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How to Start Your Perfect Home Movie Creation

Updated on June 29, 2012
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A Fun Way To Preserve Your Memories


We have all taken the pictures and moving pictures of our family and friends and vacations, but what to do with them after you have them recorded or downloaded them from your camera? How about making a Home Movie? It isn’t that difficult to do and you will enjoy watching your creation for years to come along with members of your family.

I have always loved taking pictures and using the camcorder. During the holidays, or when you have family members over to visit, it is nice to take out the DVD of a fun occasion or special times. People forget certain details and the movies will have everyone smiling and laughing or maybe crying over your film because of the memories you have captured.

GATHERING YOUR MATERIALS

To get started try and think of the theme you would like to use. It could be a movie about someone’s birthday or a vacation that was taken. Now get everything in order before beginning. Look for the photos you have for that occasion. If you have a scanner just scan your pictures. Open them up with either the photo application that came with your computer or download a free photo editing one. If your pictures are from the digital camera just load them on your desk top in a folder (it will make them easier to find. Label it project and it all will be right there at your fingertips.) The picture size should be 704x576 that is perfect for watching them on the TV.

If you want to bring video recordings to your movie you can do that too. I just downloaded my videos from my flip video camera you may have another device. Plug in your device to the computer. Open your files by going to your start button on the computer and finding the computer listing. Click on it and you will see The Flip logo, or you will see Disk E or Disk F, it will depend on what you already have on your computer. Double click on it and you will see folders. Open the folder that says 101 video folders. There you will find your video files. Highlight each one in there and drag them to your desktop. One thing I found was that my films on the Flip are saved as an AVI. The problem with that is that I have no sound when I put them on the Windows Movie Maker. I found that I had to convert the film to a MP4 to hear the sounds. Once more use a free video converter you can find on the internet and you will be set.


CREATING YOUR MASTERPIECE

Now the fun part begins creation of your masterpiece. I use Windows Movie Maker it is a free download you can get off the computer. Open up the program and either open the film up from the listings section or just drag it in. An important thing to remember is to not be too lengthy on your movies. Break them up into smaller sections. If you keep them lengthy you will have problems with the end product freezing up while you are trying to record your masterpiece to DVD. It is frustrating and I learned the hard way it is better to break it up. You can mix photos with videos and that gives you some variety.

To create your movie titles just go to the section that has the A or that may say title. You can then pick out your background color, the size of your letters and how bold you would like them, as well as what typeface you would like. Once you do that make sure that is at the starting point of your film. Now you can use the sounds of the video for your video or you can add your own soundtrack of music. The music you enter must be an mpeg or mpg3. I found the most success using those properties on the Windows Movie Maker.

Adding the soundtrack is important it sets the tone for the movie. I like to watch what I have entered and then figure what song fit the images. Most of the time I have it right, but sometimes it is trial and error. Once you have the songs you like place them by the movie frames where you want them to go. Then play what you have to see if you like it. Lately I have found that it is nice to have people talking on your videos too instead of drowning them out with a soundtrack. I have priceless videos of my Dad talking and that is important to me since he is no longer alive.

Try not to linger too long on a shot. If you notice while watching television shows the angle is always changing from one scene to another and having endless shots of the same thing gets monotonous. No one wants to watch the same scene for minutes at a time. You can use the panning features in the movie maker, but don’t use it too many times. You don’t want to make the viewer nauseous from zooming in and out too frequently.

If you are using pictures only I would say no more than 30 pictures at a time. Too many and your finished result might freeze on you and then all your hard work will be in vain. If using video do 20 to 30 minutes at a time.


Once you have your movies into parts you can create your finished product. Bring the little films into movie maker and hit save movie as a DVD. Now you play the waiting game and let movie maker do its thing. If you see the green line moving along with the percentage numbers changing you know you are doing well. If you don’t see that it means your movie may be too long. In that case you have to go back and take some of the film out to make it process.

Once you have that it is on to the next step you will see your movie on the screen just do one click on it and hit next. Then you have many ways to show the beginnings of your creation just choose the one that looks good to you and proceed to the burn button. Place your DVD on your computer and soon you will have the film masterpiece in your hands that will be ready to be played on your TV or computer. The first film might be a little hard to master, but once you do one you will get the hang of it. Not only will enjoy watching your own special creations,so will your friends and family.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Almost all phones now have picture and video capabilities. Plus camcorders and still cameras are beginning to drop their prices. Taking pictures and videos have even become so easy children are doing it as well. With all these great things going on, we can all capture memories and store them for who knows how long.

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      cfjots 4 years ago from Conway, SC

      Thank you jpcmc for your comments on the article. You are right technology is making it easier and easier to help keep our memories alive forever. It is great to be living in these technically advanced times.

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