Do Masking On Windows Movie Maker

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Windows Live Movie Maker is free, basic video editing software that you can download as an owner of Windows Vista or Windows 7. Movie Maker cannot perform complex video editing tasks such as masking, which is the application of a layer over top of the video. You can, however, create the masking effect by pulling the video apart and reconstructing it, frame by frame. It’s a time-intensive project, but if you need to mask a video using Windows Live Movie Maker, it can be done.


1. Launch Windows Live Movie Maker and click on the “Add Video and Photos” button. Select the video file you want to mask and click “OK.” Click the “Snapshot” button and type the name for the photo: “1.” Browse to a folder where you can save several pictures and then click “Save.”

2. Press the “L” button on the keyboard to advance the video one frame. Take another snapshot and name it “2.” Repeat this process for every frame in the video clip. Close Windows Live Movie Maker without saving the project.

3. Launch your photo editing software and create the mask that you want to lay over top the video. For example, you might want a binocular mask so it looks like the video is being viewed through binoculars with black around the edges. The empty portion of the mask must be transparent. Select the mask and press “Ctrl+C” to copy it.

4. Open the first frame of the video in the photo editing software. Press “Ctrl+V” to paste the mask over top of the video. Save the picture as “1M” to indicate the mask effect. Repeat this for all the frames in the video clip.

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5. Re-launch Windows Live Movie Maker. Click “Add Videos and Photos.” Browse to the location of your frames, select all of the masked frames and then click “OK.” Click on one of the frames in the right pane of Windows Live Movie Maker and then press “Ctrl+A” to select all the frames. Click on the “Video Tools: Edit” tab and type “0.03” for the duration. Press “Enter.”

6. Click on the “Home” tab and then click “Save Movie.” Select the quality you want — for example, “High-Definition Display.” Type the name of your video and click “Save.”