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Figure 10-44. Saving your movie project

You can save as a project file by completing the following steps:

1. Click File and then select Save As.

2. In the Save Project As dialog box, shown in Figure 10-44, the last folder location you used for saving project files is opened by default. If this isn't the folder you want to use, browse to the folder you want to use.

3. Type a descriptive name for your video and then click Save.

Although you can use spaces in the video name, I've chosen not to use spaces in the example to make it easier to work with the file. With this project name, if you were to click Start and then type dayat into the Search box, you'd see this project file in the Files list and could then double-click the filename to open the movie in Windows Movie Maker. Of course, you could also click Start and then type mswmm into the Search box to see a list of all movie project files.

By default, your project is saved in your personal My Videos folder. If you don't want to use this folder, click the Browse for Folders button to expand the dialog box and include additional folder browsing features. You can then select a folder in which to save your project.

After you save your project, you can publish your movie. Publishing your movie creates the finished video file. In most cases, you'll want to publish the movie to your computer or to a DVD. If you publish the movie to your computer, you'll select the encoding settings as shown in Table 10-3.

Table 10-3. Movie encoding settings for Windows Movie Maker

File type

File extension

Aspect ratio

Bit rate

Display size

Frames per second

DV-Video

.avi

4:3

28.6 Mbps

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