create the video track in Photo Story
I first sorted the pictures into
sub-folders with topical themes... bawdiness, children,
classes of people, dining, fashion, fighting, horses, housing, love, music,
religion, and singing... moving each picture into the appropriate
Then I looked though each group to
select interesting ones. I didn't resize any,
as Photo Story 3 does such a great job with 5
For the topic of religion, there was only one
picture of the nun, so I took a snapshot in Movie Maker to get a second
one... you can tell which one it is in the story... the only low
quality one with lots of pixilation. A snapshot from a DV-AVI file is 1/3
of a megapixel, 15 times fewer pixels than pictures from our
For a background
image for text overlays I went to Paint, set
the canvas size to 640x480 pixels, painted it red, and placed a cropped
section from one of the pictures on it... the text will be added in
Photo Story. I used the same picture for the
opening title and between each topical segment of the story... with
different text on each.
I used my file manager to drag and drop
the pictures into the story in topical groups.
I didn't do much in the way of editing the visual
track of the story. The purpose was to spend any extra time on editing the
audio track in Movie Maker.
At this point, I saved the project, and rendered a
low quality story WMV file. The project file let me go back for more
editing after the audio track was ready. The rendered story was an aid
to working on the audio in Movie Maker.
create the audio track in Movie
To prepare for the audio project in Movie Maker,
I captured footage of the event from my camcorder tape, imported it
into Movie Maker as a single clip, put it on the audio/music track of the
timeline, and saved it to a high quality audio WMA file. That was to get an
audio-only file. I could have gotten a WAV file instead by ripping it from the
file using TMPGEnc... either one - WMA or WAV - works well.
I imported the audio file and split it into
segments in the collection. From there it was a matter of dragging the
clips to the timeline and working them there so they worked well with the
Here's what the timeline looked like when I
finished the arrangement... with a few notes about it:
... a few
things about the Movie Maker project:
The picture at the right shows the timeline
zoomed all the way in to better see where the tracks end.
The audio (the track with the wave patterns) continues beyond
the video, just a bit... less than a second... use a quiet or muted clip
there if you don't want to hear audio after the video finishes... but have
some extra frames of audio.
Again for some visual feedback
during editing, I added titles... one for each
segment. They aren't needed when looking at the zoomed out view above,
but when fully zoomed into the timeline and in the middle of a segment, the
title with the name of the segment is handy as a reference
When the audio editing is finished and ready
to render... strip away the video and text overlay tracks so the
rendering will be to an audio-only WMA file.
To strip the tracks, my usual is to select a
clip on the video track, use the Control-A keys to expand the selection to
include all of the clips on that track... and press the Delete key. Do
it again on the title overlay track, and you're left
with only the audio/music, arranged and positioned as you want
Here's the timeline just before
rendering a high quality WMA audio file for
With the new WMA audio file, we're ready to take it
to the story project.
combine the video and audio in Photo Story 3
Reopen the Photo Story 3 project. It already has the
video track, so all you need to do is go to the Add Background
Music window and select the WMA audio file
(Select Music...), with the first picture of the film
strip selected so the audio plays throughout the story.
We never had to do any calculations about the story's
duration... by saving the story and using it in Movie Maker, we only
needed to check that the last audio clip ends a little past the
end of the video clip. We didn't have to know how long the overall
You're ready to render the final story to a high
quality file for viewing and distribution... for online viewing I picked a