Video effects in Movie Maker
2 ... which ones are actually useful, and how to apply them.
|Movie maker 2 comes preinstalled with a number of video effects that you can
add to your movie clips. These effects are numerous and easy to apply. Despite the large assortment
of effects, you’ll find yourself using certain effects more often, and some of them not at all.
Here are some of the most useful effects and some uses you might not have though of.
- Brightness Increase and Decrease
These brightness effects are very useful for fixing your video’s exposure levels. If you
filmed an indoor scene that looks too dark, you can simply brighten the video with the brightness
effect. If your video still isn’t bright enough, you can repeat the effect several times
until you get the look you want.
and Sepia Tone
Both of these effects remove the color from your film, and the sepia effect gives your film
a pleasant “yellowed old photograph” look. You can use these desaturating effects to make
your movie look classy (like those black and white DeBeer’s diamond commercials) or to create
a “flashback” or “dream sequence” scene within a larger home movie epic.
There are several rotation effects, but they are not useful for video. However, they work
great for photographs, and allow you to align your photos properly. If you hold your digital
camera sideways (to get those full-body pictures) these rotation effects allow you to rotate
your pictures in the proper direction so you can create “video slideshows” of your picture
- Slow down and speed up
These two effects can be useful for creating comedy “movies.” For example, you could make
a fake kung-fu movie with your kids and use the speed-up effect to create rapid-motion
fighting scenes. Likewise, the slow-down effect could be used to create the clichéd “slow
motion punch” that is common in American action movies. You could also use the speed up effect
to make funny slapstick comedies … like the British “Benny Hill” skits.
There are many other effects available within Movie Maker, though they aren’t as useful as
the ones mentioned here. Some of the effects, like the artistic watercolor effects, seem to be
included simply for the “wow” factor. One effect that Movie Maker is sorely missing is the “reverse
video” effect, which is unfortunate as there are many special effects you can perform by reversing
How to apply effects
To apply effects to your film you need to open up the Video Effects collection. You can preview
each effect in the preview monitor by double clicking on the effect thumbnail. To apply the effect
to a video clip, simply grab the effect and drop it onto the clip in the storyboard.
Another way to apply effects is by right-clicking on the clip and choosing “Video effects.”
This mode allows you to see exactly what effects are being used. This view is useful if you have
to add or remove multiple effects to your clip.
Next: Working with transitions
You can find more
useful home-video "tips and tricks" like this one at Mighty Coach
- they even have an online-video course that teaches you to edit
video on your home computer!