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Channel 10's Brian Johnson, a Microsoft Technical Evangelist, interviewed Rob Morris the founder of They discuss communities, Windows Movie Maker, getting started in video editing, and hosting your videos on the web...More

Using Windows Vista Certified Devices

The Movie Maker support forums are filled with posts from users who need help connecting external devices to a Windows based PC. This frustrating struggle between device and PC has been an issue for a long time, but this struggle is about to end thanks to Microsoft’s Certified for Windows Vista Program. - Read the complete article

How to Burn a Movie Maker Project to DVD using Windows XP

Galan Bridgman explains how to use Movie Maker 2 to capture and edit home video and then use Sonic MyDVD to burn your DVD to an external burner. - Read the complete article

Mydeo Offers Video Streaming Service for Movie Maker Users

Mydeo announced they are working with Microsoft to enable millions of Windows XP Service Pack 2 users to share their videos on the web using Mydeo’s global streaming network and Windows Media Video 9. The video streaming company has integrated its service into the popular home video editing package Windows Movie Maker 2 to allow users to upload their videos directly from its familiar interface. Read more....

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How to Create HighMAT CD's for Home Videos Using Windows Movie Maker 2
How to Create HighMAT CDs for Home Videos Using Windows Movie Maker 2. For DVD information read: How-to create a DVD video.

This is a simple walkthrough that demonstrates how to create a HighMAT CD using Movie Maker 2. - Read the complete article

Windows Movie Maker 2.0 Review
Microsoft’s new (and free) video editor puts home-movie making into the hands of PC users.
Traditionally, the platform of choice for video editing has been the Macintosh. The Mac is still the favored editing system for many professionals, in part because of the popularity of the high-end program Final Cut Pro. In addition, most new Macintosh computers come bundled with the excellent iMOVIE program, making the Mac a good platform for video novices as well.

But where does that leave us Windows XP users? Read the full review

Streaming Audio and Video on the Internet
Streaming Audio and Video on the Internet
Entertainment is a necessity! And thank god we belong to the digital age when almost all our needs are readily available right in the comforts of our own home. And now that the Internet is here, the focus is not merely on the issue of merely supplying information to the users but giving them the choice to pick only the kind of information they are most interested in, when to obtain these information, where to extract these information from and of how these preferred information should take form.

Imagine using your computer in watching your favorite NBA match, your watch your favorite television show or the evening newscast and listen to the live concerts and Web casts through Castdial. Imagine just sitting in front of your computer screen while searching for articles on the hottest political issues rather than going through those pile of newspapers or magazine archives in your local library. Streaming media is a technique that allows users to view audio and video contents while they are still receiving it. Or as others perceive it, an audio and video file that plays as instantly on a text based content as when a Web page downloads on your browser. And unlike downloading a video or audio file to be played later, it flows to your computer screen enabling you to view its contents simultaneous to the process of downloading.

So, how do you stream something into the Internet? Especially video? Read the complete article

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Moving Pictures: Codecs

Moving Pictures: Codecs
The first time I ran into a video on the internet was at a Star Trek site. I scanned the photos and pictures, read the fan fiction and looked at the drawings of Kirk and Picard. I was moving pretty rapidly through the site and was just about to surf somewhere else when I noticed a hyperlink with a small movie camera next to it.

This looked intriguing. I clicked on the link, not knowing what to expect, and I got an error code. Something about an invalid codec? What the heck was this, I wondered? A codec? I thought I was going to get to look at a movie clip.  Read the complete article

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Windows Movie Maker 2.0 Articles from Microsoft
Create Home Movies Effortlessly with Windows Movie Maker 2
See It in Action, Then Do It Yourself

Connecting Your Camera to Your Computer with Windows Movie Maker 2

Adding Music to Your Home Movies with Windows Movie Maker 2

The Importance of Editing

Transferring Movies Back to Your Digital Video Camera with Windows Movie Maker 2

How Composition and Lighting Can Help You Make Better Movies
By Bill Birney, Matt Lichtenberg, and Seth McEvoy, authors of The Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Handbook.
Movie making is as much about organization and planning as it is about great acting or brilliant script ideas. Before you start, it helps to have a plan. How extensive that plan is will depend on the nature of the movie you have in mind, but it can include a script or outline, a list of shots you need, and a shooting schedule. Follow the links below for more....

Planning For What You Want to Capture: Exploring the Possibilities
By Bill Birney, Matt Lichtenberg, and Seth McEvoy
A camera and editor are the essential moviemaking tools. With them, anyone can make movies. Without an editor, a camera can do nothing more than record events in chronological order. With an editor, your camera becomes one half of a complete production system.
The following concepts introduce some of the possibilities that will open up to you with a camera and Windows Movie Maker 2 for Windows XP:

Movie Making 101
By Galan Bridgman
The Windows® Movie Maker feature in Windows XP makes it easy for you to edit home video. Expert Zone columnist and independent contributor Galan Bridgman offers his advice on getting started.

