Creating an Annotated Slideshow with Windows Moviemaker:
An annotated slideshow must include images and words. Aside from those key elements, you can also choose to include Music or Sound FX to add some life to your piece. You might have used PowerPoint to create these types of presentations before (and you are welcome to), but the MovieMaker program is a little easier in terms of adding music and effects.
- Source your images. You can find images using Google Images, CC search or scan photographs if you wish. Make sure that the images you choose are large and of a high resolution (quality). To test the quality, look underneath each image on google images where you'll see numbers like 120 x 300, or 1350 x 2000. The bigger the numbers, the higher the resolution.
- To save an image from the web, make sure that you view the original size before right clicking and saving.
- Open MovieMaker by searching for it in the START menu. Once open, your screen should look like the image below:
- To start your annotated slideshow, you might want to begin with a title page. To create a title, click on the TITLE button at the top of your screen. The button is shown below circled in red:
- Once you've hit the TITLE button, a title page will automatically be added at the start of your slideshow. By clicking on the MY MOVIE text you can change the title to whatever you like. Also note the options have changed at the top of the screen. You can now change settings like your title font or the duration. See below:
- Your next step is to add some pictures to your slideshow. This step is easy. Just click on the HOME button at the very top of the screen and then select the ADD VIDEOS AND PHOTOS button. This will allow you to find then picture files on your computer that you want to add. You can add them individually or all at once by highlighting many. These will now appear in a timeline on the right side of your MovieMaker page next to your title. (See below).
- If you have more than one image or title in your timeline, you can easily swap them by clicking and dragging the slides. You can also change the duration of each picture by double clicking the slide, and changing the time at the top of the screen. (The default duration is 7 seconds). See below:
- If you would like to add music, it's a similar process to adding pictures. Click on the HOME button, then select ADD MUSIC. You will then need to find music files on your device (wav, mp3 etc) to import.
- The music will now appear in your timeline (below). You can then change the duration of the music and fade in or out by selecting the green MUSIC TOOLS tab at the top of the screen.
- Captions (Titles on pictures) can be added by clicking on HOME and then selecting CAPTION, which is just below the TITLE button. This is how you can add information to support your images.
- Your final step (once you've finished putting together your slideshow) is to export your work as a movie file. This is different to the Moviemaker project file that you've been saving. To save a movie file, click on the button in the top left corner of your screen (Circled in red below) and select SAVE MOVIE. Follow the default settings and save to your desktop. Congrats on making your slideshow!