Make Your Own Film - With Windows Movie Maker (WMM)

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Be Your Own Movie Director

Have you ever watched a movie, or perhaps a TV show and thought "I wish I could do that", or maybe even, "I could do better than that"? - If only you had the money, the equipment, the skills and the distribution deal, you too could be a great director - A great Movie Maker?

Well fret no more my little one, you Can be a Movie maker. What's more, the chances are that you already have all the equipment you need, including a huge audience just waiting for you to produce something.

The Youtube Revolution

The times, my friend, are a changin' These days almost anybody can become a Movie maker and Director with very little effort thanks to modern technology. In fact, many millions of people have done just that and displayed their efforts as a movie maker to a world-wide audience thanks to video hosting websites like Youtube.

Youtube was the first successful Video Hosting site and it's stunning success has been the motivation for many hundreds of others to follow in it's wake. Just take an hour or so to browse through Youtube and you will find more home-made productions by back-yard movie maker/ producers than you can shake a very large stick at.

Youtube has made it so simple for anyone to make a movie - upload it - and find their audience. Some funny, some sad, some good, some bad - and some that are indistinguishable from professional productions!

Most Youtube producers are self taught, learning either by trail-and-error how to be a movie maker, or by referring to the thousands of tutorial videos available on Youtube and similar sites, and the sheer variety of videos and subjects they produce is breathtaking.


Movie Crew
Movie Crew

Doesn't this require a lot of expensive equipment?

Well of course, like any other hobby, the cost of top-range equipment can run into tens of thousands of dollars - But you can become a movie maker, and can probably start producing very acceptable movies using just what you have already.

To make movies, you need just three things:

  1. A Camera
  2. Editing Software
  3. An Audience

Camera - You absolutely do not need an expensive camera to be a movie maker producing movies for Youtube. Most mobile phones these days have the facility to record video. (Some of the more modern ones even offer High-Definition video).

Do you have a Digital camera? Most digital cameras also offer the facility to record video. If not, don't despair - It's possible to be a movie maker without shooting an inch of video footage.Many movie makers produce videos on youtube that are composed entirely of still shots with effects, sound and music added at the editing stage. Indeed, many producers have created stunning video using nothing more than this technique.

Editing Software - Again you can purchase some very technical programmes which can produce any effect you desire and which will require a steep learning curve and cost you a lot of money - Or you can use the editor you already have -

Whoa - Stop right there! - Did you say the editor I already have? - But I don't already have an editor program.

You sure? - If you are running Windows on your PC, Just click on "All programs" and search down the list until you find a prog called "Windows Movie Maker" - This is movie editing software, and it comes shipped with every copy of Windows.

Find your copy of Windows Movie Maker (click "Start" then "All Programs" and just look down the list until you see "Windows Movie Maker"), open the program and play around with it. It's very easy to use and will allow you to produce some very professional effects. Youtube is literally bursting at the seams with tutorials for "Windows movie maker" - So if you are at any point wondering how to use any of the features of Windows Movie Maker, remember that Youtube is your friend.

I received a message from one reader who was very upset because Windows Movie Maker (WMM) would not allow him to import the video that he had shot on his mobile phone. The most likely explanation is that his phone does not record video in AVI or WMV format (which are the only video formats WMM accepts). This is easily remedied by using free conversion software (just Google "free video conversion software" - you will find lots). Just convert whatever format your phone records in to WMV and you're ready to go!

Audience - You will find a willing audience for your creations on Youtube and similar sites. Uploading your video is very easy to do (Windows Movie Maker can optimise your movie for use in email, youtube or just for showing direct on your computer). You can create you own "Channel" (which is a bit like having your own TV station which will host all your videos ready for immediate viewing). It's simple to mark your videos as uniquely your own, and you can even collect your own fans (or subscribers) who will be automatically be informed whenever you produce a new movie - Some producers have subscribers numbering in the millions!

Did You Know About Windows Movie Maker

Did you know that Windows came along with it's own Free movie editor?

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Be your own Movie Director
Be your own Movie Director

Want to go professional?

So, with your camera and Windows Movie Maker, you are all set to go. Not only will it cost you nothing to be your own Movie Producer - You could even get paid for doing so!

I'm not Kidding - If you can build up your base of Youtube subscribers, you could become a "Youtube Partner". This is a scheme where Youtube will share with you any advertising revenue that your movie views collect.

As you can imagine, with some videos collecting millions of views, such revenue in not to be sniffed at. Many Youtubers make a substantial income from their efforts.

Some even earn their living on Youtube - Yes! professional Youtubers! - and there are a select few who earn a Massive income from it. So, don't think it can't be done - all you have to do is grab your video camera and start.

