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Successfully completed my first Photo Story 3, but have a few questions
November 13, 2013
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Barbara Eaton
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First of all, thanks for the excellent tutorials!  I’m getting soooooooooooo smart!

I have a completed Photo Story 3 Movie using all of it’s features. It is saved on my computer.

Question: It is my understanding that this can be burned to a DVD using DVD Maker. Is this correct? Do I just select the Photo Story I want to burn to DVD and select DVD Burner? Not sure exactly how this works.

 

Question: I am thinking I would like to add a short video clip to this completed Photo Story Movie. I know I will have to use Movie Maker for this. How do I combine the two, or do I have to start all over with just my still shots and add the video clip and music?…then burn a DVD?

 

Question: I do not have a very large Music Library, therefore I am looking for free online music. You’ve mentioned http://www.freestockmusic.com. Do you like this pretty well? Have anymore suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

PS: I love it when my friends ask me how I know  all this stuff. I tell them “I learned it from The Geeks on Tour”!

 

 

 

November 14, 2013
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Thanks so much for your PS.  We’ve been thinking of making t-shirts for “I Learn from Geeks on Tour.”  

Now for your questions:

Question: It is my understanding that this can be burned to a DVD using DVD Maker. Is this correct? Do I just select the Photo Story I want to burn to DVD and select DVD Burner? Not sure exactly how this works.

That’s correct.  You will open the program called DVD Maker and then add the .wmv files(s) you created in Movie Maker.  Here’s the video on DVD Maker.

Question: I am thinking I would like to add a short video clip to this completed Photo Story Movie. I know I will have to use Movie Maker for this. How do I combine the two, or do I have to start all over with just my still shots and add the video clip and music?…then burn a DVD?

The .wmv file that Photo Story 3 created will just be another video clip that you bring in to Movie Maker.  No need to start over.

Question: I do not have a very large Music Library, therefore I am looking for free online music. You’ve mentioned http://www.freestockmusic.com. Do you like this pretty well? Have anymore suggestions?

I do think FreeStockMusic is pretty good.  You can search for specific types of music there. Youtube also started a section where you can download music that is copyright free for use on Youtube, but I haven’t found anything I like there yet.  You can look at it Youtube Free Music Library.

When you’re in Movie Maker, if you click on the Add Music menu you will see some more suggestions as well:

Searching for just the right music in any of these sites will be VERY time consuming.  I usually just let Photo Story create some music for me, like it shows in this video: 

Keep up the good work.  And, if you upload your video to Youtube, post the link here OK?

November 14, 2013
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Thanks for the quick reply!  I think the t-shirts are a great idea!

Sorry, but I have more questions. As I get more into this, I’m getting bogged down. I failed to tell you that I created my Photo Story  3 Movie using Windows XP on a netbook. I’m assuming I can use a flashdrive and move this to my desktop PC(Windows 8) to combine with Movie Maker. Will this work? But,  I just found out that Windows 8 DOES NOT have DVD Maker! BUMMER! What to do? I haven’t had this Windows 8 PC very long, and have had very little time to learn what all it has on it. It doesn’t have Photo Story 3 either, and no download. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Question about FreeStockMusic…am I missing something or what? Is there a way to listen to samples of this music before downloading? It seems foolish to download music only to find out…that’s not at all what I was looking for. You are so right about searching for music being so time consuming. I love Photo Story for this feature. Please help.

 

 

 

 

November 14, 2013
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You’re right, DVD Maker was taken out of Windows 8, which means that Movie Maker is also lacking the Burn to DVD command.  I don’t know why they did that …. maybe because lots of Windows 8 devices don’t have DVD players?

So, you have to have a third party solution, like Nero, or Roxio.  A free possibility is DVD Styler.  We have not actually used any of these on Windows 8 so cannot testify from personal experience.  Note: you can put the .wmv file onto a DVD for use in computers just using windows, but you need the above to make a Video DVD that will play in any DVD player

RE FreeStockMusic, yes, you can listen to samples.  You probably see the Line that reads ‘song name Preview” and below that is a bar with a speaker icon at the left – look all the way to the right and you’ll see the triangle Play button.

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November 15, 2013
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DVD Styler may be a good replacement for Windows DVD Maker but be very, very careful with the install. Pay very close attention to what it is trying to install. You want the program NOT the toolbar and search engine it wants to install. Do NOT agree to anything.

I just downloaded and installed it. There are two places where unwanted programs and extras needed to be avoided. The program installed fine. 

The interface and tutorial are a bit cryptic and my first attempt at burning a DVD displays the menu only on my TV. I cannot view the actual videos. More soon.

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November 15, 2013
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Thanks for all of the help. I will check into DVD Styler…VERY CAREFULLY.

Well it looks like I am going to make a career out of this silly little 5 minute Photo Story movie. I got through Movie Maker with it, but then hit another road block when I tried to import the 15 sec. video that I shot with my iphone. It is a .MOV file! After googling “how to convert to .wmv file”, I think I will just have to be happy with what I have…sounds too complicated. My movie will not be near as funny…but that’s okay!

November 15, 2013
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I am so very happy to announce that I pursued the conversion problem and was successful. I was able to convert my .mov to a .wms file and add it to the end of my movie made with Movie Maker.

I used cnet freemake video converter 2.0.0.1. I watched a YouTube video on this, and it worked flawlessly! I’m so excited!

My Fort Walton Beach movie is complete!Cool

 

November 15, 2013
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Once you get going  … you go!  Remember to post a link if you upload to youtube.

Just wondering … are you using version 2012 of Movie Maker?  I just tried using a .mov file and it worked fine.

November 15, 2013
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Chris…I’m using Movie Maker Version 2.1 on a Windows XP Netbook. According to microsoft.com, Movie Maker 2012 is for Windows 7 & 8.  My desktop PC is Windows 8, but I haven’t had it long enough to get into the guts of it.  I really appreciate all the help.

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