How to Make a Mind Movie in Windows Movie Maker
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT an expert on Windows Movie Maker, and I am NOT claiming to know everything about it! I am just explaining the steps I took to create my Mind Movie. Thank you for your support.
Now that the “legal disclaimer” is out of the way, let me explain how I used Windows Movie Maker (WMM) to make my Mind Movie. (I explained what a Mind Movie is in my blog post on 09.07.10 – here is the link in case you didn’t catch it: http://tinyurl.com/2boygae ).
My laptop came with the Windows Movie Maker software already loaded on it. If you do not already have this software on your computer, just Google it and you will find instructions on how to download software that is compatible with your operating system (ie: Windows XP, Windows ME, Vista, etc.). You can also purchase other software online to do video editing, but that goes beyond the scope of what I want to talk about here. So, assuming you currently have the WMM software, let’s get started.
Step 1 – Decide on a song or music score that inspires you and/or makes you happy and if you don’t already have it on your computer, download it into your Music folder. I use iTunes for music on my computer. If you are not sure about how to do this, email or message me (or ask any available teenager) and I will talk you through it. I recommend limiting your Mind Movie to about 3 minutes if you plan on uploading it to YouTube. If you just plan on saving it to your computer for your own personal use, it can be as long as you like. Just keep this in mind when you are choosing your music.
Step 2 – Decide what quotes/sayings/affirmations you want to include and write them down. You will add these in after you add your images
Step 3 - Find WMM on your computer and start the program. You should be looking at a page with what looks like frames from a movie film along the bottom, a black/blank video screen in the right hand corner and a rather large blank area to the left of that. On the far left hand side, in the margin, there should be a list of “Tasks”.
Step 4 – Import your images. For my movie, I used all personal pictures that I had stored on my computer and flash drives; however, if you would like to create more of a visual “Dream Board” you can search for images on Google. For instance, if you dream of having a Ferrari, just search “Google images” for “Ferrari” and save the image you want to use in your movie to your computer. I always save images to my Desktop because they are easier to find when you go to import them into WMM. After you’ve imported them to WMM, you can delete them off your desktop or save them to a file you create on your computer. Just think about all your goals and dreams, and try to come up with images for all of them.
On the left hand side of the screen, under “Tasks-Import”, click on “Pictures”. Find the image on your computer and click “Import”. Do this for each image you want to include in your movie. They will end up in the space between the Tasks list and the blank video screen. It doesn’t matter what order they are in at this point. You will arrange them later.
Step 5 – Create a Title. Figure out what you want to call your movie. Under “Tasks – Edit”, click on “Titles and Credits”. At the next screen, click on “Title at the Beginning”. You will now come to a box where you can type in the title that you want to appear at the beginning of your movie. It is also here where you can play around with fonts, colors, animation, etc. Just click on the options under the box. Your choices will preview in the video box to the right, but won’t be applied until you click on “Add Title”. You can always come back and change this later, so just have fun with it and pick something that makes you happy.
Step 6 – Start dragging and dropping your images into the “frames”. Just left click and hold on the image you want to appear first, and drag it down to the first “frame” at the bottom after your title. Let go and it should magically appear in the “frame”! Keep doing this until all your images are loaded into “frames” in the order you want them to play in your movie.
Step 7 – Insert your quotes/sayings/affirmations. Decide which image you would like a quote/saying/affirmation to come before. Click on that image “frame”, then under “Tasks-Edit”, click on “Titles and Credits”. At the next screen, click on “Title before the selected clip”. A box like the one you created your “Title at the Beginning” will come up. The same procedure applies here. Type in your text, play around with the fonts, colors, etc., then click “Add Title”. Repeat for each quote/saying/affirmation you want to include in your movie. If you don’t get them in the exact order you want, don’t panic, you can rearrange your clips and text in the next step.
Step 8 – Adding Transitions. In between the “frames” containing your images, you will see little boxes with what looks like an arrow in them. This is where you can add transitions. A transition is a special effect that takes you from image to image. Under “Tasks – Edit”, click on “Transitions”. Several boxes will appear with various shapes and designs in them. These are the different transition choices. To choose a transition, left click on the box and hold. Then drag it down to the transition box in the Storyboard and drop it in. You can see what the transitions look like by viewing the video. To remove or change a transition, right click on it in the Storyboard and the click “Remove”. Or, you can simply drag and drop another transition in on top of it and it will be replaced with the new one. You don’t have to have transitions at all, but they do add interest to your video.
Step 9 – Change from “Storyboard” view to “Timeline” view. On the toolbar at the top, click on “View”. “Storyboard” should be the designated view. Click on “Timeline”. This will bring up a new view. Everything should look the same except for the bottom. The “frames” are gone and are replaced with a timeline. Here is where you can do the fine tuning/editing. This is also where you can add your music. Under “Tasks – Import” click on “Audio or Music”. Find your music file and click on “Import”. If it loads successfully, it will show up as a sketchy line in the “Audio/Music” bar in the timeline.
At this point, you can see what your movie will look like by clicking on the play arrow under the video screen. This will play your video and music as it is currently set up. Now the fun begins! By clicking on a frame on the timeline, you can either drag and drop it to a different spot in your movie and/or you can adjust the length of time that it is displayed. I used this feature to adjust the frames so that they would play along with the song I chose. Just play around with this and you will get the hang of it. I didn’t use “Title Overlay” in my movie. It will put text over an image for another look. Again, just play around with it. Nothing is permanent until you publish the movie, but even then you can go back and make changes and re-publish.
Step 10 – As you are working on your Mind Movie, you need to periodically Save it. You can save your movie project at any time during its composition, and it’s recommended that you save it periodically as you are working on it. To save your movie, click on “File” on the toolbar at the top. Then click on “Save Project As”, name your movie and click “Save”. Make sure you note the folder your movie will be saved to. As you continue to work on your movie, you can just click on “File – Save Project” and it will save your movie to the same file that you originally saved it to, overwriting the previous version so you always have a current version saved in your file. When your movie meets your approval, you are ready to publish it.
Step 11 – Publishing your Movie. Congratulations! You have created your own personal Mind Movie! Now it’s time to publish it so that it can be easily viewed. Make sure you have the current version saved before you publish it.
Under “Tasks- Publish To”, choose “This Computer”. You will be prompted to name your movie and also where you would like it published. First off, publish it to your Desktop so it will be quick and easy to locate when you want to view it. You can also go back and choose to save it to a CD, save it to a file that you can email or even save it back to a digital video camera. You can publish it as many times as you want, to as many places as you want.
I hope these steps help you to make your very own Mind Movie. Please feel free to comment or email me with questions.
To our Success!