Creating a Digital Story Using Microsoft Windows Movie Maker (WMM) Program – in Windows 8.1 Operating System

Before starting to create the digital story, ensure you have all your resource materials like photos, music files, video clips, draft script, narration ready.

(A) Transferring Photos and Song to WMM – (Home Menu)

A1. Create a new file folder in the Desktop page. Name the file folder accordingly.
A2. Make a copy of all resource materials into this new file folder.
A3. Sequence all your photos selected by renaming them appropriately, like 01-xxx, 02-xxx and so on.
A4. Assuming you have already installed this WMM program in your computer, open this program. This will bring you to the “Home” menu of the WMM.
A5. Click “Add Videos and photos” and go to your file folder and select all photos required. You can highlight the first photo and with “shift + left click” of mouse, you have selected all photos required. Next click “open”.
A6. Still under the “Home” menu, click “Add music”. Then click “Add music from PC”. Select (highlight) song file required and click “open”.
A7. With the photos and song file transferred to the WMM program, do a “File” – “Save Project as” and provide a suitable file name.
A8. At this stage, you can do a test play and see how the movie is developing.

(B) Adding Title/Caption/Credits to WMM (Home Menu)

B1. Adding Title: Under “Title/Caption/Credits”, click “Title” and change text to appropriate wordings. You can also change the type/size of fonts as desired.
B2. Adding Credits: Under “Title/Caption/Credits”, click “Credits” and change text to appropriate wordings. You can also change the type/size of fonts as desired.
B3. Adding Caption: First, place the cursor in front of the photo (slide) you wish to add Caption. Under “Title/Caption/Credits”, click “Caption” and change text to appropriate wordings. You can change the type/size of fonts as desired. Adjust the text to location on photo desired. To do this, shift mouse to any corner of the text, left click and hold mouse key, shift to desired position then release left click of mouse.
B4. After all the photos in B3 with Caption are completed, you can do another “File” – “Save Project as” and do a test play.

(C) Adding Transition and Pan/Zoom to WMM (Animations Menu)

C1. Adding Transition
Put cursor in front of photo (slide) and select “transition” required. You can check the effect before “clicking” to accept desired transition for the selected photo (slide). Repeat for all photos (slides) required.

C2. Adding Pan and Zoom
Put cursor in front of photo (slide) and select “Pan & Zoom” required. You can check the effect before “clicking” to accept desired Pan/Zoom for the selected photo (slide). Repeat for all photos (slides) required.

C3. After all the photos in C1 & C2 are completed, you can do another “File” -“Save Project as” and do a test play.

(D) Final Test and Publishing the Movie

With all the Steps stated in A to C completed, you have to “convert” or “publish” the WMM movie. Only after you have published or converted the WMM file to “mp4” movie format then you can share the movie with your friends or playback on another computer.

Xmas Walk (19-12-2014, Friday – 6.30PM to 9.30PM)

It is the time of the year again where we will say goodbye to the current Year (2014) and welcoming the New Year (2015).

It is also timely to count our blessing year by year by meeting with like-minded people to cherish our fellowship and having a simple Christmas food court dinner together. As with any other years, this is a good time and opportunity to stroll, after dinner, along Orchard Road and try your night photography skills with your smartphone and/or camera. For those interested, please see details below.

Date: 19th Dec 2014 (Friday evening)
Time: 6.30PM to 9.30PM
Meeting Place and Start Point: Tanglin Mall Food Court (junction of Orchard Road & Grange Road). End Point will be at Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station.

Program:
1) Dinner before chat: 6.30PM to 7.30PM: for those who can come early, we can have a dinner together in the food court and getting to know each other better.
2) Fellowship: 7.30PM to 8.30PM: Chat at Mall (free n easy – form your own small group on per table basis). Share what you have experienced this year, your reflections, what you can do better,
3) Start walking: 8.30PM to 9.30PM: Start walking and picture taking.
4) For those who want to know how they can enhance their computer skills, please come a bit earlier, say 6.00PM or stay back in Plaza Singapura Kopitiem till 10.30PM.
Size of Gathering: Registration will close when 20 is reached.
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SIWA (2013)

Those coming:
1) Charles Wee
2) Gabriella Chua
3) Winnie Tan
4) Maureen Lee
5) Grace Kang
6) Joan Ang
7) Leon Lau
8) Peter Loo
9) Laura Wee
10) Dorothy Low
11) Serene Low
12) Noelle Tan
13) Moon Wong
14) Eyvonne Chew
15) Christina Pan
16) Lily Lim
17) Irene Poh
18) Lina Tan
19) Marg Tian
20) Irene Chua
21) Dorine Tan
Registration is now CLOSED.