Step 1 is actually a series of steps.
- For the Saks Fifth Avenue Movie, I began by taking photographs and videos with my iPhone 7s Plus, and I saved them in a folder that I called New York.
2. If I had shot the images with a better camera, I may have had better images. Images for movies should be large and of clear quality. To help ensure that the movie frames were consistent and that photos that are of smaller files do not seem blurry, I created a blank background on Photoshop, and I put the images and text on those backgrounds. The size of that background was 1600 pixels wide by 1848 pixels high.
3. Generally speaking, movies are made in a landscape or a horizontal format, but I allowed extra space at the bottom. I used that space for text. The lowest text is only visible when the screen is scrolled. I did not want the lowest text to distract from the movie screen. I only wanted it to be available for viewers who wanted more information.’
The lowest text is only visible when the screen is scrolled. I did not want the lowest text [above photo] to distract from the movie screen. I only wanted it to be available for viewers who wanted more information.’
In the above photo, the upper text appears in the movie without scrolling.
When I shifted toward the more fantasy-like part of the video, I changed the color of the background.
I created all of the movie scene photos on the same background [but I changed its color], and I saved all of the finished scene photos in a separate movie folder. I arranged them in chronological order and numbered them accordingly.
After I had completed all of this preliminary work, I opened Movie Maker, and I clicked on File – New Project.
When the New Project window opened, I clicked on Home – Add Videos and Photos.
I Shift-Clicked all of the images that I wanted for the movie, and I clicked “Open” to add them in chronological order–all at once.
I also wanted music, but I had prepared that selection before I began making the movie. To add the saved musical section to my movie, I clicked on Home again, and then, I selected “Add Music.”
Then select, “Add music from PC.”
From the folder where you saved the music, choose the selection.
Note: I found the musical piece through the site Jaemondo, and the piece is available only for personal use. After the fact, I discovered that Youtube use is considered commercial [even though I am not making money from the video]. Akashic Records, the arranger allowed me to continue to use the piece. I am giving the arranger credit for that music, and the selection is Orchestral Jingle Bells. I felt that it captured the feeling of Christmas and the wonder of New York City. It rather sounds like the soundtrack of Home Alone.
Click “Open,” and the selection will open. You will see the musical file beneath the photos.
If you will notice, the above musical file does not fade. It stops abruptly. To fade the musical selection if Movie Make, Click “Options” and then click “Fade.”
To Save the Movie, go to File – Save Movie- Recommended for this project
I Upload the Saved Movie File From Youtube. I go to my Youtube accound and click on the button “Upload.”
Then, I click “Select files to upload.”
From my computer folder where the movie was saved, I select it.
After the movie is uploaded, I add a title, description, and tags. Then I select “Publish.”
©Jacki Kellum December 4, 2016