How to Use Movie Maker?

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Are you aware of the computer’s inbuilt program Movie Maker? You might be! I am saying it because you are here right now and reading this guide.

How to use movie maker is one such question people ask when they are either newly using the PC or have recently bought it.

I also have been in the state when I used to wonder how people use movie maker to make movies. But luckily being a techie, it didn’t take much of my time to get the procedure to make movies using movie maker.

So I thought to share my experience and the guide with you all.

Movie maker is one of the best movie makers and needless to say, the easy movie maker that comes pre-installed with Windows Essentials program suite. However, if you have windows 7 then you don’t get windows movie maker default.

You will have to download it yourself. Actually, all the latest versions of windows don’t come with preinstalled movie maker but windows XP.

If you are windows XP user, then you don’t need to download movie maker to create movies. You can get that going to the All programs list by going to start menu. Yes to get the movie maker click on Start> All programs> Windows Movie Maker. To launch the program on the system simply click on it.

But for windows 7, 8, 10 users you will have to download it manually. Here is the direct link to the download page.

Follow all the mandatory steps in order to download the software. After the program is downloaded, install it. And once the downloading and installation procedure is done, follow the below guide to creating the movies.

How to Use Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a video editing software by Microsoft. It is a part of Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos.

As I said above if you are using the latest version of windows you will have to download it. I have provided the download link above.

Now assuming you have downloaded and installed Movie maker program on the PC. Now in order to start learning creating movies, follow the below steps.

The steps and the procedure are not at all tough, all it requires is sincerity in following the steps. The steps are described below. Follow all the steps carefully and create a movie inserting your favorite songs and clips.

Step 1: First of all open the movie maker program on the computer.

For windows XP–> click on Start> All programs> Windows Movie Maker

For Windows 7,8, or later–> double click on the downloaded Movie Maker icon, you have downloaded.

Step 2: Once you open the program you will see a screen similar to the image mentioned below.


As you can see in the above image, at the left side there are options such as Capture video, Edit movie, Finish movie. In those prime options, there are some sub options i.e. import video, import picture, import audio. view video effects etc.  

Step 3: Click on the Import pictures option. After you click on the import picture, a dialogue box will open. Here you have to select the pictures you want to import in your video. Check out the below   screenshot.


Step 4: After the images are imported to the video, it’s time to import the video. If you have song or audio clip you want to insert in the video, click on import audio or music. And if you don’t have any audio file or song on the system, you can download it from the internet.

Ok, After clicking on the import audio or music, you will see a dialogue box just like the step 3. Here you have to select the song in order to import it to the video.

Step 5: Once you are done importing music and image to the movie maker, it’s time to arrange them to the storyboard to begin making a movie.

To set the media, drag all the media to the storyline. If you didn’t get me, check the screenshot I have mentioned.

As you can see the storyline, there are two types of boxes provided, one big rectangle and other are a small sized box. Remember, the images should be dragged to the big boxes. And in the small boxes, we will need to insert the video effects.

Step 6: After you have inserted the images, go to the Edit movie option. In this option, if you notice there is a sub option, view video effects and view video transition. Click on the view video effects. 

Now simply drag effects one by one and drop it on a video clip on the storyboard below.

After you have given the video effects, you will need to give the video transition. The video transition should be given between two video clips.

Simply drag a video transition and drop it between two video clips on the storyboard below. Check out the screenshot.


That’s it! Now once you are all done with selecting pics, effects and transition, you are all ready to play the movie. To play it all you will need to click on the Play button.

You can click on the show timeline to adjust the speed and the length of the song. You will find show timeline button just above the storyboard.

When you click on the show timeline, you will see a screen similar to the below-shown image. To adjust the video click on the video option placed at the left side of the timeline. Or click on the Audio/Music if you want to adjust the music.

That’s all!! Now enjoy your own created videos and movies. After reading the guide I am quite sure you won’t ask anyone anymore like how to use movie maker or how to use I movie.

Because I am quite sure after reading the guide you won’t face any trouble as the guide has been compiled in a very simple and easy manner.

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A graduate of the IIMC, Diksha enjoys testing out new tech products and services. Her goal is to help others make more informed purchases of tech products and services. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and listening to music. An ardent reader loves to be surrounded by technology.

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