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Windows Movie Maker Tutorial

If you are using a Windows computer, you probably already have Windows Movie Maker (WMM). If you don't have it, you can download it from Microsoft. It is FREE.

Windows Movie Maker is a very simple, very basic video editor.

Wikipedia provides good information about the different versions of Windows Movie Maker.

This free tutorial shows you step by step how to use Windows Movie Maker to edit video, add an audio track, add titles and credits, and export the movie file so you can upload it to YouTube (or another Web site).

> Download the tutorial (11 MB .zip file)

Here are two other helpful files for use with Windows Movie Maker:

The main tutorial is 54 pages (that's why it's 11 MB!). It is a PDF file, converted from a PowerPoint. Most pages are full-size screenshots from Windows Movie Maker so you can see exactly what you need to do. Below are three example pages from the PDF:

How to add clips to the Storyboard

Above: Page 19 shows how to add clips to the Storyboard.

How to switch between Storyboard and Timeline views

Above: Page 23 shows how to switch between Storyboard and Timeline views.

How to change the timing of the title screen

Above: Page 44 shows how to change the timing of the title screen.

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Windows Movie Maker Tutorial by Mindy McAdams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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