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Truth or Dare: Edit Your Video

Spring 2015: Documentary Project with Grade 6 Students

Final Project: Using Windows MovieMaker

This page includes instructions for using Windows Movie Maker. 

Use this program after you have saved all of your photos, video clips, and sound files to your project folder.  

This is your final step!

Final Project: Using Other Editing Programs or Tools

If you edit off-site (from home or another location), you might use MovieMaker or another program:

1. iMovie Help (Mac)

2. WeVideo (online collaborative editing-- free account has limited use)

3. Tips for other programs?  Tell me and I'll add information here.

Add and edit video clips (MovieMaker)

Insert video clip(s):

1. Open program.

2. Home tab-- "Add videos and photos"

3. Find file-- Select-- Open

4. Repeat for each clip

Edit video clip(s):

1. Double-click video clip

2. Adjust volume  (raise or lower volume of clip)

3. Set fade in or fade out (as desired)

4. Split video (if you want only one segment of a clip)-- then delete unwanted section

5. Trim Tool (if you want a certain part of a clip)-- set start point and end point

6. Repeat for each clip

Add and edit photos (MovieMaker)

Insert photo(s):

1. Open program.

2. Home tab-- "Add videos and photos"

3. Find file-- Select-- Open

4. Repeat for each clip

Edit photo(s):

1. Double-click photo

2. See editing options

3. Change duration (length of time) if desired

Hint: You might want to wait until you see how long the narration will be and THEN adjust duration of photo(s)

4.  Repeat for each photo

5. To change order of photos, click on photo and drag

Add and edit sound: narration (MovieMaker)

Recommendation: Record your narrations using Sound Recorder (PC) and then insert into MovieMaker. This gives you more control when editing.  See the "Get Sound Files" tab for help recording the narration.

Insert narration/voice over:

1. Open project

2. Click where you want narration to begin (place cursor)

3. Home-- Record Narration(Click small arrow)-- Add sound

4. Locate narration-- click-- open

5. Narration track will be BROWN

6. Repeat for each clip

Edit narration/voice over:

1. Double-click sound clip (brown for narration)

2. Adjust volume  (raise or lower volume of clip)

3. Set fade in or fade out (as desired)

4. Split (if you want only one segment of a clip)-- then delete unwanted section

5. Set start or end point as desired

6. Repeat for each clip

Add and edit sound: music (MovieMaker)

Insert music:

1. Click where you want music to begin

2. Home tab-- Add music (click arrow)-- Add music at the current point

3. Find music file (We found music using "Get Sound Files" tab)

4. Click-- Open

5. Music track will be GREEN

 

Edit music:

1. Double-click music track (green)

2. See "Music Tools" tab at top

3. Adjust volume (make music louder or softer)

4. Edit using other tools as desired

5. Repeat for each music selection

Add Credits (MovieMaker)

1. Type your credits into MS Word

2. Save to your project folder under "Documents"

3. Open MS Word-- Hightlight text-- RIGHT-CLICK--Copy

4. Go back to MovieMaker

5. Home tab-- Credits-- Type CATEGORY, then information for each section

6. Include several sections. See below.

Hint: You may either type the credits all in one screen or click the arrow next to "Credits" to add each section of the credits individually.  Remember to give credit to all of your sources, including:

  • Video files (C-Span, Discovery Education, etc.)
  • Interview subjects (names of people you interviewed)
  • Sound files (music you downloaded, sound effects if used)
  • Narration (in video terms, we call this "Voice Over")
  • Images: photos you downloaded (Google Images, other photo sources)
  • Photos taken by group members (list members' names)
  • Research sources (websites, books, or other publications used for information)
  • Special thanks to... (list names of people or organizations that helped your group)

You may list filming locations (Thompson Middle School, City Hall, Rogers High School, Name of Business, etc.)

At the end of your credits, put a copyright date (Copyright June 2015)