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    How To: Make A *better* WMM Movie! 
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    ex-fng Andrew Robinson's Avatar
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    So, I figured after all that talk about video dissing...why not make a video focusing on teaching how to make it better? ^_^

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFxxHgdBI1s

    Filming
    - Always have the sun facing you when you film. More light = better video quality, and the string/yoyo is easier to see. If you are filming indoors, flourecent lighting is a good choice to use. A good rule is to turn on every lighting source possible before filming.
    - Never film with the sun behind you! It looks like crap!
    - Wear clothing that contrasts to the string you are using. (Ex: Dont wear a white shirt if you are using white string) Generally a black shirt is the best choice.
    - Different angles makes your video more interesting. Instead of filming the same horizontal angle the entire video, switch it up by tilting a couple degrees. Also, remember that you dont have to be restricted by shooting the front of you the entire time! Views from the sides, top, bottom, etc. will keep the clips interesting. Just be sure to remember that you still need to see the string against whatever the background is!
    - One trick does not have to be in the same clip! Do a single trick multiple times shooting from different angles so when you edit your video, you can place them together and keep your video interesting. If you notice on TV, whenever there is a short video clip of a certain sport/hobby/etc. the camera moves around to different angles frequently. This helps prevent the audience from getting bored with the clip. Also, watch your favorite TV show and count the number of camera changes in a single scene. Its a lot!
    Shooting your tricks multiple times also makes getting them on film a lot easier because you can start over from a certain spot in the trick; just be sure to make it near-perfect from where you left off so it isnt obvious when you edit them together.
    - If you plan on speaking in your video, make sure it isnt windy outside. ;P
    - Try to nail all of your tricks as best as you can, and remember that there isnt a time limit.
    - Filming trick by trick, deleting bad clips as you go is a good habit to get into because it makes the editing process a lot faster.


    Editing
    - Titles are an important part of your video...it tells the audience whats what or whos who! A common thing to do using WMM is to select the default blue title with the default animation with the default text. Do not do this! Take the time to make your video title different than everyone elses and change the color/text/animation of it! The most proffesional looking titles use either a white or black background with text that is easy to read. More interesting titles can be achevied by creating an image using paint/photoshop/etc and placing that in the timeline where the title should be. Use the video pan effect or zoom in/out if you like.
    - Music is a very important part of your video, and can sometimes determine whether someone watches the entire video or not! Keeping this in mind, choose something you thing your desired audience would like to hear, and something that fits the video well.
    If your song is longer than the video itself, remember to cut it off and fade out!
    - WMM has a large amount of video effects/transitions that can make your video more interesting, but dont overload a single clip with tons of effects and animations. Ask yourself if the video really *needs* what you are putting in it, then decide if it belongs.
    - Cutting up clips from the throw to the return can make your video look a lot cleaner than if you didnt. Clips of you walking to/back from the camera to turn it off looks sloppy.
    - Again, take your time with editing; no rush.

    Saving
    - Using the "Save Project As..." function does NOT convert your file into a WMV file! Use the "Save Movie File..." when you are completely finished and ready to post your video.
    - Remember to SAVE OFTEN. Windows Movie Maker has a bad reputation of crashing at random times, usually when working with Fade In/Out, importing clips, or saving into a WMV file. Saving after every few major changes is a good habit to get into.

    Have fun making some movies!
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    haha, this pretty much say do everything opposite of what I do. :P well, at least it helps. Did you use Vegas to make that? haha, pretty cool.
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    WMM for the most part, Vegas for the more "complicated" crap. ^_^
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    Like the moving pictures and such? I really wish WMM had some more effects, and editing stuff. It could be great, windows just choses for it not to be. Although something I want to add to this is that you don't need advanced editing programs, or cameras. Just make your video interesting by using what FNG says, and have fun with it. also, don't frown in the video the entire time. It makes you look like you don't want to be doing the video in the first place, which is another turn off for me. Frowns = boring. No fun = Boring.
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    I really liked that, great instructional vidoe Fng :) Ill def take those tips and put tem into action when I make a video.
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    What was the trick you did at about 30 seconds?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hooptyjr
    What was the trick you did at about 30 seconds?
    Meh, one of my combos. Kinda hard to describe since the mount isnt named. -_-
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    #1 tip: Keep your clips as short as possible! This is probably the most common mistake people make editing videos. Try to keep every clip under 5 seconds or so and the video will be _much_ more interesting to watch. If you want to show a long combo, just switch angle.
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    The only recording source I have (My sister's digital camera) saves movies in .mov format and WMM does not support that kind. Is it possible to convert a .mov file to a WMM compatible one?
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    hey 3.65 there are a lot of free encoders out there just go search for "free mov to mpg encoder" or something along those lines and you'll find what you need.
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    Oh, thanks diz. I didn't even think about that. I downloaded the Xilisoft MOV converter shareware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared
    haha, this pretty much say do everything opposite of what I do. :P well, at least it helps. Did you use Vegas to make that? haha, pretty cool.
    could you give me a link to this "vegas" program?

    im doing some movie for my school, its sort of like an advertisement
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    It's pretty pricey, but I bought it and I love it.

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    Should of stickied this earlier, there's enough info here to warrant the action.

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    Sweet, thanks for the sticky!

    Oh and...I added a few notes up top. : D
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    Okay, so I'm new to the whole editing thing, how do you fade the music out at the end of the video? Not just cutting it, I mean fading the sound level at the end. Is this possible with WMM?

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    Yep, two ways I know of.

    Either right click the music on the timeline and click "fade", or get a silent track and overlap the two tracks at the end so the music fades into the silent track.

    With the silent track you can actually control how long or how far the fade starts.
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    Thanks FNG. Maybe the version of WMM I'm using is too old, because it doesn't have the fade option. I could do the silent track thing, but it doesn't sound too bad just cut at the end. Next time. Oh, and expect a video from me as soon as I get around to hosting it.

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    You can probably edit the track in another program so it fades out at the right time before you ever add it to your movie. I've been editing songs to 2 minutes on Audacity, and you basically just highlight the part you want to fade and then fade it. I've never done any editing on WMM, so I don't know if that is any easier than using the silent track method or not, but if that doesn't work, you might try this.

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    www.goldwave.com is what I use to fade songs. If you downlad one of the old versions you'll never have to pay.
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