Dec 212011

At this time of Christmas the “reason for the season” can get lost. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has produced a series of short videos to help us regain our focus. It seems to me that this would make a great activity for families to do together on Christmas Eve, but some of us don’t want to huddle around the computer screen. If you follow my directions you will end up with a DVD of the videos that you can watch on your big screen. I’ll try to make this a simple as possible, and I think you should be able to get it all done.

1 – Install the Free Movie maker from Microsoft by clicking here. You can either click “Run” or save the installer to your hard drive and then execute it from there. When you run the installer it will offer to install about 8 different programs. For this exercise you only need the Movie Maker, but you can install anything you want. If you already have the latest movie maker installed you can skip this step.

2 – Download all the videos from by clicking here. You will see six video links. Click each one and then look for the “Download” link on the right below the video player. Right click each link, choose “Save target” (or similar) and save them all to the same folder on your computer. Pick one you can find later.

3- Start Windows Live Movie Maker. In the upper left corner you will see a link called “Add Videos and Photos.” Click it and navigate to the folder where you saved your downloaded videos. Hold the control key and click all six of them and then click open. This should add all six to the project and the video player should now show 00:00:00/21:45:00 in the lower left hand corner.

4 – Click “Project” in the tool bar and choose widescreen.

5 – Put a blank disc in the drive. You can use a DVD or a CD, but I would use a DVD if you have one as they will work in more devices.

6 – Back in Movie Maker you will see a little icon just the right of the Home tab that looks like a menu with an arrow pointing down. When you click it the menu should expand. You will see an option that says “Save Movie” with an arrow pointing the the right. When you hover your mouse above that you will see “Burn DVD.” Movie Maker will then prompt you to save the move (doesn’t matter what it is called or where you save it) and then save the movie to your hard drive.

7 – Once the movie has been saved you will see a program called Windows DVD Maker. You should click “Next” and the “Burn” so that it will do the actual burning of the DVD.

8 – Put the disc in your DVD player and see if it worked. 🙂

Let me know if you have questions. I think this will work for most of you, but there may be some tweaks needed.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

 Posted by at 2:42 pm