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Tutorial: How to watermark your videos with Windows Movie Maker (WMM)

Updated on March 26, 2012
How to Watermark your Videos with WMM
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How to watermark your videos with Windows Movie Maker (WMM)

You may have noticed that many videos that are available on Youtube (and other video sharing sites) have been Watermarked - You don't know what a watermark is? - Ok, let me explain.

A Watermark is simply an unobtrusive name, graphic or logo (usually semi-transparent) that resides somewhere at the edges of the video, and remains there for the entire duration of the video.

It's purpose is to identify the source (i.e. you) of the video to the viewer. Much like mainstream TV channels have their logo in a corner of the screen, your watermark will identify you as the producer of the video.

It is so easy these days for anyone to download a video from the internet and re-publish it without so much as a credit for the video's producer. Worse still, some people will re-issue videos that they have ripped from the internet and claim that it is their own work - and of course if there is some business purpose to your video, this could then result in loss of revenue for you.

But with your logo, name or even complete web address included as an integral part of the video, it's viewers will never be in any doubt as to its origin, and you - not the rip off merchants - get the credit.

Directors Chair
Directors Chair

Is Watermarking your video difficult?

Well, normally you would need some skills in video editing and access to a reasonably sophisticated video editor - one that can handle key-frames.

Unfortunately Windows Movie Maker (WMM) is unable to do this, and so it is technically not possible to use Windows Movie Maker to watermark your videos.

HOWEVER! - It can nevertheless be done by using a slight cheat and manipulating the subtitle facility in Windows Movie Maker.

Here is how you do it.

  • Open the video that you want to Watermark in Windows Movie Maker, and drag it down to the time line.
  • Click on "Make Titles or Credits", then choose "Title on the selected clip" and then type in your name, channel name, web address or whatever word you are going to use as your logo. You will see it appear on the screen.
  • Now click on "Change title animation". A list will open, at the very top of which will be "Titles one line" - This is the group we need. Look down the list until you come to "Subtitle" - Click on this and you will see your text drop to the bottom of the screen.
  • Next click on "Change text font and Colour" and here you can chose a fancy font that will make your logo look cool - You will see the changes happening on the screen in Windows Movie Maker. Now chose the text allignment. Coose either left or right and your logo with move to one of the bottom corners of the screen. You can also change your text size here if you wish.
  • There is also a text-colour tab in Windows Movie Maker which will allow you to change the colour of your logo to anything you want, and also a transparency control - Just mover the slider up to about 35% which will make your logo semi-see through.
  • You are now pretty much done, so click on the "Done - Add title to Movie" tab, and your subtitle/watermark will be added to the timeline in the form of a little box. It will, however be very short in duration - If you play the video preview in Windows Movie Maker, you will see that your Watermark displays for only about half a second.
  • To create your Watermark, just click on to the subtitle box on your timeline and you will notice that two red arrows will form; just click on the right arrow and stretch the subtitle box out to the entire length of your video. Now when you play the preview in Windows Movie Maker, you will see that your Watermark remains visible for the entire duration of your video.

The process is actually much quicker and easier than it looks written down, as the following video will demonstrate.

Watermarking your video with Windows Movie Maker (WMM)

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2
Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2

Just because you have the built-in software to transform your homemade videos into compelling, creative content doesn't necessarily mean you have the know-how to do so.

For that you need this no-nonsense task-based guide. In these pages video guru Jan Ozer uses simple, step-by-step instructions peppered with plenty of visual aids and loads of time-saving tips to show you how to use Microsoft's Movie Maker 2 video-editing software (which is included with Windows XP) to edit your videos and share them with family and friends.

Providing a visual approach to a visual product, Jan shows you how to start making movie magic instantly and effortlessly with the transitions, title options, and 2-D special effects included in Movie Maker 2. You'll learn how to create wipes, dissolves, freeze frames, and more in the process of producing a finished product that you'll be proud to email to friends, post on your Web site, or copy to CD or DVD.



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  • Gaizy profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    Hi Rocketdude - Sorry about your frustration, but if you check out the video that accompanies the article, you will see me actually using the described method in WMM to produce a watermark on a video, so it clearly CAN be done. Not quite sure where your going wrong. The positioning of the title can be controlled by using the "change title animation" option along with some standard left, or right justification of the text. Just follow the video step-by-step and you should have success.

  • profile image


    6 years ago

    I have spent the past 3 days trying to do this in various ways. This one is no different. Watermarking in Movie Maker is a major, major headache. This particular effort is no different. As soon as you reached the step of typing a name or title, it DOES NOT appear on the screen at all. It appears at the top, above the screen (as in a `heading'). That's it, period. Not a watermark nor anything even close to it in sight.

    The other method of making your logo in photoshop, then saving it as a xml inside the WMM folder, etc. It does exactly the same. However, what all the others who have been equally frustrated didn't notice is that the WMM Forum provides an xml code that is 7 years old, as are the tutorials.

    Watermarks CANNOT be added in WMM.

  • Gaizy profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Denbigh, North Wales, UK

    Thanks estherluzfranco. The limitations of Windows Movie Maker don't allow for the overlaying of a true watermark, but this workaround does the job quite well.

  • estherluzfranco profile image


    6 years ago from Philippines

    hey! thanks for this tutorial. It is really helpful for me and even to other people out there.


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