On second thoughts, you might not even need a video camera (Check out the video below.)

No Excuses

So if you Really want to be a movie producer - What's stopping you? Pick up that camera and get filming.

You will certainly gain great satisfaction - and you may even make some money. Who knows? - You may be the next Speilberg

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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

I found your article useful and am following. Welcome to Hubpages.


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@ sligobay. Thanks very much for your comments. Good to have you on board.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Best of Luck, Gaizy.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Great guide! I'm glad you've put it together :D


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

You're welcome Simone.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I have used MovieMaker and actually a friend and I have developed a character to "YouTube." Now I have the inspiration. Thanks.


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@hyphenbird - Glad to be of help - let me know when your first vid comes out - I'd like to see it.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Congratulations on your nomination, Gaizy.

I, for one, had seeen it listed under "all programs' but never checked out the program. Thanks for sharing how this program is used.


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@FloraBreenRobison - Thanks for your comments and have fun making movies.


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Very interesting. I'm not sure I'm ready to make movies, but it's nice to know that I can if I want to!


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GreenMathDr 5 years ago

Very interesting. I probably have a use for this information. Congratulations on your nomination.


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

Thanks Cardelean - Try it. Editing is fun even if you never show the results to anyone.


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

Thanks for the comments GreenMath Dr.


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I have yet to learn video editing...but wouldn't it be nice to be our own movie director? It would! :)

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To read and vote, this way: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Nuggets-for-El...


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@ripplemaker - Thanks for your comments.Try Windows Movie Maker - It's really easy to be your own mini-movie director


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VirginiaLynne 5 years ago from United States

Welcome to hubpages--I've been here about the same time that you have. I discovered WMM after a friend suggested I try that before getting a more expensive program. You are right that it is easy, although I've actually had some troubles with it when I was using it on a slower computer--it tends to freeze up or not be able to do publishing on a CD or even on that computer. Still, it is great to have a place to start. Now I use WMM for small projects and Adobe Elements for longer ones. How about adding a couple of YouTube videos to your hub? Also, from your title, I was expecting a bit more instruction on how to do it. Most of the people who voted did know about WMM, but I think your potential audience is people who have never used it--give them some hints!


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@ VirginiaLynne - Thanks for the comments. That's a good idea - a basic how-to for people who have never been near an editor in their lives - I'll get to work on it. As for the YouTube videos, I think most of my other WMM Hubs have videos attached. You may have landed on the only one without LOL.


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myi4u 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Great hub! Sometimes, we don't really have to look far as some basic software can help us go a long way. After all, we all learn from basic first before progressing. I believe, not many people realise that there's this Windows Movie Maker that comes preinstalled on their Windows operating system. And best of all, it's free!


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@ myi4u. I agree. Even if you dont want to make movies,there are other uses - WMM is excellent for making photo slide shows or even business presentations for example.


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KatieP ThinEnough 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I have made a few videos with just still pictures but I used a program called Photo to Movie which has some interesting transitions. Take a look http://vimeo.com/katiepaul


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sankari.nayagam 5 years ago

Nice hub! Even I tried to make a movie using clippings from different videos and AVS video editor. I had written about it in my hub. But you have said the facts about making movies in WMM more clearly. I liked the way you have put it. A link or a video of your work on WMM would have made it more clear and inspiring,I believe!!


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@KatiePThinEnough - Thanks for the info Kate. Your videos are both interesting and powerful.


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

A sakari.nayagam - Thanks for the comments - It looks like I'm going to have to make a video ;)


debraselmore 5 years ago

I checked my computer and discovered that I don't have Windows Movie Maker. After reading some of your other HubPage postings and watching a couple of your how-to videos I am having some serious thoughts about missing out on all that fun! I am really glad that you took the time to create a site map for your postings because I don't want to miss a single one!


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@ debraselmore - Srange that you haven't got WMM on your computer - Never mind, you can download a copy from here (XP)- http://www.brothersoft.com/windows-movie-maker-761...

Or here (vista) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@ Sankari Nayagam - Thanks for your comment. It looks like I will have to work on a video of this.


fashion 5 years ago

Very informative and helpful hub.


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Gaizy 5 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@fashion - Thanks for your comments.


eviixb3ast 4 years ago

i try to use my phone but it keeps saying on wmm that it cant take these files and im trying to import a vid


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Gaizy 4 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK Author

@evixb3ast - WMM can only import AVI and WMV video files. If your phone does not produce these files, you need to get a video converter - Just google "Free video converter software" - there are lots out there - and convert your files to WMV and then WMM will accept them.

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