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How to Add Effects in Windows Movie Maker

Softonic Editorial Team


Windows Movie Maker is great for putting together videos and pictures, but when you add effects, you can make your movies really stand out. Effects and transitions can transform an ordinary movie into an extraordinary movie in no time at all. Here’s how to add effects and transitions in Windows Movie Maker:

Adding Special Effects

When you’re ready to add visual effects to your movie, simply click on Visual Effects in the menu at the top of the screen. Once you’ve selected Visual Effects, you’ll be presented with all available options. To add an effect, just click on it to see it applied to your movie. If you want to add more than one effect, click on the Multiple Effects option located underneath the effects preview box. You’ll once again be presented with options and you can add additional effects by selecting them.

Removing and Reordering Special Effects

If you’ve found that you added an effect but you no longer want it applied, Windows Movie Maker makes it easy to remove specific effects. Just click on the Add or Remove Effects option and you’ll be presented with a box that shows you all of the effects you have currently applied. Select the effect you want to remove from the Displayed Effects list and click Remove. Here, you can also add effects from the Available Effects list, and you can also change the order in which the Displayed Effects are applied.

Adding Transition Effects

A transition in Windows Movie Maker is where a clip introduces itself to the viewer. In this process, you can do things like have the clip dissolve into the screen and other neat changes. To add a transition, click on the Animations tab in the main ribbon menu. Click on the transition you would like to apply. Once this is done, you’ll be presented with a a visual representation of where the transition begins and ends on the playback timeline. You can change the duration of the transition by clicking on Duration.

Here, you can also adjust the duration of the transition by telling Windows Movie Maker how many seconds you want the duration to be. Underneath the Duration Selection box, you can also choose to apply the transition and duration to all clips in your movie’s timeline. While this is easy and may save you some time, it will make all of your clips the same, so consider using different transitions for different clips.

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