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Making Slideshows 3

Perfecting A Slide Show Presentation

Step 5: Adjusting The Timeline

You will probably want to make pictures stay on the screen for different amounts of time and with different animation and transition effects, and this is how to change them:

IN THE OLD VERSION OF WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER click Show Timeline above the storyboard. Click the button with a magnifying glass and a plus (+) sign as many times as you need to make your pictures appear larger. The lengthen the amount of time an image stays on the screen, select the picture and when the pointer becomes a red arrow, drag the picture’s right border to the right.

IN THE NEWER VERSIONS OF YOUR MOVIE MAKER, click on the “Animations” tab and select the duration there and whether you want to add the same animation to all your pictures, or just one at a time.

Step 6: Adding Sound and Music

You have several options here. You can add music in the form of an MP3 or another music file (or IN THE OLDER VERSIONS OF MOVIE MAKER by clicking Import Audio Or Music on the Movie Tasks pane under Capture Video and follow the instructions. Your music file will be added in the collections pane and you simply drag-and-drop it into the Timeline. Just make sure to position it right at the start of the timeline or there will be a gap before the audio starts.)

IN THE NEW VERSION OF WINDOWS LIVE MOVIE MAKER, click “Add Music” from the home screen tab … now they’ve made it even easier to get royalty free music (so you don’t breach copyright laws in any country) by giving direct links to several sites to get you started.

Where To Download Royalty Free Music

Free Music Archive (Music For Video)
Audio Micro
The Vimeo Music Store

If you would like to add your voice to your mini-movie presentation, get your computer’s microphone and select the Timeline view. If you’re not already looking at the timeline, click Show Timeline above the storyboard. Next, click the timeline where you’d like your voice-over to start. The second button on the toolbar that looks like a microphone is Narrate Timeline. Click this button and the screen will switch to show your narration controls as shown below.



You can set the audio levels with the Input Level Control so you can get the volume just right – as you talk, you should see a bar moving. Instead of adjusting your own volume, move the slider up or down so that the bar hovers near the middle of the graph. When you’re ready to go, click Start Narration. Your slide show plays as you talk, so you’ll know which picture you’re talking over. When you’re done, click Stop Narration and you’ll be prompted to save your recording. The narration you capture is saved as a Windows Media Audio file with a .wma file name extension in the Narration folder under My Videos on your hard disk.

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