The nice thing about holidays is the feeling that you can indulge
in pastimes just for the fun of it. As I was saying the other day,
I've never got far with exploring the possiblilities of my Canon
Power Shot G5 digital camera; now's my chance.
My nephew Arden was telling me how easy it is
to use Windows Movie Maker, which comes as an accessory
with Windows XP. Within an hour I'd shot, edited, titled and added
fade effects and a music track to my first movie.
Previously I've taken movies only by accident with my camera; looking
in the manual all you need to do is set the dial to
Movie Mode, press the shutter button to start shooting
and press again to stop. And be careful not to cover up the built-in
I film a slow pan of the wood from the studio window, another panning
up from the patio to the bird feeder and finally zoom in for a few
seconds of goldfinches and great tits flying to the feeder.
The Storyboard, Windows Movie Maker
your movie clips, import them into Movie Maker (screenshot,
left) and drop them into the Storyboard (above)
and add any video effects and transitions (indicated in the smaller rectangles).
You then switch to a Timeline view to fine tune the
editing and to add music and, if you wish, a narration. There's always
a preview window available (to the right of the screenshot) for
you to play your movie through.
I haven't worked out how to embed the finished movie in a web page, or
I'd treat you to a premier right now.
Movie Maker at www.microsoft.com
Richard Bell, email@example.com