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Windows Movie Maker: "Hue, Cycle Entire Color Spectrum"

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Misty Faucheux•updated: 6/23/2009

Here is the how and why of the dramatic Windows Movie Maker video effect "Hue, Cycle Entire Color Spectrum."

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    There are a variety of things you can do using video effects in your video editing software. Though most of them include classic video effects that convey different story or creative elements, some of them are different than the majority of others.

    In Windows Movie Maker, there are only a few different video effects to choose from, but a couple of them are unique and not seen in every non-linear video editing software. One of these takes your Windows Movie Maker clips and puts a hue over the entire clip that changes throughout its duration.

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    When you have the clip in the Timeline or Storyboard go ahead and left click on it. Go down in the pop up list menu, and select Video Effects. This will bring up the two column video effects menu, where all the available video effects are on the left-hand side and all the video effects that are on the selected clip are in the right hand column.

    Go down, and find “Hue, Cycles Entire Color Spectrum” from the left-hand column, which is toward the middle right under Grayscale. Go ahead, and select “Hue, Cycles Entire Color Spectrum”. Hit the Add button in between the two available columns. This will bring “Hue, Cycles Entire Color Spectrum” over to the right hand column and onto the video clip.

    Now just hit the OK button, and it will be attached to the clip. If you want to remove “Hue, Cycles Entire Color Spectrum”, then just right click the clip again, and open the Video Effects menu. Select “Hue, Cycles Entire Color Spectrum” from the right-hand column, and then hit the Remove in the middle to bring it back to the video effects left-hand column and off of your clip.

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    “Hue, Cycles Entire Color Spectrum” is one of the most clip affecting video effects that are available in Windows Movie Maker. This video effect essentially takes that clip through a whole series of color hues, each tinting an image that has had the color ripped from it so that the effect would be obvious. This can be used to indicate a state of mind or even artificially create a situation, where it appears as though there are light differentials, such as a dance club.