On Sun, 16 Sep 2007 09:10:02 -0700, Susan
>Hello, I am trying to make very simple movies with Movie Maker that came with
>Windows Vista. I can create a movie in the time line just fine. However, if
>I go to Storyboard and try to add Transitions, my computer completely shuts
>down. I am extremely computer illeterate, and I can't get Microsoft to help
>without paying a bunch of money. Is there anything I can do on my own.
>(Please write like I am totally ignorant because I am in this area) From
>some of the things I have read, I am assuming it might have something to do
>with codecs, which I really don't know anything about. Please help!
A CODEC is just an acronym for Coder-Decoder. In order for Media
Player, Movie Maker or any application to play or work on a video it
first must bring the file into memory then decompress it. When you
make a movie the opposite happens, the file gets compressed. Something
called bitrate determines how much the file is compressed. The higher
the bitrate the better the quality of the output but the file size
will also grow proportionally. The terms coding and decoding are
interchangeable with coder/decoder and compressing and decompressing
where you're discussing video.
You can add transitions while in timeline mode too, just drag and drop
between two videos or two images.
A LOT of people have reported Movie Maker hanging when dropping or
adding effects or transition. While I don't use Movie Maker, just for
kicks I dropped every single last transition Movie Maker has on a
series of photos just as an experiment and they all took with the
movie playing flawlessly. That suggested the problem lies with a
missing/damaged codec or there is something on your system that is
preventing Movie Maker from working correctly.
One quick thing to try is in Movie Maker click on Tools/Options then
press the restore default button which should de associate any foreign
codecs that Movie Maker is too dumb to know what to do with that may
be on your system.