I have explained this numerous times, but it’s still not getting through, and it’s really got to. We cannot continue pushing back so many presentations to the next due date. (One class is up to SIX people per session for the rest of the term. This is going to be tricky, and CANNOT swell more.)

The file you’re working on, when you’re working in MovieMaker, will ONLY open in MovieMaker. And it will only look “right”–as it did on your computer–when it’s in MovieMaker on the same computer as the folder of all the “stuff” (pictures, sounds, songs, etc.) you used to build the movie.

SO: when you are ready to show this elsewhere, and you want it to just play–not be editable, not show all the behind the scenes stuff–YOU HAVE TO EXPORT THE FILE and save it as a different file type, one that DOESN’T require Windows MovieMaker (or iMovie) to run. You’ll end up, then, with two files: the original “raw” file (which you can go back to and edit) and a non-editable file that will play in any movie playing program.

Here is how to do that in Windows Live MovieMaker:

(Please note: the button he’s showing you to export to YouTube? There’s also buttons to send it other places, like email, or Facebook, right there by it…)

Here’s how to do this in the older version, simply called Windows MovieMaker.

And here’s how to do it in iMovie ’11.

One warning: this is NOT a quick process.


update 4/25:

Some of you (and MANY users I found griping about this same problem online) have reported trouble with the export to YouTube function in Windows Live MovieMaker. Here’s the workaround:

  • in the top right area of the toolbar, beside the YouTube and Facebook buttons, there should be a little disc, labeled “save move.” Click this.
  • A new window will pop up, asking how (what size, etc.) you want to save the video. I generally just choose whatever is recommended, and click through to the end of this sequence.
  • Pay attention to where the video is saved TO–you’re going to have to go retrieve this final in a minute. (Generally, but not always, it winds up under “my videos,” a folder insider your “my documents” folder.)
  • Once you’re done, you should now have TWO different versions (really, filetypes) of your video–the wlmp file, which only works in MovieMaker, and a wmv file, which can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, burned to cd, transferred to flash drive, etc. etc. etc. Locate the .wmv file. Go to YouTube. If you don’t have an account, set on up now, and log in. Click on your username (top right corner of webpage) and then “video manager.” This should take you to a screen through which you’ll upload that file! (Here’s a video on how to upload, in case it helps.)

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