Creating Custom Profiles for Windows Movie Maker 2
Windows Movie Maker 2 features a wide variety of video capturing and movie saving settings. The settings you choose when capturing video and audio or when saving a movie determine the quality and size of the captured digital media file or final saved movie file. In addition to choosing one of the settings installed with Windows Movie Maker 2, you can also specify settings by creating a custom profile.

Post Your Movies to a Web Site with Windows Movie Maker 2
One of the most convenient ways to let friends and family see the movies you make with Windows Movie Maker 2 for Windows XP is to post the movies to a Web site. Then all you have to do is send them a Web link, and they can go take a look anytime they want. When you save movies to a Web site, you don't have to worry about overloading friends and family with big files that might clog their e–mail.

Digital Video Compression Explained
If you use digital video, file size is an important concern because digital video files tend to take up a lot of storage space on your hard drive. The answer is compression—making files smaller.
With text files, size is less important because the files are full of “spaces” and can be compressed very tightly—a text file can be made at least 90 percent smaller, resulting in a high compression ratio (the ratio of compressed data to uncompressed data). Other file types, like MPEG video or JPEG photos, hardly compress at all because they’re in a format that’s tightly compressed to begin with.

Capturing Video From Digital Sources
By Galan Bridgman
The best way to capture high-quality digital video is using a digital video capture card such as IEEE 1394, also known as firewire, or on Sony systems, i.Link.

Capturing Video from Analog Sources
By Galan Bridgman
Analog capture is especially useful when you have older video content, such as VHS tape, and want to convert it to digital. Or you may have an older camcorder that only provides analog outputs, such as composite or S-Video. If you have this type of older equipment and want to get started in desktop video editing, analog capture is fine and is supported by Windows XP.

Streaming Wireless Video
By Galan Bridgman
In Capturing Video from Analog Sources, Galan Bridgman mentioned setting up a live video feed for a young friend who is housebound due to illness. In this column, Galan spells out the details of how to set up a wireless LAN and used Windows Media Encoder to stream live video to his computer.

Using the Right Hardware for a Great Video Editing Experience
By Jason Dunn
Your computer is a lot like your car—when you buy it, you have certain ideas about what you want to do with it. You buy a car to get to and from work, run errands, and travel. You buy a computer to write letters, check e-mail, browse the Web, and perhaps play games. But the analogy stops there. Unlike your car, which more or less stays the same from the day you buy it, your computer can be changed with hardware and software. As your needs grow, so can your computer.

Storing Your Digital Video Masterpiece
By Jason Dunn
If there's one factor that dominates digital video on a computer, it's the sheer space that the video takes up. Questions about upgrading hard drives and adding storage to a PC are among the most common in the Windows XP user groups, newsgroups, chats and other online community forums. The purpose of this article is to give you an overview of the current state of hard drive technology, explain how your hard drive impacts digital video editing with Windows Movie Maker 2, and give you pointers for smart decisions about upgrading your hard drive. This isn't intended to be a tutorial on Windows Movie Maker 2, but I'll make references to how different elements will impact your use of this software.

Computing Firepower: The CPU's Role in Video Editing
By Jason Dunn
The key to a high-performance video-editing system is balance between the components. The CPU is a cornerstone of this equation. Ideally, the CPU should be waiting for everything else to catch up to it—relatively speaking, it should be one of your fastest components. In today's market of 3+ GHz CPUs, prices on mid-range CPUs are constantly falling, and what was high-end six months ago is now mid-range. This means you can get tremendous processing power for relatively low cost.

Video Editing & Your Monitor
By Jason Dunn
It breaks my heart to see someone take a beautiful new computer and hook it up to an old 14-inch monitor from 1995 that's been handed down from another computer. Considering that the monitor is the most often-used component of your PC, it's important to get a monitor that not only gives you a great picture, but also has a display that's easy on your eyes, both from a size and a quality perspective. If your monitor is anything under 17 inches and if it's not an LCD monitor, it's time to upgrade. Although it's certainly possible to edit video on a 15-inch CRT monitor, it's not very enjoyable.

Computer RAM: A Crucial Component in Video Editing
By Jason Dunn
Next to the CPU, RAM is one of the most speed-critical elements on your computer. In most cases, even with a fast CPU, a system without enough RAM will be very sluggish. You can tell if a system has this problem quite easily: look at the hard drive indicator light. On systems without enough RAM, this light will be constantly blinking off and on, even if the user isn't doing much. Although Movie Maker 2 lists the minimum RAM requirement at 128 MB, the recommended amount is 512 MB. 

Video Cards and Digital Video Editing
By Jason Dunn
Video cards are also known as video adapters, display adapters, video controllers, and video boards. Basically, these are the electronic components that generate the video signal sent through a cable to your monitor. Sometimes, the video card is integrated with your motherboard. But high-end video cards are usually separate boards inside your PC. A video card is a vital part of any computer system. Video cards and their performance and compatibility aspects generate a huge body of questions and discussions in the Windows XP user groups, newsgroups, chats, and other online community forums.

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