Windows Movie Maker/Finishing your movie
Why save it like this?
The normal save you use (on the file menu) saves your work in Windows Movie Maker format, which cannot be uploaded to the internet, played in media players or burned to discs. So you must click on SAVE TO MY COMPUTER to save it in on of the 'proper' formats, such as WMV (Windows Media Video).
- If the movie tasks are not displayed (at the far left of the screen) then click on the TASKS tab below HELP.
- Under FINISH MOVIE, click on SAVE TO MY COMPUTER.
- Follow the instructions in the wizard. When selecting your format, take these things into consideration: if you transferred your video to your computer DV-AVI or wish to burn the finished video to DVD, then choose DV-AVI. If you captured your video and save it in DV-AVI the quality will be just as it was before you started - uncompressed. Otherwise, just choose RECOMMENDED.
- Er, that's it.
If your video size exceeds your computer's available RAM, it will not save and the time estimate will be ridiculously large. Eventually the computer will give up and display a message about Virtual Memory being too low. An example of one of movie maker's many shortcomings.