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Making Slideshows 4

Making Your Mini Movie Look Really Really Good

Step 7: Adding Visual Effects, Animations and Transitions

By now you will be getting the hang of the various options you have to enhance your project. As you preview your mini-movie, you might like to add even more effects to create a mood or simply add interest. Below is a screen-shot of the different types of effects you can get with Windows Live Movie Maker, from giving it patterns and shapes, fading and dissolving from one screen to the next, using diagonals, shapes, page curls and reveals, shattering slide effects, sweeping and wiping across the screen, some interesting contemporary pattern sequences and a really cool cinematic look too.

In the older versions of movie maker, transitions included adding sepia tone, fading, rainbow spectrum effects to aging the movie, making it look like water-colour or even rotating the images but in Windows Live movie maker, these form part of the automatic movie feature, making it a breeze to choose one and create you movie in less than a minute.

The movie screen is your playground here.
Have fun with it.
Soon you will have your favorites and the rest will be irrelevant.

APPLYING TRANSITIONS EASILY – (a transition is the way the slide looks as it moves/fades/animates itself from one clip to the next) This is fairly easy, but for those who have never done video editing before this is probably the easiest way of all to do it. To apply a transition, make sure you’ve selected your “Video Tools” tab (at the top of the screen), then just double-click on the photograph, image or video clip you want to apply the effect to. Next step is to hover or move your mouse over any transition you want to see an example of what it’ll look like in the preview window. TIP: Don’t click on the actual transition until you really want to apply it or movie maker will immediately prompt you to add music because it thinks you’ve completed your movie/slideshow.

SETTING THE DURATION – (duration is the length of time the transition lasts). This can be adjusted in the “Duration” option/setting at the top of the screen. The duration option only becomes available only after a transition has been applied to a video clip or slide.

ADDING MORE TRANSITION EFFECTS – For the all of the rest of your pictures or video clips you’ll probably want to select more individual settings so the transitions flow smoothly from one clip to another, making your creation look much more professional. Select the clip you’d like to apply a different transition to by clicking on it, then simply move your mouse over the transitions to see an example of what it’ll look like in the preview window. NOTE: You can put a transition on the front and back of a photo or video clip but it must be in line with the next one.

GIVING YOUR MOVIE TITLES AND CREDITS – If you selected one of the auto movie options when you first imported your pictures or photographs onto the screen, then you’ll have some basic ones added to your movie already. These help to give your sideshow context and provide an introduction to what your viewers can expect to see as well as a completion and acknowledgement of the participants, the location, the purpose, your website address or contact details etc. Use these to give a super professional look.



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