Windows Movie Maker Alternatives For 2010

If you have a passion for being a film maker to showcase your artistic talent, you can easily choose online movie making programs. Using an advanced Microsoft Windows XP, you can create an excellent movie which can be shared through internet portals. Your family members, friends and other relatives can watch online movies which have been made by you using sophisticated technology. It has now become very easy to shoot the movies just staying at home. Movie Maker is a sophisticated software tool to edit the video online. This software device is backed by Windows XP system. You can even store online movies in CDs and DVDs. If you have Video Media Player, you can easily watch the movie through your laptop or digital notebook.

In this connection, you can even watch online podcasts and You Tubes for observing demos. It will give you a short brush up training program to learn fast how to make a movie online. In the past, a family album helped a man to hold on to the past memories through preservation of still pictures and photos. Now technology has transformed with time. You can capture beautiful moments which you have passed with your parents, sisters, brothers and your sweetheart by conducting a live coverage. Windows Movie Maker tool is efficient and easily operable. You must know what sort of video making and editing devices and accessories are required to complete a fully upgraded movie which can be exchanged with online visitors and friends.

Before shooting movies online, you must make specific plans to arrange necessary Movie Maker devices and sophisticated equipments. You should prepare a list of necessary items which will include Mini DV, camera or cam recorder, Mini DV tapes including a fully sophisticated computer for screening video clips and movies. You can also shoot slide shows by using digital cameras. If you have Microsoft Windows XP it should be equipped with Movie Maker 2.1 version. In addition, you must upgrade your laptop with FireWire/IEEE 1394 porting device for getting better results.

You must buy a highly technologically advanced camera which should be loaded with memory card, zooming lenses, powerful shuttering modes, batteries and very high quality flashing chips. On the other hand, check whether your computer is upgraded with External USB hard disk, DVD burner and DVD media with headset. In this connection, you should consult experts who have extensive knowledge in online movie making projects. If you are a newcomer in this fantastic entertainment program, you need to get short training from any professional institute to increase your capability and efficiency to make private video movies.

Digital Video Movie Making Freedom is Here

I wanted to learn how to edit and do more than just join together short digital movie clips. I had found an mpeg joiner program on the internet, but that really wasn’t enough to get the job done. Many digital movie clips were not in mpeg format so that program didn’t work on them. Also mpeg joiner did not allow any alterations to sound quality, lighting or the color of the digital video. Something much better was needed.

One day I ran across the Virtual Dub program. It allows you to modify mpeg, avi, and divx digital video formats. That seemed like it might be what I was looking for. The thing is, to use Virtual Dub, it’s like learning a whole new program but once you learn the basics of working with video, it is really quite easy to use. Virtual Dub has one big limitation. It does not work on Windows media video files. For legal reasons access to those files has been blocked.

Usually the best thing to start with, is to find out the information about the digital video file. Sometimes this can be done by highlighting the file on your computer screen, right clicking the mouse and selecting properties. This works on Windows 98, but not so well on Windows XP which just indicates a video file. If Virtual Dub cannot load the video, it will indicate the reason why it can’t.

If Virtual Dub will load the file, selecting the file menu, and then file information, will tell you all about the digital video file. The information provided is the frame size of the video, the number of frames in the video, how many frames per second are shown, how much time the video takes to run, and the decompressor used to make the video.

Say you want to load an mpeg digital video file, edit out some scenes, enlarge the frame size, lighten up the picture a little, and increase the volume level so it plays louder. This is how it is done, and demonstrates how to use Virtual Dub. To load the file go to the main Virtual Dub menu and select file, then open video file. Select the folder your movie is located in and select the movie. Then click the open box. The movie will load and the first frame will show on your screen.

To edit out a scene you can either play the movie to the point you want to start the cut out area, or left click your cursor arrow on the track marker and drag it along running the movie quickly to the point where you want to start the cut out area. At that point click the button with the little hook pointing to the left, to mark the starting point of your cut area. Play the movie again to the end of the area you wish to cut out. Click the little box stop button. At that point click the button with the little hook pointing to right, to mark the end of the cut out area. Then push your delete key on your key board. That’s it that part of the movie will be deleted in the copy you make.

