Creating an Auto Movie

After you finish creating and editing your storyboard, you are ready to move on to the next phase of video production, which involves adding effects, transitions, titles, credits, and a soundtrack. While you can perform each of these tasks manually, you can also have Windows Movie Maker perform them for you automatically using the Au-toMovie feature. Not only is this a great timesaver, but it also allows you to see firsthand how various approaches to video production work.

To create an AutoMovie, complete the following steps:

1. In Windows Movie Maker, click the AutoMovie button on the toolbar.

2. As shown in Figure 10-27, you can now select one of the following AutoMovie editing styles:

Fade and Reveal

Applies fade and reveal transitions throughout the video.

Flip and Slide

Applies flip, slide, reveal, and page curl transitions throughout the video. Highlights Movie

Adds cut and fade transitions throughout the video, and inserts title and credit frames.

Music Video

Attempts to sync the video to music you select. This works best if the selected music is as long in duration as the video. Old Movie

Applies the film age effect to media items. Sports Highlights

Selects video clips showing action, and inserts title and credit frames.

Figure 10-27. Selecting the editing style

3. Click the "Enter a title for the movie" link and then type the title text, as shown in Figure 10-28.

4. Click the "Select audio or background music" link to display the "Add audio or background music" page shown in Figure 10-29.

Figure 10-28. Setting the movie title
Figure 10-29. Setting the audio options

5. To select audio or music files to play with the video, click the Browse link. In the Open dialog box, select the first audio file you want to use in the video and then click Open. Repeat this process to select each additional audio file to include.

The total running time of all the audio files you select should be at least as much as or more than the total running time of the video. If it isn't, Windows Movie Maker will fill in the tracks from last to first, starting at the end of the video, and there will be a gap at the beginning of the video with no soundtrack.

6. Use the "Audio levels" slider to control whether the audio from the video or the audio/music you've added should have precedence. To play your audio/music without hearing the audio from the video, move the slider all the way to the right. To mix the audio from the video back in, move the slider to the left. The more you move the slider to the left, the more prevalent the audio from the video will be.

7. Click Create AutoMovie to have Windows Movie Maker create the movie for you. If you don't like the results, you can always fine-tune the movie before finalizing it.

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