Animations and visual effects

Windows Movie Maker contains a number of preset animations and visual effects which may be applied to clips. Whilst most videos will not require effects added, they are a nice addition and can be used to great effect.

As with title or caption animations, moving the mouse over the options will start a preview of the effect in the left hand window. No animations or effects are applied to your movie until they are selected by clicking on them. You may undo/redo all steps using the arrows at the top right of the page.

The 'Animations' tab allows you to add effects to clips such as tilt, pan & zoom along with some transitions that can be used to crossfade or dissolve between clips. The transitions are useful when covering up small changes (such as a movement in head position) in the video when it is clipped. It is recommended to stick to a single type of transition, as too many different animations will create a disjointed viewing experience.

The Visual Effects panel allows you to work with the video colour, brightness and other more extreme filters which may be applied. The effects may be used on any clip in the time line to create a combination of effects, however, as with transitions it is best to stick to a main theme throughout the video duration.

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