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Making Slideshows 2

Making Slide Show Presentations Stand Out

Step 3: How To Change And Add New Titles And Credits

IN THE OLDER VERSIONS OF WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER, when you’d added all your pictures to the storyboard, it was time to manually add titles. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make Titles Or Credits. You’ll be asked to choose where to add the title and then you may select a style for your title screen. There’s so much you can do here, because a title can be one line of simple text or several pages that fade into the distance.

THE NEWER VERSION OF MOVIE MAKER now automatically creates a sample movie with the pictures you’ve imported and gives basic examples of the fun ways you can jazz up your presentation. As you right click on each image, you’ll be given the option to cut, copy, paste or remove them individually. Just drag and drop them to change their sequence in the presentation.

If you double click on the automated title or credit that was created for you by the program, a frame will open up in the movie screen for you to edit. If it doesn’t open by itself, click on the “format” tab above and there you will see the normal editing tools to realign the text, change the background color, set the start time and text duration.

TIP: You can make use of the titles throughout your presentation too, don’t just think they belong only at the start. Take some time to experiment, and choose the style for the title that seems appropriate for your slide show. You can preview your work at any time by just pressing the Play button in the preview window.

Step 4: Changing Transitions And Adding Animation

As you press the “Play Button” to try out what your movie looks like, the pictures will probably seem to jump from one to the next and that is where transitions come into their full glory. You add or change transitions like this:

In the Movie Tasks pane under the “Home” tab, hover your mouse over each of the 7 or so Video Transitions (now called Auto Movie Themes) and be amazed as they show you instantly what each effect produces and how it can enhance your entire production.

IN THE OLDER VERSIONS OF MOVIE MAKER, when you clicked on a Video Transition, these would then be shown where your pictures were displayed. Then you would drag the video transition to the video transition cell between two pictures on the storyboard.

THE NEW VERSION OF WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER is super easy to display animations with you pictures or images. These 32 or so interesting and varied animations are a wonderful feature to this great program and below you can watch a cute, fun and happy little mini-movie that demonstrates some of the animations that can be used with Windows Movie Maker. You can do this easily too!


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