To enlarge the frame size to make the video picture larger, on the main menu, click video, then filters. In the filters menu click add, then scroll down and select resize, and click, ok. We are going to increase the size to 384 pixels by 288 pixels. So type in 384 in the top box and 288 in the box below it. In the filter mode box select precise bicubic (a=0.60) and click, ok. While still in the filters menu click add, select levels, then click, ok.

Click the show preview button so you can see the changes to the brightness you are going to make to the video. Play with the two top sliding arrows on the right hand side of the screen. They will lighten or darken the picture depending on the direction you move them. When you like the brightness of the picture you have selected click the OK button. You are again on the main filters menu, so click OK again.

To increase the volume of the movie, on the main Virtual Dub menu, click audio, click full processing mode, and click volume. A box will open. Click the little box beside adjust volume of audio channels. Now you can move the track pointer to the right to increase the volume a bit. Click ok. Then play the movie to test the volume level. To adjust the movie sound again go back to the volume area again.

To save the movie the video must be compressed to save disk space. On the main Virtual Dub menu click video, then compression. Select Microsoft mpeg-4 VKI codec V2. Click the configure box, type in 5 for seconds, move the compression control to 75, toward the crispness end of the scale. Move the data rate to the middle of the scale to 2960. Then press the OK button. Press the OK button again.

The audio of the video also must be compressed to save disk space. On the main Virtual Dub menu select audio, then conversion. We are going to change the audio frequency and make it stereo. Select custom and type in 24000. Select stereo and click the OK box. Go back to the main Virtual Dub menu click audio and compression. Select mpeg layer-3. Select the top category 56 kbits/s 24000 hz stereo. Click the OK button.

That’s it. Now you’re ready to save your edited video clip. On the main Virtual Dub menu select file, then save as avi. A box will open. Select the folder to save the video in. Type in a name for the video. Click the save box. Your edited digital movie is now being saved.

You have just learned how to edit digital video files using Virtual Dub.

Make Your Own Movie

If you want to make your own movie, you need not look further than the internet. The internet has come a long way from being used merely for research.

The internet now caters to the entertainment demands of billions of users all around the world. YouTube, a video search engine, reflects the internet’s new objective of entertaining. YouTube allows you to upload and share videos on the World Wide Web.

Venturing to make your own movie is easier than it sounds. The videos posted on YouTube mainly consist of TV or Theatre promos, lectures and at times even spoofs.

If you think you have it in you to make your own movie put on your thinking cap and start shooting!

The inspiration behind the video is much more important than the technicalities involved. YouTube deals with the technicalities leaving you to deal with the content!

The first step is to shoot your own video with your standard video recording device. The video obviously can be fashioned according to your tastes and preferences in accordance with the terms and conditions. It however has to be remembered that your video is to enjoy large viewership and therefore discretion needs to be observed with regards to content. A warning statutory or parental guidance remark needs to be added to prepare viewers for any kind of improprieties (foul language, graphic material, or any other possibly objectionable material). This warning can be placed in the video’s title.

YouTube imposes many limitations on your video with respect to file size and length. Your uploaded video can be no more than 10 minutes in length and less than a hundred megabytes in file size. Beyond this there are very few other restrictions imposed. There is no restriction on the number of videos posted. In other words, a longer sequence can be broken up into two or three clips.

Your video has to be stored into a file using specific movie making software such as MovieMaker and Imovie. These software can be easily downloaded or are preset in the case of newer operating software. Using these software you may edit and personalize your video/movie as desired.

YouTube allows only members to post in their videos and comments. It is necessary to sign up for the free membership. It requires membership for security purposes, especially to track videos in case of any violation of the terms of service. Once signed in, you can upload your movie/video. YouTube is very user friendly, so just follow the directions there and you would be the proud owner of your very own movie.

People of all ages have learnt how to operate on YouTube. The fact that it’s is one of the most used video search engine today bears testimony to this fact. So now that you know how to make your own movie, don’t just sit there, start rolling!