Windows Movie Maker 2 Zero to Hero

Overview

You've seen the promises in the advertising: Microsoft's free Movie Maker 2 will make it simple to capture, edit and share your home movies. We agree, but how do you know where to start, or where you're going? The answer is Windows Movie Maker 2 Zero to Hero, which will take you from filming your movie (with useful tips to improve the quality) through editing and adding effects, to premiering your masterpiece to your friends and family.

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Overview

You've seen the promises in the advertising: Microsoft's free Movie Maker 2 will make it simple to capture, edit and share your home movies. We agree, but how do you know where to start, or where you're going? The answer is Windows Movie Maker 2 Zero to Hero, which will take you from filming your movie (with useful tips to improve the quality) through editing and adding effects, to premiering your masterpiece to your friends and family.

Zero to Hero is more than a catchy slogan and an opportunity for puns and graphical representations of tights, capes, and phone booths. It's a style of learning designed by friends of ED to reach beyond dry technical explanations and dusty old authors who don't know how it is for real users and wouldn't know good design if it slapped them round the face with a wet fish.

With a Zero to Hero book you can choose how you learn. You can choose to learn everything you need to know about Windows Movie Maker 2 by working through the first section of the book from start to finish. Alternatively, you can dive straight in to the inspirational 'Hero' chapters and refer back as and when you need. Then later, when you're a hero yourself, the book is easily used as a reference tool.

When you're done, you'll be ready to wear your underwear on the outside—metaphorically speaking, of course.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590591499
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 8/7/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 553,994
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

John Buechler has been a photographer and videographer from the pre-digital days of film cameras and projectors to the non-linear computerized editing of today. He uses many different photo and video editing software tools and, since its first release, he has been an avid user of Microsoft's Movie Maker. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In addition to doing freelance video work, he applies his photography, video and computer skills to home and family uses. He is called 'Papa' by his grandchildren and is known by many on the Internet as 'PapaJohn'. His personal website (papajohn.org), includes links to some of his movies. PapaJohn is active on several Microsoft-sponsored multimedia newsgroups. John was recognized by Microsoft as one of their 2003 "Most Valuable Professionals" in the multimedia area. He recently expanded his support role by becoming a moderator of the Movie Maker 2 Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Windows Media Los Angeles Users Group at windowsmedia.org.

Jen deHaan is a freelance web designer and developer based in Calgary, Alberta. She has been involved in writing, contributing to or editing many computer books on Flash, ActionScript, digital video and ColdFusion in 2002. She has co-authored three books on ActionScript: Flash MX Designer's ActionScript Reference, ActionScript Zero to Hero, and Flash MX Components Most Wanted. Jen graduated with top honors from a top new media program, and also with a bachelor's in fine arts in developmental art from the University of Calgary. She is an experienced teacher and writer, focusing on integrating technologies for the Web using Flash MX. Jen's personal websites are ejepo.com and flash-mx.com.

Jon Bounds is a writer and editor from Birmingham, U.K., where he grew up listening to The Smiths and trying to get his Sinclair Spectrum to do desktop publishing. Jon studied computer science at the University of Birmingham in the days when the Internet was still dismissed as a niche research tool, and digital video would never replace film. He graduated with plans to use computers to create and share "stuff." A short-lived journalism career ended when he realized that he'd rather just make it all up the National Enquirer had no vacancies. Jon instead settled for the equally glamorous life of a technical editor at friends of ED and has edited many titles on digital video including Final Cut Pro, Premiere, QuickTime, After Effects, and video for Flash. Now computers have caught up a little, Jon spends many an hour editing video, writing, and entertaining people at jonbounds.co.uk.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Shooting your footage 19
Ch. 2 Capturing video and importing files 29
Ch. 3 Collections and projects 43
Ch. 4 Transitions 73
Ch. 5 Editing clips 87
Ch. 6 Video effects 101
Ch. 7 Audio editing 115
Ch. 8 Titles and credits 137
Ch. 9 Saving and sharing movies 147
Ch. 10 E-mailing a video postcard 177
Ch. 11 Editing a vacation movie 193
Ch. 12 Videotaping an event 213
Ch. 13 Producing a short movie for the web 235
Index 253
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