Saving the movie

Before saving your movie, it is a good idea to save your project one final time. This will allow you to easily reload the project to make further edits as required!

  • The project is all the working files, these are required to carry out future edits and should be stored in a safe place
  • The movie is the output from the Movie Maker creation process.

Saving your complete movie is the final step when editing. The save button on the home tab of the ribbon bar will automatically choose a recommended format based on the source video files you have included. This video will be saved in the location of your choice, your original footage and artefacts will remain untouched by the program.

Digital movies are encoded in a selection of formats, resulting in a variety of file sizes. Most movies on the web today are encoded as MPEG4 (mp4). This video format is supported by the html standard so all modern browsers can play them. The quality and the size of a video is determined by the video dimensions (height and width in pixels), its bit rate (number of bits used to represent the video data per second), and the frame rate (number of images shown per second).

Custom formats

The dropdown ‘Save Movie’ button at the top right of the ‘Home’ tab will allow you to choose a pre-defined output format. These are useful if you know the target device the videos will be displayed on. If you are unsure of the target device you may configure a custom output setting (opposite).

This window will allow you to create a new template for the video output, along with giving an estimate of the final file size. If you are unsure of these settings you can always use a pre-existing template, or experiment with the different options to find an acceptable output quality/size.

The video height and width should be a suitable format for common devices. When choosing the resolution of the output it is important to keep the final file size in mind for situations such as mobile viewing over a limited data connection.

The video bit rate is directly connected to the file size output. The greater the bitrate the greater the file size, however, the better the quality.

The video frame rate is set at the American television standard of 29.97 fps. If you are using recent footage from a modern device the chances are you are using 30fps footage so there will be no need to change this. If you are using an older format of 25fps then you will have to output at this frame rate to ensure smooth playback.

While it is possible to output a 25fps to a 30fps video format, jarring or stuttering will be introduced as an extra four frames would be required for every second of video footage. It is possible to downscale a 30fps video to 25fps, however, the saving in file size would be minimal so it is best to only use this option when combining footage with two different frame rates.


The movie is the output from the Movie Maker creation process.



The project is all the working files, these are required to carry out future edits and should be stored in a safe place.

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