Publish a movie in Windows Movie Maker

When you finish working on a project, you can publish the project as a movie. A movie is a Windows Media file with a .wmv file name extension or an Audio-Video Interleaved (AVI) file with an .avi file name extension. When you publish a movie in Windows Movie Maker, you can share it with others in a number of ways—through your computer, on a recordable CD, on a recordable DVD, as an attachment in an e‑mail message, or on videotape in a DV camera.

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To publish a movie to your computer

  1. Click File, click Publish Movie.

  2. Click This computer, and then click Next.

  3. In the File name box, type a name for your movie.

  4. In the Publish to box, choose where you want to save your movie once it's published, and then click Next.

  5. Choose the settings you want to use to publish your movie, and then click Publish.

  6. If you want to watch your movie after it has been published, select the Play movie when I click Finish check box.

  7. Click Finish.

To publish and burn a movie to a DVD

To publish and burn a movie to a DVD, you must have Windows DVD Maker, which is included in Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Home Premium. You also need a DVD burner.

  1. Insert a blank recordable or rewritable DVD into your DVD burner.

  2. Open a project in Windows Movie Maker.

  3. Click File, and then click Publish Movie.

  4. Click DVD, and then click Next. Windows DVD Maker opens.

  5. Complete the steps to create a DVD using Windows DVD Maker.

To publish and burn a movie to a recordable CD

  1. Insert a blank recordable CD or a rewriteable CD into your CD burner.

  2. Click File, and then click Publish Movie.

  3. Click Recordable CD, and then click Next.

  4. In the File name box, type a name for your movie.

  5. In the CD Name box, type a name for the CD, and then click Next.

  6. Choose the settings you want to use to publish your movie, and then click Publish.

  7. To publish and burn the movie to another recordable CD, select the Publish this movie to another recordable CD check box, and then click Next. Replace the recordable CD with another recordable CD, and then repeat steps 4 through 6.

To send a movie as an e‑mail attachment in an e‑mail message

  1. Click File, and then click Publish Movie.

  2. Click E‑mail, and then click Next.

  3. After the movie is published, do any of the following:

    • To play the movie in your default player before sending it, click Play the movie.

    • To save a local copy of the movie on your computer in addition to sending it as an e‑mail attachment, click Save a copy of my movie on my computer, enter a movie file name in the File name box, and then click Save.

  4. To attach the movie to an e‑mail message, click Attach Movie.

  5. In your default e‑mail program, enter the e‑mail address of the person you are sending the movie to, add any additional text to the body, and then send the message.

To record a movie to a videotape in a digital video camera

  1. Switch your digital video (DV) camera on and verify that it is in playback mode (often labeled VCR on the camera).

  2. Click File, and then click Publish Movie

  3. Click Digital video camera, and then click Next.

  4. If you have more than one digital video device powered on and detected by Windows Movie Maker, on the Choose a digital video camera page, choose the digital video device that contains the videotape to which you want to record your movie, and then click Next.

  5. When you see the Cue your tape page, using the transport controls on your camera, rewind or fast-forward the tape to the point where you want your movie to be recorded, and then click Next.

    Warning

    • You should verify that you are not overwriting a portion of the tape that contains recorded video you want to keep.

  6. To begin recording your movie back to tape, click Yes.

    Wait for your movie to be published and then recorded to the videotape. The time it takes to create and record the movie to tape depends on the length of the movie and the system resources on your computer. You can preview the movie in the LCD display of your DV camera as your movie is recorded to tape.

  7. Click Finish.

To change where movies are temporarily saved

Windows Movie Maker uses a temporary file storage location in the following ways:

  • When you publish a movie, the audio or movie file is held in the temporary file location until the file is published.

  • When you record an audio narration, a temporary file is stored in the temporary file storage location, and then removed after the audio file is saved.

  • When you publish a movie that you want to attach to an e‑mail message, a copy of the movie file is stored in the temporary file location until the movie is sent successfully.

  • When you send a movie to a tape in a digital video (DV) camera, the temporary movie file that is created is stored in this location until the movie is recorded to the tape.

You can change the default file storage location in Windows Movie Maker. For example, you might want to do this if you have a storage location that has more available disk space. If your hard disk has two partitions, you may want to choose the drive that has more storage space.

  1. Click Tools, and then click Options.

  2. Click the General tab, and then in the Temporary storage box, choose the default location where you want your temporary audio and movie files to be saved temporarily.

To avoid including the title, author, copyright, rating, and comments information in the published movie file

You can choose not to include information such as the title, author, copyright, rating, and comments in your published movie files. If you not to include this information, your name and other metadata information is not displayed when you or someone else plays back your movie in a media player. For more information about entering information about your project and final published movie, see Add a title, author name, and description for a movie.

For more information about Windows Movie Maker features that also affect your privacy, see the Windows Movie Maker Privacy Statement online.

To choose not to include metadata in your finished movie, do the following:

  1. Click Tools, and then click Options.

  2. Click the General tab, and then select or clear the Do not include the title, author, copyright, rating, and comments information in the published movie file check box, depending on whether you want personally identifiable information to be removed with the published movie file.