After I imported the unedited footage to my computer, it was time to find the parts of video that showed my parents. In all, I wanted to have four scenes on the DVD—Dad fishing in Canada when he was “a few” years younger, Dad coming home from the service, Mom and Dad’s wedding shower, and their wedding. I used Windows Movie Maker to create four "projects"—each project is one scene.
First, I needed to import the video file into Windows Movie Maker (you will not need to do this if you start Import Video from within Windows Movie Maker). Next, looking at the times I wrote down earlier, I quickly found the first video scene that I wanted to include on the DVD. I split the video two times in the collections area—once at the beginning of the scene and again at the end of the scene—to isolate the video clip that showed my Dad fishing in Canada.
Though I split the video clips myself, Windows Movie Maker can automatically create clips for you. To learn more about how to split clips, see Work with clips in Windows Movie Maker.
I now had one video clip, which I copied into a new collection folder called Dad Fishing. I did this because you can use collections folders to help organize and find your clips in Windows Movie Maker. For example, I was able to quickly find the clip that I wanted to use in Dad Fishing, and then drag it to the storyboard. Then I added a title, transition, and two basic effects before saving the project. To learn more about the different features I used in Windows Movie Maker, refer to the See also list at the end of the column.
I knew I needed to repeat the same basic steps for the remaining three scenes of video that I wanted to include on the DVD. So, I saved myself some time by using my first Windows Movie Maker project. After isolating the video clip for my second scene (Dad Coming Home), I opened the first project, replaced the existing video clip with the new one, edited the title text, added a transition, and then added a Fade Out effect to the video before saving the project with a new name.
I did this two more times, so that I had a total of four project files. Before closing Windows Movie Maker, I took a few pictures of different video frames (by clicking Take picture from preview on the Tools menu). I wanted to use some of these pictures on the DVD menu, as well as on the DVD label and jewel case cover. To learn about taking pictures from video, see Take and use a picture from a video frame in Windows Movie Maker.