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.
a new project.
Tools Menu ->New Collection
Select “New Collection”
Rename = “Reagan”
Select Collections > Reagan
Import the following short audio clip: RRmemory.wav (23 seconds)
Import the seven
File Menu -> Import into Collections
(CTRL + I)
Browse to images & sound files, select.
“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
(3) Lincoln memorial
(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
Save the document
File Menu -> Save
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
Select 1.whitehouse clip on timeline
Add Title on the
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
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.
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.
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.
the Play button to review what you have
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.
File Menu ->Save Project As… to
save a “Project” file [.aup] if you want to edit the original file at a later
Then select File Menu -> Export As… The file format will default to WAV Audio [.wav].
reference, go to: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/onlinehelp-1.2/reference.html
or for complete documentation and manuals, go to: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/documentation.