Step 1: Capture Video
Okay, Microsoft promises that the whole process of creating a movie can be accomplished in three steps. Let's see if this really happens.
I strongly recommend that you have an idea of the type of movie you want to create before you begin. For instance, I want to create a movie about my kids' Halloween. That will be my theme. You can choose any theme you like—it might be a wedding, birthday, vacation, or other special event.
According to Microsoft, the first step is to capture video (which involves the Collections creation tool). Under Capture Video you see four links that let you import video, import pictures, and import audio or music (refer to Figure 2).
Select Import Video. The Import File window opens (see Figure 7). Movie Maker automatically searches for any supported video file format (almost every video format is supported).
Figure 7 Importing video files into a Movie Maker collection.
You can select one or more files. When you press the Import button, a new collection is automatically created from the title of the movie you are importing (see Figure 8). You can press the Collections button along the top to view the new collection you have created.
Figure 8 Video and images are managed in collections.
Press the Tasks button to get back to the original layout. You can now also import pictures and audio.
Because I like to have still images mixed with my video, I import pictures. And to keep the video and stills organized, I have them in two different collections.
Movie Maker allows you to have a soundtrack play in the background of your movie. MP3 and WMF audio files are supported. You should import the sound file you want now to make things easier later on.
Now that you have all your assets, it is time to lay out your movie.