Kicking Doubt to the Curb – Learning to Use Windows Movie Maker

Lanterns Surrounding the Main Lantern [taken by my husband]
Lanterns Surrounding the Main Lantern [taken by my husband]
Sometimes I am my own worst enemy. I doubt that I can do something before I have attempted or even tried to conquer it.

And this especially rings through with regards to computers and technology.

But, this past Saturday, it was raining all day and I had all the time in the world. Not only that, I had my very last wisdom tooth pulled on Thursday because it had nowhere to grow and was pushing a bone out of the side of my gum [I’m not joking – I had to get my gum cut and the dentist used some kind of grinding tool to smooth it out]. Very painful and let’s not even get started about the swelling. 

But, that is enough about my dental problems.

My Saturday started out with coffee, my favorite spring roll, and a surprise bouquet of flowers from my husband.
My Saturday started out with coffee, my favorite spring roll, and a surprise bouquet of flowers from my husband.

So, with nothing better to do and nothing to lose, I decided to kick fear and self-doubt to the curb, to the waste side. I was on a mission to teach myself how to use Windows Movie Maker – to compile several videos and make one, complete with an intro and ending, transitions, as well as editing out the unwanted clips.

And actually, the hardest part of it all turned out to be the downloading process. I downloaded the program successfully and then, my computer acted all weird and I couldn’t find it. However, my husband put on his Superman cape and swoop in and saved the day. Well, not really! He was sitting next to me and answered my distress call [a.k.a. frustration] and solved my problem with a few clicks of the mouse.

I started my Saturday afternoon by multi-tasking and killing two birds with one stone. As I exercised, I watched a selection of YouTube videos that introduced how to use and navigate your way around Movie Maker.

It seemed easy enough, nothing really complicated at all.

So, armed with my new found knowledge, I started out and successfully edited a video that I am proud of. It is not perfect, but I am sure that, with time, I will keep improving and mastering and uncovering new techniques and ways to make my future YouTube videos better and better.  Also, I wanted to add music, but I need to do more research about what music is ok to add to a YouTube video.

And now, I will leave you with the first video that I edited.

Be sure to let me know what you think. Plus, if you have any tips for this amateur video maker, be sure to also include them in the box below.

And as always, thanks for reading and in this case, watching!!

Keep smiling and shining, dear readers,


P.S. – These are also exciting times for me as I have selected not only a title for my book, but also a cover. It is all still a work in progress and I am sure you are sick of me talking about it, but I want to document the process as a way to reflect and remember how it all came together, the process of writing a book from the beginning right to the end.

Lanterns Galore - 2015 Taiwan Lantern Festival
Lanterns Galore – 2015 Taiwan Lantern Festival

35 thoughts on “Kicking Doubt to the Curb – Learning to Use Windows Movie Maker

  1. Getting into movie editing programs is not that easy, I am using myself pinnacle studio for several years now and perhaps I might create at some point my own YouTube channel as I have plenty of China holiday movies / video clips I can cut out for the channel.
    I don’t really have any tips besides the usual: hang and do more with it as practice again again is the only way to improve 🙂

    1. You should. That is why I started. I have so many videos that just sit here on my computer. I thought I could learn a new skill and share my videos with others who are interested.

      And you are right!! Practice makes perfect is the key to everything.

  2. Ouch, that dental work sounds painful..and is making me want to put off my own because my wisdom tooth is encountering the same problem as you…:( anyway, that was a good one, perhaps some narration would be good to focus the attention on specific background? Good work on taking that step into video editing! Practice makes perfect! 🙂

    1. You shouldn’t postpone it. I did with my first and after several painful months, I finally gave in.

      Yes, you are right. Narration would be helpful as well. These videos were shot in March and I didn’t think I could add commentary in at a later date, but by the looks of it, I can. I just need to learn how to use that feature on Movie Maker.

      1. Yeah, I know that I cannot put it off for much longer…hopefully I can get to do it soon…:) And no worries, you can learn to do it step by step…:)

  3. Looking good, I’m keeping my eyes peeled.

    p/s Swelling on your gum – not sure if your dentist advise you to rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water. Salt is a natural disinfectant. I would do it couple of times a day

  4. Congratulations on teaching yourself to do Movie Maker. The result looks good to me. I see now that there’s no way to appreciate the lantern festival fully with still photography.

    I still have all four wisdom teeth. My dentist said I should look into having one of them removed, but I’ve been putting it off.

    1. Thanks, Nicki. And you are right – photography doesn’t do the festival justice. Hopefully, by the time next year’s festival rolls around, I will be a pro with making and editing movies [wishful thinking haha.]

      I am lucky to have a great dentist here. He studied in the States and he knows that I am a wimp, so he makes sure the process is pain free for me. He even numbs my gum with Oragel before he inserts the needle.

  5. The video looks fine! I don’t know how to edit videos myself, so can’t help much, haha. I meant to learn when I was unemployed but other things kept in the way…

    Uff I’m terrified of having teeth removed… I still have all of mine!

  6. That is so good and smart of you to teach yourself Windows Movie Maker. I’ve had a go at it once and it was mind boggling. I watched the video (minus sound because I am at work) and Iove it. It looks so smooth and I love the vibrant colours 🙂 Very excited to hear your book is moving along. Cannot wait to read it and I’m sure it will be a gripping read from start to finish.

    Take care post-wisdom tooth operation. Hope it doesn’t hurt too much and you can eat as per normal 🙂

    1. Yes, the festival has so much color. It is interesting seeing things from different perspectives.

      As for Movie Maker, I think it all comes with practice. It is amazing what you can do with a video using it – it is all pretty cool.

      My mouth seems to have healed nicely. It feels pretty normal now. I still have the stitches, but I get them out on Thursday.

      Hope all is well and I am really looking forward to knowing more about your book.

  7. I’ve had 2 of my wisdom teeth taken out and it was horrible. I had go to into surgery so I understand and feel your pain. I hope you are feeling better. And good for you, learning something new, movie maker, I hear is a good program to use.

  8. Well, I’m crap when it comes to video editing, so I can’t really give you any advice. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Practice makes perfect, right?

    Loved that lantern show by the way, maybe I should go out and see if we have anything going on over here.

  9. Between the wisdom tooth and the video making… looks like we’re going a similar way! (though I didn’t get my wisdom tooth out, but boy I need a dentist!)
    Well done on your use of movie maker! It’s a pretty complex system and a learning curve, I’m using the Adobe system and the more I try it, the more I learn and the more it feels complex but I think videos are a great thing to try! Hope you keep going that way and share more videos with us!

    1. Yay!! You guys are making videos, too! I bet you could make pretty awesome videos of China.

      I think it is like anything – you just got to practice. I was out and about today and shot some more videos. It is now my mission to compile them to make a better one than the last.

  10. I have a great video program – the only thing is, I’ve not figured out how to add music after I’ve made the video. You have inspired me to look at it again.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better now. Getting wisdom teeth removed is no fun.

  11. I recently started learning the video editing software on Macs (I don’t even remember what it’s called haha!). It’s not so bad once you get your feet wet. I always find it surprising how long it takes to edit a video though! But you never know until you try, right?

  12. I’ve wanted to edit videos, but I think about how hard it might be, and I discourage myself from trying it out. But you’ve inspired me to give it a shot! I enjoyed your first go at a video, and I hope to see more!

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