I love traveling abroad and I usually take my camera with me. That means that I have thousands of photos and videos at home, but I wasn’t not sure what the best way to share those pictures would be. After doing a bit of research, I came to the conclusion that creating a multimedia presentation is probably the best option, and Live Movie Maker the best tool to work with.
Live Movie Maker is part of the Microsoft Live family: a basic and functional video editor with a visually appealing interface that doesn’t require any technical skills to use. Unlike other more professional video editing tools, Live Movie Maker doesn’t feature a timeline or complicated menus. Its interface is divided into two main areas (a built-in player to preview your video, and a library to drag and drop images and videos) and has adopted the characteristic ribbon interface from the latest Microsoft apps, with separate tabs for the program’s main areas: Home, Animations, Visual effects, View and Edit.
Creating a video with your photos in Live Movie Maker couldn’t be easier: after launching the program, double click the library pane or drag and dr0p media files onto it, and they’ll be automatically added to the movie. Click the ‘Add music‘ button if you want to have some nice background music, which you can later on adjust to the video length with the ‘Fit to music’ option. Other tools you can find in this Home tab let you insert titles, add credits at the end of the movie and insert text captions for each photo. A special feature that is also worth noting is ‘AutoMovie‘: it creates the complete movie automatically for you, with title, credits and crossfade transitions.
Feeling creative? It’s time to spice up your video then! Try the Animations and Visual effects tabs and see how they can dramatically transform your pictures from a standard landscape to an eye-catching little piece of art. You can insert transition effects between photos and videos, apply zoom and pan effects and add various visual effects to your images in one click. What’s more, if you only want to preview the effect, simply hover your mouse over it and you’ll see it in action.
When the video is finished, you can save it into different sizes and resolutions depending on what you want to do with it, whether it’s watching it on a high-definition screen or sharing it via Messenger. Live Movie Maker even lets you upload into YouTube straight away.