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Video 101: Adding transitions & effects with Windows Live Movie Maker

December 16, 2010 by Mark Staff

Transitions and effects used in moderation can really make your video pop! These elements can take an otherwise boring and flat video to the next level. But don't go overboard, too much of either of these things can make your video look cheesy. And there's enough of those videos on other sites ;)

Transitions can help the flow between clips. You can add fades, wipes and other animated movements to help bridge the gap between tow videos you are editing together. Transitions are added by choosing 'Animations' in the top menu bar and then clicking the white space between two clips and then clicking on your transition of choice. Place your mouse over each transition thumbnail to preview it before your commit. Again, play around with a few transitions that you like, but a standard one we recommend is the 'Cross Fade'.

Effects can greatly alter the look and feel of your video. You can add effects by selecting the clip of your choice, choosing 'Visual effects' and then clicking on the effect you want. Just like transitions, placing your mouse over each effect thumbnail will give you a preview of what your clip will look like. Don't add any effects if it's unnecessary, only if you feel it adds something great to your video.

Let's Recap!

  • Transitions help the flow between clips

  • A simple fade in and out will usually look great

  • You don't always need transition between every clip

  • Place your mouse over transitions and effects to preview them

  • Don't add effects just because you can, only add them if appropriate Continue to the next step, Adding Text and Titles

  1. 1.
    Text and titles can be added to your videos to create title cards, credits and anything else you'd like. Let's find out how to do that now!
  2. Transitions and effects in moderation can really make your video pop! These can take an otherwise boring and flat video the next level. Let's learn how!
  3. 3.
    You can edit the sound in your videos and add music to create a more dynamic feel to your videos and add a little extra emotion. Let's learn how!
  4. 4.
    It's time to learn the basics of editing. If you're on a PC, you can use Windows Live Movie Maker to take your videos from your camera, all the way to Vimeo. It's really simple!
  5. 5.
    Exporting your video is the final step before you upload your video to Vimeo. It's important to get these settings just right for an optimal viewing experience. It's really easy though, let's get star
  6. 6.
    One of the first steps to editing a video is getting that footage into your editing program. This lesson will show you how to import your videos into Windows Live Movie Maker so you can start editing
  7. 7.
    This lesson covers the basics of editing a video together in Windows Live Movie Maker. It's not that hard, I promise.


pauline butcher bird

What these tutorials do NOT tell you is that you cannot add music to a video if you have already added animations. I have added one or two animation fades between scenes and the music is added okay, but too many animation fades and 'turn-around' features and some-such, then music will not add and you get 'ping' sound when you try to add music.

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