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Here is a quick hands-on Tutorial using a standard set of seven images and a single audio clip: (Download the files in the Attachments to use in the tutorial). Open PDF version for printing.



MovieMaker2 (Windows XP)


Open the program and give the project a name


NOTE: MovieMaker2 only has one audio track for importing audio plus one track for recording voice-overs directly onto the timeline.

Launch Windows Movie Maker.

CTRL+N creates a new project.

Tools Menu ->New Collection Folder

Select “New Collection”

Rename = “Reagan”

Select Collections > Reagan


Import the following short audio clip: RRmemory.wav (23 seconds)

Import the seven images (.JPG)

File Menu -> Import into Collections

(CTRL + I)

Browse to images & sound files, select.


Change the “default” settings for length of still images and transitions.

Tools Menu -> Options -> Advanced

Picture Duration = 3 seconds

Transition Duration = 0.50 seconds

Video Format = NTSC

Aspect Ratio = 4:3


(1) white house
(2) Jefferson
(3) Lincoln memorial
(4) capitol
(5) Kennedy grave
(6) Vietnam memorial
(7) flags at monument

Select the 7 images and organize them in this order. Drag to Video track on timeline


Select “Rrmemory” and drag to Audio/Music Track on timeline.


Save the document

File Menu -> Save  CTRL+S


Adjust the length of each still image to better match the content of the audio clip

Select clip on Timeline. Grab right edge. Drag Left or Right to adjust.

(1) white house 6:00
(2) Jefferson  3:00
(3) Lincoln memorial 3:00
(4) capitol  3:00
(5) Kennedy grave 3:00
(6) Vietnam memorial 2:00
(7) flags at monument 5:00


Insert transitions between images

Add Titles and Credits



Tools Menu -> Video Transitions:

Drag Dissolves between 1 & 2, 4 & 5, 6 & 7


Tools Menu -> Video Effects :

Drag Fade In from Black #1

Drag Fade Out to Black #7

Tools Menu -> Titles and Credits

Select 1.whitehouse clip on timeline

Add Title on the Selected Clip:

“Ronald Reagan Remembers…”

Change Title Animation

“Fade In & Out”

Change Text Font and Color

Font = Elegance – Italics

Size = Smallest

Color = White

Justify = Left


Export to digital video clip

File Menu -> Save Movie File (becomes a WMV file format)

My Computer (Next)

Name and Folder (Next)

It takes about 2 minutes to render.


Here is a brief tutorial on using Audacity to insert music track into narration:
To view these instructions with visuals,
open this PDF version for printing.

I recommend recording your narration outside of iMovie or MovieMaker2 and import the clips onto the timeline. MovieMaker2 for WindowsXP  does not allow more than one audio track, so you will need to record your narration and add your sound track in an audio editor. You will have much better control over the quality of the audio and you can edit as you record. The software is Open Source and free! There are many limitations though.


                                                            Audacity Window

A. Select sound input source before recording  (Audacity Menu -> Preferences -> Audio I/O)

B.  Click the  Record button to record audio.

C. Click the  Pause button when you want to pause the recording. Click the Record button again to continue on the same audio track.

D. Click the  Stop button to stop recording. Once the recording is stopped, if you hit Record button, it will open a new second audio track. In a second audio track, you can add a sound track.

E. Click the  Play button to review what you have recorded.

F. To edit what you have recorded, click and drag across the sound waves on the timeline. You may Cut, Copy, Paste, Trim, Delete (from the Edit Menu). Pressing the Delete key will erase the selection.

G. To change the sound volume of a clip, select the portion to change (click and drag to select), select Effects Menu -> Amplify… and change the amplification in dB. This works well to lower the volume of your music sound track, which can often overpower your narration. Or use the “Envelope” tool - for changing the volume over time - to select the beginning and end of the section of the clip to reduce audio volume.

H. Select File Menu ->Save Project As… to save a “Project” file [.aup] if you want to edit the original file at a later time.
Then select File Menu -> Export As…  The file format will default to WAV Audio [.wav].


For reference, go to: or for complete documentation and manuals, go to:

Updated on Dec 18, 2010 by Helen Barrett (Version 5)

Attachments (1) - on Dec 18, 2010 by Helen Barrett (Version 2)