PapaJohn's Newsletter #30 - Dec 4, 2004
Maker 2 and Photo Story
Movie Maker Basics
4 of the last 7 newsletters were about Photo Story... let's
turn to Movie Maker for couple issues, this week stepping
back and reflecting on the basics. A good understanding of them takes
you a long way. Next week I'll cover the current state of a common issue
'Help, I can't save a movie'; resolution starts with a good
understanding of fundamentals.
Two pages of the website cover what I consider the basic
building blocks. The Setup > MM2.0 page outlines them to the new
user of Movie Maker 2. The Managing > Intro page covers them
again when facing such topics as organizing the files and
I'll assume you have a good understanding of the basics;
I'll cover tham on a higher level.
- come in all types,
formats, sub-types... and new ones are rolling out regularly. At one extreme
are new high-definition camcorders. At the other extreme
are phones with built-in camcorder features.
Closer to home, Photo Story 3 video-like files
are another sub-type.. a wmv file rendered with the image v2
Collections - some days I work with an
empty collection database, deleting clips in it as quickly as I bring in new
ones. It's just a processing area that I clean up after a processing session.
Other days, I'll treat the clips in it as more important than a project, fine
tuning the clips and backing up the database file after each session.
Clips - clips can be a Jeckel and Hyde thing...
acting one way in a collection and another way in a project. Of course they are
both linked to the same source files, but the filters and codecs that Movie
Maker 2 uses to play them in the collection differ from those used when the same
clip is on the timeline.
To the non-programmer, there are lots of mysterious things that
happen when playing and using clips. Filters and codecs are
some of them.
Projects - many newbies have a hard time
understanding the nature of a project file... for good reason.
Some think the source files can be deleted once they are
imported into the project file.... the word 'import' sets them up for that. And
the Photo Story approach doesn't help, as source files imported
into it actually get copied into the project file.
Others think the project (MSWMM) file can viewed by others, or
imported into their DVD software, not understanding the difference
between a project file and a saved movie.
Saved Movies - the quest for the best
quality at the smallest file size goes on. Playback/distribution options
continue to expand... today's saved movies become tomorrow's source files, if
not for you, then for someone else.
At one end of the quality scale, I'm using my
Creative Zen Portable Media Center to show movies during dinner instead of
At the high end, my desk has a few less monitors
than computers... some monitors are doing double-duty. I've been looking at all
the newer, bigger, more expensive high resolution widescreen monitors... do I
want it to play high definition 1080i? widescreen? LCD or plasma? Many of
the choices weren't there the last time I shopped for a monitor... so
far the ones I like the most are those at the Apple stores.
... before getting deeper into the newsletter,
here's a few items of interest...