Add transitions and special effects to your movie

Windows Movie Maker includes about 60 transitions and 28 special effects you can add to make your videos look more professional.

To add transitions

Transitions allow you to insert fades, flips, dissolves, and other shifts between scenes.

  1. Download video from your camera. To learn how, see Download video from your camera to your computer.

  2. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click View video transitions.

  3. Preview transitions by double-clicking them and watching the Preview Monitor. Drag your transition from the Video Transitions pane to the box between two of your clips.

    Transitions cause your video clips to overlap by about one second, which means you won't see all of the first or last second of your clip.

  4. To watch your transition in the Preview Monitor, under Play, click the Video Transitions pane. If you decide not to use a transition, right-click it, and then click Delete.

To add special effects

Special effects change the appearance of a video clip by rotating it, slowing it down or speeding it up, or making it appear like old film footage.

  1. Download video from your camera. To learn how, see Download video from your camera to your computer.

  2. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click View video effects.

  3. Preview effects by double-clicking them and watching the Preview Monitor. Drag your effect from the Video Effects pane to the box between two of your clips. When the effect is added, you'll see a star icon appear in the lower-left corner of the clip.

    You can add more than one effect to a clip or add a single effect several times to increase it.

  4. To watch your effect in the Preview Monitor, click Play. If you don't like the effect, right-click the star icon in the lower-left corner of the clip, and then click Delete Effects.

Note

  • Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 offers faster and simpler ways to turn your photos and videos into polished movies, with more capability to share your creations with your friends and family. To get Windows LiveMovie Maker—part of the Windows Live Essentials suite of products—simply upgrade to Windows 7.