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Book Trailers - for HS students: 6: MovieMaker Infor

Contains links, examples and instructions for creating student-made book trailers.

La Follette High School

At LHS, we have Windows Live MovieMaker 2011. There are different versions and they will work differently, depending on which version you are using. MovieMaker is a free software that is usually included with most Windows/ PCs, so you probably have it at home, too. If not, get your parent's permission, and download it for free at home here.

MovieMaker HOW-TO (basics)

Editing – Open Windows Movie Maker (on all the computers in the school library)

1)      Save it FIRST – Alt +F -> Save Project As: Booktitle+your last name  (example: KiteRunnervanBuren) and save it to your drive

2)      Import your images (and video, if you’re using other video) – Under the “Home” tab, click on the picture labeled “Add photos and video” It will open a new window – tell the computer where to look (like in your documents folder or wherever you’ve saved those images and things)

3)      Drag the pictures and video clips around until everything is in the order you want

4)      ADD TEXT! Next to the “snapshot” button in the “Home” tab, are three little text options. The top one lets you add a slide with JUST text, the middle one lets you put text on your photo, and the bottom one lets you add a credits slide (just text) for the end of your video. You’ll use the middle one the most!

5)      To edit your photos: Use copy and paste to add the same image a second or third time (will last longer on screen and you can add more text)

6)      To edit any video: Click on the “edit” tab at the top. Move the black line to the part you want to break up and select “split” – this will break you video into two parts. Delete the parts you don’t want to use, keep what you want.

7)      Transitions: Use the “Animations” tab to transition from one image or video to the next (so it doesn’t just ‘jump’) - Avoid cheesy transitions. Stick to basic fade and dissolve.

8)      Special effects: Use the “Visual Effects” tool to change your images or videos slightly (optional). Make sure the effects "fit" the mood of your trailer.

9)      Add audio: If you recorded your own voice or want to add music, now is the time to add it (after you’re done editing, adding text, adding credits, etc.) In the “Home” tab, click the “add music” button and add your audio file(s). There should be a new tab at the top (in green) called “music tools” where you can adjust the volume and cut the audio short if you need to.

10)   SAVE for yourself (this will be a MovieMaker file, not a video file for YouTube) *and*

             ***when you are DONE, DONE, DONE and ready to turn in your project: ALSO “save movie” “for high definition display” so you can upload it to your Google Drive and then share the file with your teacher

Saving your files

MovieMaker doesn't work with Google Drive, so you'll need to save all of your images, any video and any music and audio you want to use:

  • ON the "J" drive, and/or
  • On a USB drive that you keep with you

When you save images from the web, you need to make sure they are HIGH-RESOLUTION. In other words, the bigger the picture, the better it will turn out in your video. If it's too small, it will appear blurry or just be hard to see.

Visual How-To