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Create Great Photos from Your Videos with Windows Live Movie Maker

Updated on December 4, 2012

Stop searching to find the perfect photo to enhance your article or poem. Convert your videos into unique and useful photos on your desktop.

Chances are you already have Windows Live Movie Maker and Microsoft Picture Manager installed on your computer. With a little practice, these software programs can be powerful video and graphic tools. You can make your own photos for Hubpages, Facebook, webpages, and other sharing media from your homemade video.

If you don't have the option to post a video on the page, photos are the next best thing. Using simple techniques and common software, you can create png, jpeg, and gif files from your videos. Before converting your video into photos, always check which file format is accepted on that particular page. Hubpages allows jpeg, png, and gif files, so one of those formats would be your target graphic file.

How to Make Graphics from Videos

Step by Step Instructions Shown on Video

Convert Video to Photo:

1. Open Windows Live Movie Maker and click on the “Home” tab.

2. Add Video from your Computer to the stage.

3. Toggle the video until the frame (photo) you want appears in the window.

Screen Shots of Movie Maker

Screen Shot
Screen Shot

Slide and Toggle to Find Your Best Frame

Take the Picture

1. Click the button “Snapshot” on the home tab.

2. Save the photo to your computer under a title you’ll remember.

Edit the Photo in Microsoft Office Picture Manager

Microsoft Office Picture Manager
Microsoft Office Picture Manager

Now Edit the Photo

For Cropping, Color Enhancement, Enlargement, and Contrast

Right click photo (graphic) and open with Microsoft Picture Manager.

1. Click “Edit Pictures” tab and apply the options to improve photo appearance.

2. Click “Crop” if you’d like to edit the photo.

3. Never resize a photo more than 2x the size.

4. Click “OK” to crop the photo.

5. Save the photo to your computer file.

Original Photo: 320x240

Original Photo
Original Photo

Finished Photo: 440x360

Photo After Editing
Photo After Editing

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Steps to Windows Live Movie Maker

Open Live Movie Maker
You may choose to sign in or create a password via Windows ID: It is not necessary to use Live Movie Maker
Use a full screen to see all options and features


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    • eHealer profile image

      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Peggy, yes you can make videos from photos, like a video stream. I appreciate your comments and thanks for the vote up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is interesting. I don't have any videos but from one of the comments, apparently one can use Windows Movie Maker to also created videos from photos. I'll have to check that out! Thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Rajan, I think it would help people to find photos for their hubs, articles, and webpages. I'm making another video to make amazing slide shows on Movie Maker.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful lesson in using the Windows movie maker to create movies from photos. I would want to make a movie from old photos to save them for posterity. Great idea!

      Voted up, useful and interesting. Bookmarked.

      Sharing this too, ehealer.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I love the Lotus! Thank you for posting and the Tweet. I'm going to check it out on apple's iMovie. That is a great idea! Got to rev up the mac. Thanks Lotus. See ya soon on your hubs.

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I bet this would work nicely with apple's iMovie too. Thanks for the reminder that video frames make great original photo's. Rated up and tweeted!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Hey Doc! Nice to see you. You are the master of movies, I just have a few tricks up my sleeve. Thank you, your comments mean a lot to me. I am so glad you liked it. I've been watching your hubs on Premiere and have learned a few of them. Party on Doc!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Great hub, eHealer. I do use windows movie maker to make my videos from pics and this reverse aspect also appeals to me. I've recently acquired a Mac and finding my too-long -PC-user brain to get used to the interface. .. voted up/useful!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am so glad you find it useful Sid, I appreciate the support. I'll have more soon. Thanks!

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks - I've been wanting to try this, and your clear instructions make it easy! Voted up and useful.

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thank you ProspectBoy for the support. I am so glad it was helpful to you! If you have videos, you can make your own snapshots. Party on!

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      Bradrick H. 5 years ago from Texas

      I didn't even know that this could be done. I've used Windows Movie Maker in the past, but I didn't know it could do all of this. Using it to convert videos to photos may definitely be an option for me in the future. Great hub for sure. Well done!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks Elijah, it's all about sharing. Thanks for the comment and your new hubs are awesome.

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      Elijahokelley 5 years ago

      I'm pretty familiar with Movie Maker and editing film and pictures but I must say I did pick up a couple things from this hub. Nicely done!