Use Windows Movie Maker to Create Lecture Videos

Lecture Capture & Closed Captioning

Did you know you already have access to a program for creating your own short lecture capture movies? Windows Movie Maker comes installed on any Windows PC. Typically, it is located through your “Start Menu” under “All Programs > Accessories” or “All Programs >Accessories >Entertainment”.

To create a video in this program, you import resources such as images, movie clips, and audio clips and arrange them in sequence on a time-line. If you typically deliver your lectures accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, save your individual slides as images and import them into Windows Movie Maker as image clips. Doing this, you can arrange these images in any sequence and duration, especially if you intend to add audio narration later. To add narration to your video, we recommend using an audio recording program such as Audacity to record short audio clips that can be imported into Windows Movie Maker. This allows you the greatest flexibility and precision when editing and pairing your imagery with your narration. Titles, credits, and transitions can be added at any point during the video’s creation to enhance meaning and visual interest.

To help you get started making your own lecture capture video with Windows Movie Maker, we’ve gathered a few step-by step tutorials and web-based resources for you:

Once your video has been rendered as a .WMV movie file, it can be shared with your students in a couple ways that do not impact the overall file-size of your course.

Your course’s Campus Pack Podcast Episode tool can be used to upload .WMV video files under 100 MB in file size to create “video podcasts”. This will create a “Download Link” that students can use to watch your video offline.

Another option is to upload your video to your own YouTube channel and share the video by URL Web address link or embedded video player. Uploading your videos to YouTube provides the added benefit that students will be able to view your video online using any computer device. YouTube will automatically serve a student a format of your video that is compatible with his or her technology.

Lastly, you can have your .WMV format video uploaded to Teaching and Learning Technology’s streaming media server.  Once this is done, you will be given a URL Web address link to the video that you can share in your course.  Students accessing the video through the link  must have a version of Windows Media Player or the Windows Media Player browser plugin installed on their computer.


2 thoughts on “Use Windows Movie Maker to Create Lecture Videos

  1. Great post Megan. A question and a comment – Do you still do the streaming server? Some of my older demos are on i.e.
    I didn’t see mention of this option.

    Regarding upload to Youtube. This option is blocked if students are in one of our on-campus computers.
    I have been using to “flip” YouTube videos for homework assignments. Today I stopped in the M273 lab to check and even these are blocked! Too bad.

    1. Good call, Dave. We do still use the streaming media server and it remains an option for any instructor who is interested in having videos they have created themselves uploaded there. I have added this information to the article. Thanks!

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