• Project: Making a Sing-Along video (WINDOWS 7)

    Materials needed: Music

    Lyrics

    Background Photo(s)/Picture(s)

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    Flash Drive(the above materials loaded)

    Earphones(optional)

    Procedure:

    1. Plug in your Flash Drive into a USB port.

    2. Open up Windows Movie Maker from the START Menu. You can find the program in the ALL PROGRAMS.

    3. Click Title to add a title to your project. Make the duration about 5s.

    4. Add your Photo for the Background onto the working space. A pop-up window will prompt you to import your file. You need to search for your files on your Flash Drive. Click on My Computer to search for your Flash Drive. It should be one of the removable disks. When you double-click on the selected disks, it should open up the files on your Flash Drive. If the selected disks is not the correct one, back-click to My Computer. When you find the correct file, click on it to upload.

    5. Click on Video Tools at the top of the navigation bar. Change the duration to the length (or a little more so that your music doesn't just cut out when it's done) of the song that you're using. The length of the song shows up when you move your cursor on top of the mp3 clip in your flash drive.

    6. Click back to Home to add Music to your project. Drag the starting point of the music to the beginning of your photo background.

    7. Click on Caption and type out lyrics. Make sure the Start time is synced to the music and singing. Set Text duration for about 5 seconds or adjust as needed. Repeat process until all lyrics are typed in.

    8. Make sure that the typed lyrics appear slightly ahead of the singing on the music as you will need to be able to read ahead to sing together with the singer. You can move the text box by dragging it to synchronize with the music.

    9. Add Ending Credits with Your Name so that we'll know whose work it is.

    SAVING:

    1. If you are NOT DONE with your project, you need to save it as SAVE PROJECT. You can then reopen it in Windows Movie Maker to keep working on it. If you save it as a Movie, you cannot edit it anymore without redoing the whole thing.
    2. When you save, make sure that it is SAVED ONTO YOUR FLASH DRIVE. Click on MY COMPUTER and select the removable disk that is your Flash Drive. This is so that you can take the Flash Drive and plug into another computer to work with at home or any place else.
    3. If you are DONE with your project, make sure that you save both a PROJECT copy and also a MOVIE FILE. This is just in case you may still want to edit your Project. Once it's saved as a Movie, you cannot edit it anymore without redoing the whole thing.
    4. Bring your Flash Drive to class and give it to me to make a copy. Thank you for your work.