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Learn to Make Your Own Movies Using Your Windows Platform

written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 1/27/2010

With these digital editing techniques, you can learn how to make the best movie. Also, find out which editing programs will work best with your Windows platform.

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    Capture and Create Professional Videos

    With the popularity of YouTube and other such sites, video recording and editing has become extremely popular amongst people of all ages. But, there are specific programs that work better with Windows than other programs.

    Yet, before you can edit your videos, you should know how to best record your scenes. Videos can be created from anything as varied as Web cams to camcorders. For the best videos, camcorders should be used. You should also buy an external microphone. This will help you record what your speaker is saying more clearly.

    Another tip to keep in mind when recording video is not to zoom in and out too often. It makes for choppy shots and increases your chances for noise.

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    Editing Your Videos

    When you have finally recorded your scenes, your next step is to edit the scenes. There are many digital editing programs that you can use with your Windows Platform. If you're new to the whole editing scene, Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is probably your best bet. It's free with your package, and it's fairly simply to use. Plus, it works with Vista, which is a definite must.

    There's also Wax, which can be used by both professionals and amateurs. Wax will allow you to create more professional-looking movies and add additional special effects. It also works very well with Vista.

    Now that you have your editing equipment, it's time to create your videos. Here you can splice in your favorite shots or favorite movie clips and add dialogue. If you didn't have a microphone, adding dialogue as you edit may be best. You can also add music and special effects, such as warping or color enhancement depending on your editing savvy and equipment.

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    Uploading Your Videos to YouTube

    When your video is all ready to go, you have several options to choose from on how to share it with others. You can upload it to YouTube and send out a link with the video. There's one catch with YouTube; they will own the rights to your movie. If you want to make sure that you retain the rights, you can choose to zip it up and E-mail it instead.