Answered By: Lora Cowell
Last Updated: May 01, 2015     Views: 8

ESSENTIALS to Pain Free Movie Projects Using Windows Movie Maker 

The most common concerns/problems encountered during video production can be elimintated if you follow these essential guidelines:

1. Drives

Choose a LOCAL drive (internal or external) to work on.  Video editing requires fast speeds and lots of space. Using a networked drive (your H drive) may be risky, since it depends the varying and unpredictable speed of network connections.  Often problems with network drives don't show up until you've already invested significant time into the project.  

2. Folders

Create a folder on the drive and deliberately save EVERYTHING to the folder.  This includes all of your video and audio elements (clips, mp3s, etc.) and the project itself.  The folder will allow you to move things gracefully and find them when the program loses track of where they are.

3. Transfers

Move clips off of the camera IMMEDIATELY (into your folder).  Import your clips into the project FROM THE FOLDER (never from the camera!).  If you are going to rename them, rename them BEFORE you start editing.

4. Saves

When you have finished editing your project, do a final "Save Project As" and THEN export the project to a "flattened" movie by going to File  "Save Movie As" and select "For computer."  The .WMV file this creates is the final project can be turned in, loaded the internet, etc.  If you turn in the project file rather than a .WMV, your teacher will not be able to see the video!

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