Hi, friends! Can you believe the end of the year is already upon us?!? Our last day isn’t until the second week in June, but I know many of you will be finishing up the year soon. Last year, I decided to make an end of the year video that we would watch at our end of the year celebration. I also made a copy of this video in DVD format for each child. It was a huge hit! However, if I am being completely honest, this was the first time I had ever used Windows Live Movie Maker and I had an extremely difficult time figuring out how to convert my movie to a DVD that the kiddos could watch at home. With that being said, I thought a step-by-step end of the year video tutorial would be helpful for all of you!
The images below contain the basic steps for creating a video with Windows Live Movie Maker compatible with Windows 8, 8.1 or 10. For more detailed instructions, watch the video at the end of this post!
End of the Year Video Tutorial: Pictures
To insert pictures into Windows Live Movie Maker, click on the “Add videos and photos” buttons. Then, choose the location where you have saved your pictures. Choose multiple pictures at time by holding down the ctrl key.
After you insert the pictures, rearrange the sequence of the pictures by dragging them to the desired location.
You can also change the animations of each picture by selecting the “Auto Movie themes” under the “Home” tab. This is perhaps the easiest way to add a title slide, set the animations and transitions of each picture, and insert a credits page.
To adjust the duration that each picture appears in the video, click on the “Video Tools” tab. Then, select a picture. Use the dropdown menu to change the duration.
To change the duration of multiple pictures, use the ctrl or shift key while highlighting each picture. I recommend 4 or 5 seconds per picture.
End of the Year Video Tutorial: Music
To add music into Windows Live Movie Maker, click on the “Add music” button and select “add music” or “add music from current point.” Then, choose the location where you have stored your music. Choose multiple songs at a time by holding down the ctrl key.
After you insert the music, you can use the “Music Tools” tab to adjust the settings of each song.
To adjust the settings of each song, click on the “Music Tools” tab. I like to set the “fade in” and “fade out” of each song to slow, so that the song gets a little quieter and slows as it fades.
You can also set the start time , start point and end point. These features are useful if you only want a portion of the song to play in your end of the year video.
End of the Year Video Tutorial: Title and Credits Slide
To insert a title slide, click on the “Title” button under the “Home” tab. Then, use the tools under the “Text Tools” tab to format the font and edit the effects.
You can also create a separate title slide in PowerPoint, save it as an image, and then, insert it at the beginning of your end of the year video.
To insert a variety of credits slides, click on the “Credits” button under the “Home” tab. Then, use the tools under the “Text Tools” tab to format the font and edit the effects.
End of the Year Video Tutorial: Saving the Movie
To save the movie, click on the “Save movie” dropdown menu. Choose the appropriate method for saving your file.
Because I was converting this video to a DVD, I chose “for high resolution display.”