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Movie Maker: An easy way
to put titles on your video backgrounds

How can I put my title on top of a movie or video inside of PowerPoint?
You can purchase expensive plug-ins and hope they are reliable or you can use a simple tool from Microsoft...Movie Maker.

You may not even know there is a free, easy to use, drag and drop editing system for your Windows computer that works great with PowerPoint.   If you have Windows XP service pack 2, it is probably already installed on your computer.

Movie Maker is a free tool from Microsoft. You can find additional information about it here:
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Movie Maker has a simple wizard interface that will help you put a title on top of a movie  for your PowerPoint presentation in just a few minutes. To begin this tutorial, open Movie Maker - the default installation is C:Program Files\Movie Maker.


Import Your Video

Look in the Movie Tasks on the left of your screen under 1. Capture Video.  Select Import Video.

You’ll see the familiar Import File palette. Just select the file you want and click Import.

Just drag the movie icon down to the video section of the timeline at the bottom of the screen. (The movie will appear in the preview screen on the right when you do this.)
If you wish, you can drag multiple copies of the movie or insert other media on the time line now too.

capture video
import vidoe
video on the timeline


Add Your Title

Go back to the Movie Tasks list and select “Make titles or credits”. You will enter the text and modify the appearance in this step.

add titles to videos

TEXT: First, choose “Add title on the selected clip in the timeline”.  This will place your text on top of the animation.   Next, choose a single title line or also include a subtitle.  Type in the wording you want.

titles over videos insert titles on powerpoint videos

APPEARANCE: Now you can modify the font size, color, transparency if you wish. When you are finished, select the animation style you want for the title. The default is Fade In and Out.  You can try out the choices and see them preview on the media player.  (Your inserted movie will not be shown until you have committed your changes.)

adjust title fonts
titles over video

COMMIT:  When your editing is complete, click Done.  You will see the Title Overlay has been populated at the bottom of the timeline.  Drag the bar handles to the same length as your movie.

edit titles over powerpoint video


Save Your Movie

The Movie Maker wizard will walk you through the process. Just start with File/Save and follow the easy steps.

Choose Save to your Computer, select a location to save. Remember, you will need to have the movie in the same folder as your presentation.

save videos for presentations
save movies

Next you will select he quality of the file. We suggest using the PowerFinish profile included iwht your Video Background download.  See how to install a new profile here. If you do not have this profile, choose default “Best Quality” for your presentation.
You will see a screen that shows you the progress. When the process is complete, you will get a success notice and be able to view the finished movie.

save movie wizard

Don’t forget to save your project if you want to experiment with other wording, animations or colors.

Now all you have to do is insert the movie into your PowerPoint presentation.

Movie Maker uses a wide variety of common movie files, including:
PowerFinish™ Video Backgrounds are provided in the most reliable file format for presentations in PowerPoint -  .WMV.

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