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An alternative, - text effects with Windows Live Movie Maker to prepare

Editing multi-line text in text a separate contribution is tedious because of various defects (separate post coming soon).

In Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) is that much easier and faster. Also there are the same effects (not only text effect) available, as in NeroVideo.

WLMM project then convert to a Nero project (in expert mode) and display the effect tracks. Then, you can see the individual effects from which the effect is composed with the keyframe settings. You can modify then any single effect as you like (see screenshot).


The example was created with NeroVideo of Nero 12.5
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  • I tried using some left justified text in WLMM and then importing the project to Nero Video. I made a video from each. Screenshots coming up. It seems to me that fixing it is more work than starting in Nero Video. The effects in WLMM are not duplicated in Nero Video; they are replaced by "equivalents".
    The following Nero Video output was made from the WLMM project above without any revisions in Nero Video.
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  • 1. You must customize the effect completely in WLMM (size of the text area, font and font size, text justification etc.) before you convert (your example shows, that you have only used the default template and entered text.
    2. You must choose Expert Mode for konverting
    3. From case to case you have to customize then the effect a little bit, e.g. change font and fontsize and justification, because NV use its default settings for recreating the effect.

    Basically NV uses the multi-line static effect as base for the recreation of a text effect and complete it by adding the required sub-effects with their settings.

    In my example above I had only to change the font (from Ariel to Times New Roman and justification to left).

    Did this help ?
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  • I'm sorry hg-dude, but I guess I don't see any advantage. To each his/her own.
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  • That's your meaning. It seems, you have not many practice experience with editing resp. customizing effects in NV.

    Of course this is not of interest for users, who work only in Express Mode. But there are many others (also I), who like to give their creation a personal touch and for those people it is a big help if they can create a preiview of the effects ony simple way, and often they use that as pre-version.

    I, for example, have created mini-projects from nearly all effects (e.g. animations) which I use as reference before I start creating of an effect in NV and I avoid so a lot of trials.

    But as you said, it's each his/her own.
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  • Another example of the difficulties of starting in Windows Live Movie Maker:



    Same project interpreted by Nero 2014 Video. Background color gone; justification gone; positioning gone; attempting to fix it is a real task.

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  • As I mentioned above, NV has deficiencies in editing of multi-line text in an effect and therefore it does not convert WLMM projects correctly in this case, - in principle a bug of the Nero SW.
    As I said, NV uses the default settings for multi-line static text (justifying, size and postion of the text area etc.) which you must correct therefore.

    In this case it's not so a lot of work (see screenshot) if you do it in a logical sequence.
    Firstly left-justify the text. Then correct the size of the text area at 1. Copy the keyframe (or the settings), insert at 2. and correct 3. Then correct position of the text area in the display area. That's all.

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