If you use a Windows PC and you need to create a podcast containing still images, Windows Movie Maker (WMM) can be a great tool. The following instructions will show you how to use WMM to capture audio, add still images and save it as a .wmv movie file. Windows Movie maker by itself is not enough to create a Podcast as your finished movie file must be converted into the appropriate podcast compatible format. To do that, you'll need to use other software such as QuickTime Pro or by using a free web conversion service, such as www.zamzar.com. How to use the zamzar.com site will be explained in separate instructions.
Open Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker (WMM) is an easy-to use video editing program included with all versions of Windows XP (and Vista) and can be found on almost every PC here at MHRD. You can find it by going to the Start Menu-->All Programs. Once open, the main program window appears, as shown here.
Record your audio-1
To record yourself in Windows Movie Maker, go to the Tools menu and select Narrate Timeline... NOTE: Audio can also be recorded using other software, such as Audacity, and imported into WMM.
Record your audio-2
Click the Start Narration button to begin recording your voice through the computer's built-in microphone (if it has one) or your attached microphone. Click the Stop Narration Button when finished. To change the recorded volume of your voice, try adjusting the Input level up or down, and rerecord, if necessary.
Record your audio-3
When you've finished recording your audio, name and save the audio file to a convenient location. NOTE: The audio file will be automatically added to the Collections field and to the timeline.
Import your images by clicking the Import pictures link in the Capture Video section or by dragging the images directly into the Collections area.
If you clicked the Import images link, browse to your images in the dialog window, select them and click the Import button. Imported images will appear in the Collections area. NOTE: Hold down the Ctrl key as you click on an image to select multiple files and import them all at once.
Add your images
To add your images to the podcast, drag them from the Collections area into the video timeline, as shown.
Adjust your images
To adjust to timing of your images (when they appear and how long they stay onscreen until the next image), click on the image you want to adjust and move your cursor to the end of the image. When your cursor turns into a double-sided red arrow, click and drag to adjust the length of that image. This will determine how long the image stays onscreen as well as when the next image appears. Play your podcast to check if your images are in sync with the audio and adjust the images as necessary.
Save your project-1
Remember to save your podcast as your building it by choosing Save Project from the File menu. This will save your file in the native MSWMM file format.
Save your project-2
In the Save Project As window, name your file (leaving the .MSWMM file extension) and choose a convenient place to save it. Click the Save button when finished.
Save Movie File-1
Once you've completely finished your podcast (and after you've saved it in its native .MSWMM format) you need to save it as a movie file. From the File menu, choose Save Movie File...
Save Movie File-2
When the Save Movie Wizard window appears, select My Computer as the movie location, then click the Next button.
Save Movie File-3
In the next window that appears, name your movie file and choose a place to save it. Then click the Next button.
Save Movie File-4
In this window, leave the Best quality for playback on my computer button selected. Check the Setting Details area and confirm that they match these settings: File type - WMV; Bit rate - 864 kbps; Display size - 640x480 pixels; Aspect ratio - 4:3; Frames per second - 30. If everything matches, click Next. NOTE: If your settings don't match, click the Cancel button. Go to the Tools menu-->Options...-->Advanced tab and click the Restore All Defaults button. Then click OK and repeat the above steps to save your project and the movie.
Save Movie File-5
In this last window, click Finish. You can optionally choose to automatically have the movie play when you click the Finish button
Convert your file using the Zamzar web site
Your movie is complete but cannot technically be considered a true podcast until it is converted into the proper format. Please see the separate instructions on how to use the Zamzar website for converting your .wmv file into a podcast compatible format.