35 About the Timeline and Storyboard

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Before You Begin

18 Start a Movie Maker Project

28 About Movie Maker's Storyboard

31 Play Your Video on the Storyboard

See Also

36 Place a Clip on the Timeline

48 Add a Soundtrack to Your Video

Movie Maker's timeline and storyboard are similar in use and format. Yet, despite these similarities, you should know the difference between them, because each offers distinct advantages over the other.

Although the previous chapter covers the storyboard in depth ( see 28 About Movie Maker's Storyboard ), it's critical that you fully understand how the storyboard and timeline both work in conjunction with each other to display two different kinds of information for you. When you place clips on the storyboard, those clips also appear on the timeline. If you place clips on the timeline, the storyboard also receives the clips.

The following are the primary differences between a storyboard and a timeline:

  • The storyboard shows a thumbnail image of the clip's first frame. Therefore, when you look at the storyboard, you can easily tell which clip is which from the picture shown on the storyboard. The sequence of your video production is also clear from those images. Only video clips and any transitions that might appear between them appear on the storyboard; no audio clips can reside on the storyboard.

    Only the storyboard appears here; it shows video clips and transitions but no audio.




    Transition track ” The transition effect, if any exists, between clips.

    Audio track ” The audio imported or captured with your video.

    Audio/Music track ” Audio you add to your project after you import or capture video and the audio that goes with it.

    Title Overlay track ” Titles and credits you add to your project's timeline.

  • The timeline is concerned more with time and less with sequence. Use the timeline to measure the length of your project's clips as you place them into your final project. The timeline displays your project's video clips on the Video track (depending on the clip's length, you will see some or all of the thumbnail for that clip). The timeline also shows transitions between clips on the Transition track , your project's Audio track , the Audio/Music track , and the Title Overlay track .

The timeline shows video clips, transitions between clips (Transition track), the video's audio (the Audio track), audio clips you've added (the Audio/Music track), and titles or credits you've added (the Title Overlay track).


You will frequently use both the Movie Maker storyboard and timeline, and you'll quickly switch between both views as you work on a project by pressing Ctrl+T or by clicking the Show Storyboard and Show Timeline buttons . The immediate difference between these two display areas is that the storyboard has less clutter and eases your job of arranging the clip order. You'll use the timeline to adjust the visual width of a clip's thumbnail to match its length. If a clip is short, you might not be able to see much of the first clip's thumbnail image on the timeline, but you will always see the image on the storyboard.

The storyboard enables you to manage the sequence of clips. The timeline enables you to manage the clips' timing.

The timeline shows far more details than the storyboard by displaying the Video, Audio, Audio/Music, Transition , and Title Overlay tracks for your movie. The timeline also enables you to see how each clip fits within the time frame of the movie.



Click the plus sign on the Video track to display your project's Transition and Audio tracks. The plus changes to a minus sign that you can click to hide the Transition and Audio tracks.

Many references in Movie Maker's help files and related literature describe both the storyboard and the timeline as a single unit, as in storyboard/timeline . When presented as storyboard/timeline, a related command applies to either area, regardless of which one is showing at the time.

After you've dragged one or more clips to your Movie Maker storyboard/timeline, you have begun a Movie Maker project.

A project has begun because there are clips on the storyboard.

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Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap
Digital Video with Windows XP in a Snap
ISBN: 0672325691
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 169
Authors: Greg Perry

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