Exploring the Types of Video Effects
        3. Adding or Removing Video Effects
        4. Testing and Fine-Tuning Your Effects
      4. Working with Video Transitions, Effects, and Still Pictures
      5. Adding Titles and Credits
        1. Creating and Playing a Title or Credit
        2. Animating Your Text
          1. Changing Text Animation
          2. Changing Text Font and Color
        3. Applying Video Effects to a Text Clip
      6. Making AutoMovies
      7. Learning More About Importing Video and Still Images
        1. Setting Video Capture Options
          1. Using the Video Setting Page
          2. Using the Capture Method Page
          3. Using the Capture Video Page
        2. Performing Automatic Clip Splitting
        3. Setting Video Clip Properties
      8. Making Your Workspace Match Your Style
      9. Glossary
    3. 3. Enhancing the Soundscape
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. Designing Your Movie’s Audio
      3. Adding Music and Audio Clips to a Collection
      4. Adding and Editing Audio Clips
        1. Splitting and Combining Audio Clips
        2. Trimming Audio Clips
      5. Adjusting the Audio Levels
        1. Adjusting a Single Clip
        2. Balancing the Audio and Audio/Music Tracks
        3. Adjusting the Whole Project
      6. Adding Audio Transitions
        1. Fading in or Fading Out on Audio Tracks
        2. Adding J-Cuts and L-Cuts
      7. Adding Narration
        1. Creating a New Narration
        2. Using Narration Files
      8. Glossary
    4. 4. Preserving Your Movie Collection
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. Setting Your Options
      3. Organizing Your Projects
        1. Setting Up Privacy and Multiple Users
        2. Organizing Source Files
        3. Organizing Clips
        4. Organizing Collections
        5. Organizing Projects
        6. Organizing Saved Movies
      4. Rounding Up Source Files and Importing Them
      5. Converting Your Source Files
      6. Saving and Backing Up Your Files
      7. Glossary
    5. 5. Sharing Your Movies
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. Compressed vs. Uncompressed Files
      3. You’ve Made Your Movie, Now Save It
      4. Ready for Primetime: Saving and Distributing Your Movies
        1. Save to My Computer
        2. Save to CD
        3. Send in E-Mail
        4. Send to the Web
        5. Send to DV Camera
      5. Learning About Burning DVDs
      6. Glossary
  5. II. Exploring the Fun Zone
    1. 6. Create Your Own Living History
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. Step 1: Select a Topic
      3. Step 2: Round Up the Source Files
        1. Finding the Source Materials
        2. Newspapers, Clippings, Books, and Magazine Articles
        3. Other People’s Stuff
        4. Sources on the Internet
        5. Building Your Project
      4. Step 3: Import the Source Material
      5. Step 4: Review Your Clips in the Collection
      6. Step 5: Make a Great Introduction
      7. Step 6: Add Clips to the Body
      8. Step 7: Add the Ending
      9. Step 8: Finish It
    2. 7. What the Manuals Didn’t Tell You
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. Learning About Camcorders and Capture Devices
        1. Understanding Magnetic Tapes
        2. Understanding Camcorder Optical Systems
        3. Understanding Camcorder Audio Systems
        4. Understanding Video Capture Cards
        5. Understanding Analog Video Capture
        6. Understanding Converting Analog Tapes to Digital
      3. Turbo-Charging Movie Maker
        1. Installing Windows Movie Maker 2 Creativity Fun Pack
        2. Installing Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition
        3. Installing PixéLan Spicefx Packs
        4. Installing Virtualdub
        5. Installing Irfanview
        6. Adding Other Software
      4. Glossary
    3. 8. Running the Show from the Director’s Chair
      1. Coming Attractions
      2. What’s the Big Idea?
      3. It’s All in the Script
      4. Storyboards: Seeing Your Story Emerge
      5. Preproduction: Cheap is Good!
        1. Making a Budget
        2. Scouting Locations and Sets
        3. Rounding Up Your Cast and Crew
      6. Production: Fun on the Run
        1. Lights, Camera, Action!
        2. What’s that Noise?
        3. Costumes, Makeup, and Props
      7. Postproduction: Putting the Pieces Together
      8. Glossary
    4. Movie Maker 2 System Requirements
      1. Understanding System Requirements
        1. Meeting the Minimum System Requirements
        2. Meeting the Recommended System Requirements
      2. Upgrading Computer Components
        1. CPU
        2. RAM
        3. Hard Disks
        4. Video Capture Requirements
        5. Graphics Cards
        6. CD and DVD Burners
        7. Sound Card/Microphone
      3. Downloading and Installing Movie Maker 2
        1. Downloading Movie Maker 2
        2. Installing Movie Maker 2
      4. Troubleshooting Tips and Suggestions
        1. Using System Restore
        2. Troubleshooting Performance Issues
        3. Dealing with MPEG Import Issues
        4. Converting Macintosh Movies to Movie Maker Format
    5. About the Authors
  6. Index
  7. About the Author
  8. Copyright