Windows Movie Maker is a basic video editing program that eschews the set of features found in more complex programs in favor of a simple interface that’s easy to use. However, it comes with a set of built-in special effects that are more than enough to spruce up your videos and impress your friends and family.
1. Make sure there are video files in the Imported Media bin (the large box to the left of the media player), either dragged in from off your hard drive or imported from a digital camera.
2. Drag the desired file into the Timeline/Storyboard section on the bottom of the screen. Timeline and Storyboard are the two different methods of visualizing your video edits, and can be toggled with the button in the upper-left corner of the section; these instructions will work no matter which one you use.
3. Right-click on the desired video clip in the Timeline or Storyboard and click “Effects…”. Alternately, you can click on “Effects” in the Edit section of the Tasks menu on the upper-left-hand side of the screen. A list of available effects will pop up.
4. Click on the desired effect, click Add, and then click OK, or, if you got to the Effects list through the Tasks menu, simply drag the effect onto the video clip in the Timeline or Storyboard.
5. Test the effect out by clicking on the clip in the Timeline or Storyboard and then clicking the play button on the media player in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen.
6. Remove an unwanted effect by right-clicking on the clip in the Timeline or Storyboard, clicking “Effects…”, clicking the effect under “Displayed Effects”, and finally clicking “Remove.”