Windows Movie Maker for Your Classroom Kathryn Staton, Education Specialist, WVPT

Windows Movie Maker
for Your Classroom
Kathryn Staton, Education Specialist, WVPT
Windows Movie Make
8:50 – 9:00
Agenda & Objectives
9:10 - 9:30
Overview of Windows Movie
Basics of what the software can do
9:30 – 9:45
Assignment: PSA on some
aspect of your school
With a partner (depending on participant)
video tape segments to create a PSA
9:45 – 10:10
Import, edit, showcase PSA
10:10 -10:20
Wrap Up/Summarize/
Comment Cards
Handout Folders, Q&A, Collect Comment
To become acquainted with the full spectrum of Windows Movie Maker
To become familiar with ideas of use in the classroom
To gain insights on how to create your own movie
Classroom Uses and Ideas
• Student
• Student research
• Slide shows
• Advertisements
• PSAs
Video yearbook
Field trips
Teacher or student
• Interviews
• Digital storytelling
Organize ahead of time!
Think about story and video
Starts basic
Plan shots
A Student
Camera Comments
• Make sure you have enough of the right
kind of tapes
• Plan for disaster (battery AND power
• Pay attention to details
• Frame the shot
Starting up
Left side
Tasks or Collections
• Movie tasks- Provides quick shortcuts to
common tasks
• Collections- Lets you see the different
collections of movies and music you have
• I prefer using the Movie Tasks option
because it walks you through what to do.
Middle: Contents pane
• Shows clips within a collection
• Gives more detail on the different task
• May also show photos and music to drag
to storyboard or timeline
Right: Preview Window
• Previews movie
• Includes still frame and split image
• Works like a CD player
Bottom: Storyboard or Timeline
• Working area of
movie creation
• Arrange layout of
movie, including
clips, transitions,
photos, credits,
audio, etc.
Storyboard view
Timeline view
You’ve taken the video
Now what?
Connect camera to computer
Turn camera to VCR or VTR mode
Open Windows Movie Maker
Click “Capture from device”
Video Capture Wizard pops up
Select the DV camera
• Connect your Flip Camera to computer
• Transfer video from camera to computer
Remember, do not move your video until your project is finished
and a movie is rendered!!
• In WMM choose import video
• Locate video and click import
Images and Music
• In the Movie Tasks area
• Select “Import pictures” or “Import
Audio or Music”
• Find pictures or music you want
• NOTE: Do NOT move movie, picture or
audio files when working on the movie!
Next steps
• Preview and rename all of your clips
• Decide what you want to use and the
order it will go in
• Move clips, images to storyboard
• Under tasks, choose “Make Title or
Splitting Clips
• Move playhead in preview monitor to where
you want to split the clip
• Select split, next to camera
Adding Titles
• Decide where you want
to add the title
• Top area is for main title
• Bottom area is for
subtitles, author, etc.
• Preview in the preview
• Automatically adds title
to movie
• Select “View Video
Transitions” from
task bar
• Choose one and
• Drag to small spot
between clips
• In Tasks, under Edit Movie, select “Make
an AutoMovie”
• Choose style
• Enter a title
• Select music/background
• Great for quickies, slide shows, etc.
Editing clips in Timeline
• Timeline gives much more detailed
information so is easier to edit
• Trim clips by clicking beginning/end and
moving it to where you want to start/stop
Video Effects
• Under Tasks, Edit Movie, select “View
video effects”
• View effects
• Select effect, click and hold while
dragging it to the clip on the timeline or
• Apply up to 6 effect on one clip
Music Copyright Issues
• What can you use in the classroom?
• For student use:
allows students to use music in their
presentations (NO teacher use for free)
Exporting the video
• Under Tasks, Finish Movie, choose how
you want the movie saved
• 3 best options: Save to my computer,
Save to CD, and Save to DV Camera
• Give name and choose location
• Choose setting, look at file size!
• Will take a LONG TIME depending on
the length!!!
Now It’s Your Turn
Choose a Partner (I brought 6 cameras)
Brain storm a quick PSA
Go record your scene
Return to our class and repeat steps given
earlier in PowerPoint
• Create your PSA
• Be sure to include: a title page, some
video and one transition
Remember, parents
appreciate your efforts!
Resources and References
• Adobe Digital Kids Club lesson plans
• WMM2 for beginners
• Atomic Learning FREE tutorials
• For Storyboard templates, you can try a Google search
• For the Wiki click on 4teachers. Scroll to
bottom, click on Teachers Wikis, click on Windows Movie Maker.