Adding Animations and Visual Effects to Your Live Video

Your videos can have animations that are used when moving between media items. Each item can have one transition, one pan and zoom effect, or both a transition and a pan and zoom effect. For example, you can transition by cross-fading and then pan right.

Your videos also can have visual effects. Visual effects act as filters and include a black-and-white filter as well as black-and-white filters with various color tones.

You work with transitions and pan and zoom effects on the Animations pane. You work with visual effects on the Visual Effects pane. Any transition or effect that you can apply to a single item can be added to multiple items simultaneously as well. Just select all of the items that should have be modified before applying the transition or effect.

An item with a transition has transition marker, as shown in Figure 10-53.

Figure 10-53. An item with a transition

Figure 10-53. An item with a transition

An item with an effect has an effects icon as shown in Figure 10-54.

An item with an effect has an effects icon as shown in Figure 10-54.

Figure 10-54. An item with an effect

Figure 10-54. An item with an effect

An item with both a transition and a pan and zoom effect has an effects icon as shown in Figure 10-55.

Figure 10-55. An item with a transition and an effect

You can add transitions and pan and zoom effects to media items by completing the following steps:

1. In Windows Live Movie Maker, click Animations on the toolbar to display the available transitions and pan and zoom effects, as shown in Figure 10-56.

2. Select the item or items to which you want to apply a particular transition or effect.

3. Click a transition to apply it to the selected item or items. So you can see how a transition works, the Preview pane shows how the transition is applied. To remove a transition, use the up button to scroll all the way up through the list and then select the No Transition option.

There are about 70 transitions and not all of them can be viewed at the same time in the Transitions pane. Use the up and down buttons provided on the right side of the Transitions pane to navigate through the list of available transitions. Alternatively, click the More button in the lower-right corner of the pane to expand the Transitions pane for easy navigation.

4. Click an effect to apply it to the selected item or items. The Preview pane shows how the effect is applied. To remove an effect, use the up button to scroll all the way up through the list and then select the No Effect option.

There are about 20 effects and not all of them can be viewed at the same time in the Pan and Zoom pane. Use the up and down buttons provided on the right side of the Pan and Zoom pane to navigate through the list of available effects. Alternatively, click the More button in the lower-right corner of the pane to expand the Pan and Zoom pane for easy navigation.

Figure 10-56. Selecting transitions and effects

5. Transitions and effects have separate duration values. To set the transition duration, click the transition and then choose or enter the desired duration. To set the pan and zoom effect duration, click the effect and then choose or enter the desired duration. The default duration of a transition or effect is one second. The combined duration for transitions and effects cannot exceed the display duration of the item.

You can add visual effects to media items by completing the following steps:

1. In Windows Live Movie Maker, click Visual Effects on the toolbar and then select the item or items to which you want to apply a particular visual effect.

2. Click a visual effect to apply it to the selected item or items. So you can see how a transition works, the Preview pane shows how the transition is applied. There are about 20 visual effects and not all of them can be viewed at the same time in the Effects pane. Use the up and down buttons provided on the right side of the Effects pane to navigate through the list of available transitions. To remove a transition, use the up button to scroll up through the list and then select the No Effect option.

3. Use the Brightness option to adjust the brightness of an item. Click the Brightness button and then slide the slider to the left to darken or slide to the right to brighten.

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