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Windows Movie Maker Photo Montage

40 Points Possible

Homework (2 weeks to complete)

Estimated Time: One to Two hours



In this assignment you will learn the basic features of Windows Movie Maker. 

You will learn how to import still photos and music, apply transitions, effects, and titles to your movie.  You will also use a website to obtain free music for your video.  At the end of this project, you will have a 60 second movie that uses still photos to explore a theme of your choice. 



This is an individual homework assignment.  You are to find a computer with Windows Movie Maker and create a photo montage just as we did with iMovie. 


You can use a computer at your home, at a friend’s house, or at the Franklin Library.  If you do not have access to a computer or believe you will need special help, then a day will be scheduled in a school PC lab from 3:00 to 4:30 to assist you. 


Most Windows computer should already have Windows Movie Maker installed.  Go to START  > ALL PROGRAMS and find the application.  Do a search for it if you cannot find it.  If you do not have it you can download it for free (make sure your computer meets all of the system requirements. 


Optional Training Resources:


The latest version of this application is called Windows Live Movie Maker 2011.  You can find a short tutorial and a link to download it at:


The website below has a tutorial on how to use the Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 program.


By following the instructions below, you should be able to complete this assignment without further assistance.  If you find you would like to watch a video tutorial on how to do certain things, Atomic Learning has free video tutorials on How to use Movie Maker 2.  Also, Microsoft has clear instructions on how to use the application on their Move Maker webpage. 


The instructions are for two different versions of Windows Moviemaker.  If you have a new computer, follow the Vista version.  If you have an older computer, follow the Windows XP version. 



  1. Create a folder titled, Photo Montage. 


  1. Use Google or Yahoo advanced image search to find 18 photographs that are all related by a theme.  You may also use photos that you have taken that are on your computer.  Select large or medium size for your search. Some possible themes include: your favorite city; actor; movie; cartoon; sport; team; athlete; musician; singer; or band.  The theme can also be more abstract, exploring a feeling or political idea. Make sure that your subject matter is appropriate.  You should not have images that are violent, sexual, drug or gang related.  Save the Photos in your Photo Montage folder. 


  1. Open Windows Movie Maker (You can find it on all Windows XP computers by going to Start Menu – All Programs – Accessories – Entertainment – Movie Maker.)  If you do not find it, go to the Start Menu and select “Search.” (Select All Files and Folders) Search for “Windows Movie Maker” 


  1. IMPORT PICTURES:  Import the 18 photos into Movie Maker by going to the Movie Tasks pane and in the Capture Video section, select Import Pictures.  Find the folder on your “C” drive and select the photos. 



Windows Vista

Windows XP

Windows Live







  1. Drag the other photos into the timeline in the order you desire.  You can change the order of the photos when you are in the STORYBOARD view, by clicking on them and moving them around












The “storyboard” button.





  1. Click on the Show Storyboard view to add transitions. 


  1. TRANSITIONS You can find transitions under the Movie Tasks section labeled Edit (in Vista) or Edit Movie (in XP), click on the third one down labeled Transitions (Vista) or View Video Transition (XP).  Select the Animations Tab (Windows Live) and choose the style that you prefer.  You must add transitions to every photo.  Use a variety of transitions.  You can delete the ones you don’t like by selecting them and pressing the delete key. 
























  1. EFFECTS:  Next Add Effects, which is located just above or next to transitions.  If you have XP, you should put Ease In or Ease Out on nearly every photo.  If you have the Vista version, you can also add some of the various PAN or Zoom options. If you are using Windows Live you must select the Pan and Zoom options. (This is what counts for the Ken Burns’ Effect.) 


  1. OPENING TITLE:  Next think up a short title that describes your theme.  Click on the first photo after your logo in the timeline. With XP, under the Edit Movie section, select Make Titles or Credits, this is directly under the Transitions selection.  Select Add Title on the Selected Clip.  Type in the name of your movie on the first line and the subtitle on the second line.  Then select Change Title Animation.  For Vista, select the Tools menu, select Titles and Credits, then select where the title should appear in your video. For Windows Live, select the Home Tab, then Title.  Next select the Font Style, Background, or Effects you would like to have on your title.









Scroll down to Titles, Two Lines and select Moving Titles Layered. You may change the font   Pic

You should then go to Change the text font, and select a font type and color that best matches your theme.  Click on, Done. Add title to movie when you are done. 


  1. CLOSING CREDITS:  Add credits end of movie and put your first initial and last name. 


  1. MUSIC:  Go to a website that offers Creative Commons licensed music and find an appropriate music selection.   It must match your theme.    The website we used before was Jamendo. 


Preview the music to find something that matches the theme of your photos.  Download the MP3 file to your “H Drive.”


Import your audio file








  1. TRIM CLIPS: Shorten each clip so that the total length is 60 seconds.  To trim each clip you must be in the Timeline view (not Storyboard view).  Select the clip you want to shorten and drag the right edge toward the center.





13.  SAVE:  You next need to save a small version of you movie.  For Vista and XP go to Finish Movie and select Save to my computer.  For Live, drop down the Movie Maker Menu next to the Home Tab and select Save Movie, Standard Definition.





















Next write your last name and MovieMaker.  (Example: Jones_MovieMaker)


For Vista



For Live











For XP




Then select the browse button and save it on your hard drive, where you can find it – such as your Videos folder.  





Then select show more choices in the next window.  Click the radial button that says Other settings.  From the pull down menu select High quality video (Small).   In the Windows Vista version of Movie Maker your want to select Save to My Computer. Click the radial button that lists Other Settings. From the pull-down menu select Low Bandwith - this is the second from the bottom.) Then click publish. 
























16. TURN IN ASSIGNMENT:  Submit the .wmv file to the proper assignment link on School Loop.  Make sure it is a .WMV file, which is a playable movie file that works on both a Mac and PC computer. DO NOT turn in a project file, which will have the extension .WMMP or a .WLMP at the end of the file name.





  1. Project is exactly 60 seconds long.
  2. Project incorporates 60 seconds of music selected from the proper website.
  3. Project contains 18 pictures of medium to large size that all have a common theme.
  4. Project starts with production company logo.
  5. Transitions are between every photo.
  6. The “Ease in – Ease out” effect is on all most photos.
  7. Project ends with credits listing the first initial and last name of the maker.
  8. Project is saved at the proper quality level.
  9. Project is placed in the proper location on School Loop by the deadline.