Clarify Technical Services - Tip #11

Creating a narrated slide show using Windows Live Movie Maker.

Applies to: Microsoft Live Movie Maker, All current versions.
Last updated: Sunday February 1, 2015


These are the instructions you will need in order to Create a narrated slide show using Windows Live Movie Maker.

What you will need and where to get it:

You will need to make sure you have Audacity as well as Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker.

Refer to tip #8 on my site for info and links to install Audacity. Tip #8 - Recording audio on your computer for free with Audacity.

Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker is part of the "Windows Essentials" package along with "Photo Gallery" "Live Mail" and "One Drive".

You can get the current version here:Windows Essentials .

Audio : Recording the narration using Audacity

I used Audacity to record the audio tracks for the narration. If you follow the information on "Tip 008" you will have a good foundation on how to record audio with Audacity. I have prepared a PDF file with some additional information on creating the multiple tracks for the slide narration.

You can download it here: narration_workflow.pdf (273 KB).

Video Part 1: Setting up the project, opening graphics and bringing in all the slides.

  • First we create the new HD video project as 16x9 aspect ration. and make sure to save it where we can find it
  • We organize all of our media files into a single folder so we can find them.
  • We create an openning segment using graphics, titles, and music.
  • Then we bring in the rest of the slides for the project.

  • Video Part 2: Adding the narration audio, closing graphics and credits, and rendering out the final video.

  • We extended the time for each slide to allow for all the narration
  • Then we added all of the narration audio files.
  • The length of time for each slide was adjusted to fit each accompanying audio file.
  • We added closing graphics, titles, and music.
  • Finally we rendered out the file as a 1080P Windows Media (.wmv) file.
  • The last step is to audition, or test, our output file and then upload it to YouTube.

  • Downloads, links, and the videos on YouTube.

  • Windows Essentials from
  • narration_workflow.pdf (273 KB).
  • Part 1 on YouTube .
  • Part 2 on YouTube .