Making Movie using Windows Movie Maker (WMM)

WMM comes together with your Windows Operating System. You went for a vacation, took many pictures. Now how do you show your friends and love ones your experience and observations. The most practical way is to make a “movie” out of it and later can even burn to CD and distribute to your love ones.

The way to go about making a movie using WMM …

1) Select all the images required for the movie.
2) Select a background music or song for the movie.
3) Put all of the above in one new file folder.
4) Sequence all your images accordingly.
5) Open the windows movie maker (WMM) program.
6) Save as a new project via: File – save project as –
7) Import all the prepared images and song file to the WMM.
8) Drag and place the song file to the “audio/music” timeline.
9) Highlight all the image files and drag the “lot” onto the “video” timeline.
10) Save your project file frequently.
11) Check whether the total images timeline is shorter or longer than the song file.
12) If the images < song, you can either add more images or “extend the time for some of the images.
13) If the images > song, you can either add another song or remove some images.
14) After the images=song timeline, do a check with playback.
15) What you have done so far is only the “basic” movie.
16) It will be more interesting if you continue to fine tune the movie with the following:
a) Effects – fade in/out, ease in/out, etc.
b) Transitions – how the images present itself.
c) Titles and credits.

17) After everything is in order, go to “publish” the song in “wmv” format.
18) One movie with about 2+ minutes duration requires about 9MB of memory.

View Sample No:1 – Click link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGd-wuNMHKc

View Sample No:2 – Click link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqD8wKAsWQg

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How to make a Karaoke Song using Windows Movie Maker

In one of my earlier posts, I described how to make a karaoke song using Microsoft PowerPoint.
You can also use Windows Movie Maker (which comes together with the Windows Operating System software). Here is how you go about it …

1) Prepare one or sufficient quantity of images to fill up the complete song.
2) Embed song lyrics to each image by using PowerPoint program.
3) Find one song file in “wav” format.
4) Put all these raw files in one new file folder.
5) Open the windows movie maker (WMM) program.
6) Save as a new project via: File – save project as –
7) Import all the prepared images and song file to the WMM.
8) Drag and place the song file to the “audio/music” timeline.
9) If you have a title slide, put this one first onto the “video” timeline.
10) Check the time required before the song “starts”.
11)Drag and place the first song slide after the “title” slide.
12) Check the time required for all the words sung and adjust the timeline accordingly.
13) Repeat process with the second and the third song slides and so on until the complete song is sung.
14) Check completed song on timing and fine tune when necessary.
15) After everything is in order, go to “publish” the song in “avi” format.
16) One song with about 3+ minutes duration requires about 1GB of memory.

View sample: click link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6TCo9B3lJ0

How to Reduce the Size of your Picture

Now and then, most of us may have difficulty sending our pictures through the email. This is because the service provider (e.g. gmail, hotmail, yahoo, singnet, etc) put a cap on the maximum amount of file size attachment we can send at one time. If you have a lot of pictures with high resolution to send, you can simply reduce the file size first. If still in trouble, you can send the pictures in batches, a few at a time. One simple way to reduce your (picture) file size is to make use of the Paint Program in your computer. Note, if you still want to keep your original picture with high resolution, make a copy first and put all your copies (pictures) in one new file folder. With the copies in your new folder, do the following:

1)Place the mouse on the 1st picture, right click the mouse and move the mouse to the selection “Open with”
2) Go to the adjacent menu and select “Paint” program with a left click.
3)With the 1st picture just opened, save the picture under the same file name. This will over-write the existing file and at the same time reduces the file size.
4) Repeat the above with the 2nd picture.

Video Conferencing

In the olden days, when we talked about video conferencing, it is usually an important business meeting where parties around the world can discuss and see each other in a private room in a teleco company.
Now the above is things of the past. You can video conference with your love ones, anywhere in the world without leaving your home. All both parties need are two sets of suitable Wi-Fi enable mobile equipment installed with a suitable program. No computer is required. Just dial the other party like any mobile phone and both picture and voice will be connected.
enjoy …