Windows Movie Maker no longer exists. Instead, Microsoft Story has developed Remix. With this Windows 10 app you can make a fun video of your holiday photos or videos in a jiffy.
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Story Remix is not a separate program: you can find the function in the Photos app. You must have downloaded the Fall Creators Update from Windows 10 for this. In most cases, Windows will warn you that you can download the update for free. If this is not the case, go here and click Download utility now. You can see if you have the Fall Creators Update installed on your system if Start / Settings / System / Info behind Version number 1079.
Now open the Photos app. All your photos and videos are displayed and sorted by date. The app scans your photos and can automatically recognize certain things. For example, search for City or Portrait at the top and it’s likely that the app will display the right photos. You see that a new menu has been added with the name Create. Click it and choose the option Video-remix to create a new Story Remix. The next step is to select items that you want to add to your video.
3 Add items
Choose the photos or videos you want to use by clicking on the square at the top right. When you have finished selecting, choose Add. You can also change the view of your photos and videos by clicking on one of the three icons at the top. Story Remix now automatically makes a video of your items without you having to do anything. Play the video by pressing the play button if the app does not play it on its own.
Of course, you can now edit your video and put it to your own hand, but the nice thing about Story Remix is that you can also have the app submit a new proposal. To do this, click on the big blue button with the recycle icon. The order of the items is changed, the filter overall photos are adjusted and the music is also selected again. You can press the remix button as often as you want. If you want to go back to a previous remix, click Undo.
If you see a version that you like, it’s time to dive into editing options. Choose Edit video and a new window will open. At the top you can see the photos and videos that you have already added to your project. At the bottom you see the order of the items and at the top right you can play the end result. Story Remix calls these items clips. If you want to start all over again, you can choose Delete All under the video. You must now re-import all clips to your project.
6 Change order
At the bottom you see a timeline with all the individual clips. You can adjust the order by grabbing a photo and dragging it to another spot in your timeline. If you want to add an extra photo or video, click on Add photos at the top left. You can also change the size of the entire video. By default, widescreen is selected, but if you click on 16: 9 at the top, you can also choose 4: 3 for example. Choose Single make if you want your video in portrait mode.
You can change the entire theme of your video. This affects all filters, text styles and music. So, it is useful to first choose a theme before you edit individual clips. Click on Themes and choose one of the options below. Wait a few seconds and play your video to see what your remix looks like now. Ready? Then it’s time to customize your video to your own wishes. Every change starts by selecting one of the clips at the bottom.
8 Duration and cut
At the bottom of each photo or video you see how long it is shown in the final video. By default, it is 3 seconds, but you can also choose to display a clip shorter or longer. To do this, select the relevant photo or video and choose Duration. You have the choice of 1, 2, 3, 5 or 7 seconds, but you can also enter a value yourself. There is no limit to the duration of a view. If you have added a video file, the Duration button changes to Cut. Here you can determine the start and end point of your video.
Story Remix automatically adds a filter to your photo or video, but of course you can adjust that. You can find a lot of Instagram- like filters when you click on a clip and choose Filters. Choose one of the options on the right and you immediately see an example of how your photo or video looks with the chosen filter. If you are satisfied, click on Done at the top. Rest assured: you can always go back to a clip and adjust the filter.
It is possible to add a text per clip. Click on Text for this. In the next window, type your text at the top; it is immediately shown in the example on the left. You can also give a text an animation style. For this the clip must be longer than 2 seconds. You have a few options with different styles or fonts. Under Choose your layout you then decide where you want the text to appear. Click Done again to confirm your changes.
In your video example you have already seen that your photos are not displayed statically, but that Story Remix automatically added camera movements. You can choose a different camera movement per clip. To do this click on Movement. To the right now see the available options. For example, the option Pan to left shows that the camera moves slowly from right to left. An option such as Zoom in on center means that the camera zooms in on the center point of your photo.
12 3D effects
A nice feature is that you can add 3D effects to videos. Click on 3D effects and on the right, you will see an overview of all the effects that Story Remix offers. You can add multiple effects to a clip by clicking on the plus. To edit an effect, click on the pencil. Behind Volume you determine whether you want the effect to make a sound. With the buttons next to the square you can control how and where the effect will appear exactly. At the bottom you will find a slider with which you determine how long and where in your clip the effect pops up.
In the end, you can decide if you want to add music to your video or if you want to adjust the automatically added music. At the top, click Music and choose one of the standard music files by clicking on a music under Recommended. Press the play button to play the music file. You can also add a song from your own library by clicking on your music. Choose Done to add the music to the video.
Give your project a name by clicking on New video at the top and entering a name. If you are completely satisfied with your video, click on Export or share at the top. The app now gives you three options: S, M or L. For small videos you want to add to an email, you should ideally choose S but if you want to play your video on a big screen, you go for the option L. Wait a few seconds and the next screen shows the path where you can find the video on your hard drive. You can also immediately share your video from here.
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