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How to Create Video in Windows Movie Maker

Updated on March 9, 2013

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Movie Maker is a Windows program which can be used to easily create videos for sharing on Facebook, YouTube and of course Hubpages.

I have only begun to work and play in Movie Maker.

Amazed by the ease of use and creative possibilities, I am glad to pass on my experience to readers, to be inspired and equipped for making your own video creations.

Movie Maker 2012, the latest version at this writing, is a free download from Microsoft.

Between the few months when I published an earlier hub on making a 'slide show video in Movie Maker' and recent hubs on Hawai'i and reflexology, some very cool features were added to the program. Post production of the WizCapture video file (the screen captured video for the tutorial) was done in Movie Maker 2012.

The tutorial demonstrates the post-production of a reflexology instruction video. To make the video file showing how to give a reflex foot rub, I captured the footage using my webcam. Then I added the video file to a new project in Movie Maker. It was simple to add music tracks at the beginning and end, set the start and stop times, and give them a slow fade in and fade out.

A point of confusion may be that while the tutorial demonstrates making a video on reflexology, I pasted text into the title slide for 'How to Create Video in Windows Movie Maker.' It would have made more sense for the title slide to be 'How to Give a Wonderful Reflex Foot Rub.' Movie Maker brought up the title from the WizCapture filename, and I was a tad confused at that point. But I trust that the viewer can make the mental adjustment.

Before starting your own project, if you don't know the version I suggest assuring that it is the latest release.

Capturing Screen Movements for the Tutorial

The program used to capture the screen movements and voice-over for this tutorial video is CaptureWizPro by PixelMetrics. For years I have used CaptureWiz to make still screen captures. The program suits me well. I also like the laid-back style of messages within it, from the Colorado software outfit. Before this hub, I had not used the video capture feature and did not know its capabilities.

When the idea dawned to make another Movie Maker tutorial, I searched the internet for 'record video screen tutorial.' Several leads came up, including Camtasia Studio for $300, Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 for free and reviews comparing CamStudio Vs. FRAPS.'

I selected Expression Encoder first, which required installing Service Pack 2. That went okay. But after three failed attempts to install Encoder, I left a message on the forum and moved on.

Next I downloaded a program billed as free. Yes, it is free in a way, but with a string attached. You have to agree to the toolbar. I was fresh from a learning experience with internet downloads and toolbars. My laptop had stopped booting. Hours went into solving the issues. Not willing to accept any more toolbars, I cancelled the 'free video recording software' installation.

Then the idea came to test the video capture feature of CaptureWizPro. It is a small and simple program which cost about $30 a few years ago (there is no remuneration to me for the plug.) My preconceived idea was that it couldn't do much with video. I was not expecting to be able to record my voice along with mouse moves and window openings on the screen.

This video hub is the proof of the CaptureWiz pudding. It tells me also that it pays to drop preconceived notions, look at what I already have before looking elsewhere, and always be willing to experiment.

This hub presents my first creation of a screen captured video. It was fun experimentation, and will be fun to hear that you are sparked to move ahead with your creative impulses. I also appreciate any corrections or suggestions for the tutorial, left as a comment so readers can benefit.

Any comments or suggestions?

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    • Emanate Presence profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary R. Smith 

      5 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      Hi WalterPoon,

      I do not know why your MM would have stopped working. There are so many factors - hardware, OS, other programs you may have, the version of MM you have installed.

      BUT, I can point you to a great resource, the Microsoft forums. I found them to be very helpful people. I recently had extreme issues with my laptop - not booting, etc. Hundreds of hours to fix. Learned a lot. The forums were indispensable. You probably have to find one you can access from your part of the world. I go to

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      Poon Poi Ming 

      5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Emanate Presence, I used to use Windows Movie Maker. It's good for making simple videos but for the last few months, it suddenly stopped working. Do you have any idea why?

    • KoraleeP profile image

      Koralee Phillips 

      5 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thanks for the extra tips. I will definitely make a back-up :).

    • Emanate Presence profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary R. Smith 

      5 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      If I may say so, when you are ready, just experiment. The learning will be fun and nothing can go wrong.

      As a suggestion, make a backup copy of files before experimenting so you can go back to the originals when you choose.

    • KoraleeP profile image

      Koralee Phillips 

      5 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Thanks a lot for writing this tutorial. I haven't made a video yet because I am worried I won't be able to edit it...I am a little technically retarded lol. I feel little bit more secure now, but time will tell. Voting up, interesting, and sharing.


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