How to Use Windows Movie Maker to Capture Video
Open up Windows Movie Maker using either the
icon on the desktop or find it via the Start menu/Programs.
familiar with the Working Space of Windows Movie Maker. If you don't
see one of the components, try using the View Menu to activate the
Toolbar, Status Bare, TAsk Pane, Collections, or Timeline.
will progress through the Three Sections of the Task Pane as you first
Import or Capture your video files, Edit your movie by adding effects,
transtions, and titles/credits, and then finally Finish your movie by
saving to an appropriate file for your intended audience.
Step 1: Capture Video
the Capture Video Section of the Task Pane you can select the links to
"Import" if you already have sound, music and video files that you wish
to compose into a movie.
If you need to
capture a video, you need to attach a video input device. Any digital
camera is capable of working with Windows Movie Maker although
typically Bethel computers only have drivers for Firewire based (not
USB2.0) digital video cameras. For all other sources you need to use
one of the IC multimedia workcenters which are equipped with Firewire
ports and also with a Matrox analog input (VHS/DVD/Audio) system.
selecting your video device source, click next and Name your file and
then Browse to find the E or F drive on "My Computer" to store your
video files. Please create a folder on one of these drives with your
name to store your files. We clean these files out on a consistent
basis, so we appreciate your deleting your files when you are done to
save us from deleting active projects.
clicking Next in #3 above, select the capture settings based upon what
you plan on doing with your file. If you want to write what you are
doing to a DVD, then select Best quality. If you plan on sharing your
video in Blackboard, PowerPoint, or on the Web, select a Medium quality
like Video for broadband (150 0r 384 Kbps). Note the Video file size
information in the lower right of the window based upon the choice you
make. At the 150 Kbps broadband setting the file size is about 1Mb for
each MINUTE of video making a 30 minute video as large as 30 MB.
Choose your quality based upon how you plan to deliver or store the
video. A CD holds 700 MB and and a DVD holds 4.7 GB (4700 MB)
your Capture Method. Usually the manual method gives you the most
control over what you want to import, unless you want to import an
entire tape from a directly attached digital video camera.
Next once again and you are brought to the real capture window. Que up
your tape or dvd to the place where you wish and click the Start
Capture button. (Note: If you use a directly attached (FireWire) DV
camera, you may be able to use the controls below the preview window
to also control your camera.)
- When done, click Stop Capture and then the Finish button.
Step 2: Edit Movie
Step 3: Finish Movie
Step 4: Store your video and clean up your old files
you wish to make a DVD of your movie, you will need to use the Roxio
Easy CD/DVD creator, Sonic My DVD, or other software depending on which
computer you are working.
- Clean up all old files on the Multimedia workstation