Holiday Video Goodies
Microsoft's Winter Fun Pack 2003 has great accents to use in holiday movies and stories. It's a free download
Winter Fun Pack 2003
You can see from this collage of the still pix in the pack how professional the items are... perfect for garnishing holiday
movies and stories.
The download link has been on my website for years... as I looked it over again for this newsletter, I took an extra
step to make a few sampler videos to help you see and hear what's in it.
Part 1 - Some
Sound Effects - 2 minutes
Part 2 - More Sound Effects
- 7 minutes (the pinball, race car, and snowboard clips are not part of the Fun Pack)
Part 3 - Holiday Music
- 4-1/2 minutes (the snowboard clip isn't part of the Fun Pack)
I'll use this newsletter for some comments to help you with the Fun Pack. Before that, a couple notes.
here's a copy of my latest email from Frank Delaney, the radio guy, after
our 6 week series about Movie Maker and Photo Story
Thanks Papjohn - I just added those
(the links to the Fun Pack and the 3 sample videos for this newsletter) to the
Thank you for all your help on this series, and you can use it whichever way it benefits you.
"Papjohn has been featured on National Public Radio, KPBX FM 91.1 Spokane Public Radio's "Raw Bytes" - the longest running computer
series in the NPR network." etc etc.
Season's Greetings and please let me know of anything new related to MM or Photo Story.
From the 'Use All Your Tools' Corner...
Although I use Movie Maker for the final video productions, I'll use whatever tools I have to make bits and pieces of a project.
a transition made by Pinnacle Studio 8, which includes a starter version of HollywoodFX Studio, an add-on pack that makes really
great 3D transitions and effects.
The balloon going up from the racetrack is the opening clip... the pinball game. Watch the transition in action in this 30
Studio 8 Transition
the Winter Fun Pack 2003
The download and installation is a usual .msi file... what many don't understand is where the items go during
The snowflakes video effect shows up where you expect, in the Effects collection. The two new transitions, Snow Burst and Snow
Wipe, are in the Video Transitions collection. They have Pixelan's name on them, so you know where Microsoft got them from. I
used the effect throughout these samples, and the two transitions at the end of Part 3.
The installation also creates a new c:\Documents and Settings\(User Name)\My Documents\My Videos\Windows XP Fun Pack\Winter
2003 folder, with 4 sub-folders containing 7 'WMA Music Tracks and Music Transitions', 10 JPG 'Pictures', 92 WMA 'Sound Effects',
and 8 WMV 'Video Animations'. To use the clips in Movie Maker, import them into your collections as usual.
3 sample videos...
some comments about them...
The first is standard aspect ratio and the other two are widescreen... to align with the three widescreen high definition wmv
clips used to supplement the visual material in the pack. They were the ones I mentioned finding on the 'Digital Video Compression'
book disc, and are not included in the Winter Pack. The sound files in the Winter Pack needed so much playing time that I figured
you'd get bored seeing the same pictures over and over.
The opening 15 seconds of each video is the same... a black still image with snowflakes and one of the Pixelan Ghosting effects,
just to see how those effects would work in that case... not very well. Scrolling upwards is a graphic png file made with
Paint.NET, with the movement done by a custom xml title overlay file. If interested, see the Moving Overlays section of the website's
Edit Movies > XML - Persian Section > Script Types > Custom Overlays page.
It's fun to listen to the sound effects on the timeline as they play in alphabetical order over a pretty randomly selected
set of video/picture clips. Most of the associated visuals and sounds don't work together at all... but some are surprisingly
better matches than I would have planned.
In parts 1 and 2, each sound effect is labeled... try not to think of the titles as having anything to do with the visuals,
which are just in there for filler material. I tried it with just blackness, but something doesn't see right about watching a
completely black movie.
1 - Some Sound Effects
16 of the sound effects play in alphabetical order, from Applause 1 through Fire in Woodstove.
The video track shows the 8 video animations followed by the 10 pictures.
Part 2 - More Sound Effects
remaining 76 sound effects go from Firecracker Bang to Wind. They're all labeled by the subtitles.
For things to watch as you listen to the sound effects, there are the animations and pictures again, along with high def clips
of pinball, race cars, and snowboarding...
The high-def clips are muted so you hear only the sound effects.
Part 3 - Holiday Music
part uses the 7 music clips in the pack, and shows the snowflakes, snow burst, and snow wipe special video effect and transitions.
The last visual in this part is a picture of an alley, a video effect from one of the Adorage packs.
Conclusion and Closing... and What's Next?
There are other fun packs to explore also... last night I was playing with the settings of the Winter Ice Storm visualization
in Windows Media Player. I turned the background to a plain blue color, maximized the snowflakes, turned off the icing, and was
able to do a blue-screen capture of a heavy snowfall.... using the Media Encoder.
Have a great week and happy holidays to everyone, however you celebrate them!!
I look forward to comments and discussion about this and other newsletters on the forums at:
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||John "PapaJohn" Buechler, of Kalamazoo, Mich., goes by PapaJohn online. An avid user of Movie
Maker since its first release, and a regular supporter of the community of Movie Maker users,
John received a 2003 MVP award from Microsoft for that support. In March 2003, he started a comprehensive
website about Movie Maker 2 at www.PapaJohn.org.
He maintains the website, writes books and articles, teaches, and provides support services -
all for the community of Movie Maker 2 users. An engineer by formal education, John is a computer
database and multimedia expert by business and personal experience. He co-authored the first book
about Movie Maker 2 and is actively working on a second one. You can find his advice in the
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