A video and audio presentation is a great way to capture the attention of an audience, whether in a business meeting or in a classroom. When audio and video are combined in a presentation, the end result is very much like a movie. If you need to create your own video and audio presentation for an audience, you can do so using any standard video-editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker.
Download and install Windows Movie Maker to your computer if you do not already have video-editing software. Windows Movie Maker can be downloaded for free at popular software review site cnet (see Resources).
Capture video footage from a camcorder by plugging the camcorder into the computer with Firewire and choosing the "Import from Digital Video Camera" option under the "File" menu. If you do not have any original video footage to capture from a camcorder, you can download video from the Internet instead. To download video from any popular video site, such as YouTube, go to the video on YouTube and copy the URL from the address bar. Open ClipNabber or KeepVid in another window of your web browser and paste the URL into the URL box on the page (see Resources). Click the "Download" or "Nab Video" button and the video will be downloaded onto your hard drive.
Pull audio clips from your personal audio collection on your computer or download audio clips from the Internet as well. Many websites, such as Mediacollege, offer free downloadable sound effects, while MTV and Last.fm offer some free music downloads (see Resources).
Import video and audio clips that you want to use in your video and audio presentation into the video-editing program. The "Import Media" option in Movie Maker appears on the main page just below the menu bar.
Arrange the video clips on the video timeline. Add a clip to the video track by clicking on the clip thumbnail and dragging it down to the timeline, then dropping it into place. Add other video clips the same way.
Add audio to the project by clicking on an audio file and dragging it to the "Audio/Music" track of the timeline. To use more than one audio clip, add other clips after the first by dragging those to the timeline as well.
Go to the "File" menu and select "Publish Movie." Type in a name for the file when prompted and click "Publish" on the last screen of the publishing wizard. The video and audio presentation you created will be published as a video file.
- Windows Movie Maker is compatible with Windows operating systems only. If you need to build a video and audio presentation on a Mac, you can download Apple's standard iMovie video-editing software, which works in roughly the same way.
Items you will need
- Windows Movie Maker or similar video-editing program
- Camcorder with cable (optional)