37 replies on How To Add Titles, Captions And Credits In Windows Movie Maker

  1. Steve says:

    I have been looking everywhere to add 2 seperate lines of text at the start of the movie after reading that this was possible in previous versions – is it still possible in 2011 to do so without having them seperate where they go from one to another?

    Also is there a way to make say a web address clickable in the movie?

    Many thanks

    • Jack says:

      HI Steve – unfortunately, you can only use one text element at a time. And I don’t believe you can add clickable elements either. Is this for YouTube? I think you can add annotations afterwards if you are uploading to YouTube.

  2. A.S. says:

    When you 1st start own home-movie, you click title button and make your movie title, can you later use the Title button again after you put in a picture and or a video and use Text again and again and again?

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      A movie has one title. Not many titles. You set a title, you can change it but you cannot have multiple titles.

      • Anonymous says:

        So what you are saying I can’t in any way add Text before or after a picture or video like the old Windows Movie Maker could.
        In the old Windows Movie Maker you could add Text before or after a Picture or video

        • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

          Both of us have misread the tutorial. Unfortunately I am not that familiar with Windows Live Movie Maker. If you look in the ending section, there’s a screenshot saying with big letters that: you can add as many titles and credits as you want. Check out the second part of the tutorial in more detail.

  3. Barb says:

    Is there a way to connect a caption to a photo so it doesn’t shift when additional pictures or captions are added later on? I find that if I add a new photo and caption, all the following photos and captions shift. Is there any way to stop this from happening?

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      I am not sure why you don’t think this behavior normal. When you insert a new picture, room must be made for, so others shift into a different order. However, you can move your newly inserted picture to the spot where you want it to be.

      Maybe I do not understand very well the point you are trying to make…

      • Lynn Munger says:

        She is saying that the text she wants on the particular photo doesn’t stay with that photo. The text moves around when it should stay with the frame it was intended to be on. This is driving me nuts. I have to keep re-positioning it! Does anyone have any idea! Of course, the frames shift to make room for new ones. But the text that was intended for a particular frame should stay with it, not move onto another graphic. Drive me nuts. Microsoft typical, full of bugs.

        • Laurie says:

          I have had this same problem. All of my captions slid over one picture after I added a title slide. Is there a quick fix for this?

          • Nancy says:

            Has anyone found a solution to this? I just realized this happened to me and I am at my deadline. If I have to go and manually fix each of my 248 slides, it is going to make me late! Thank you!

          • Karen says:

            yes I need this solution too – gone grey and driven to drink!!

          • Ching says:

            I’ve the same problem and it drives me crazy. Not only that. When I added music, some captions disappeared or they are there, but you don’t see them. I see that Microsoft has not replied to Nancy’s question from months ago. Isn’t anyone reading these messages?

          • Deb says:

            I am having the same problem. It’s driving me crazy too! I do not have time to keep repositioning the titles & captions I put in. Help please.

          • Larry says:

            has any one found a way to anchor the text to a photo or clip?

  4. Kachuu says:

    I cant seem to get the drop down box form credits and such. Is my MM wrong?

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Make sure you run Movie Maker in a maximized window, as big as your screen. If its window is smaller, it has the tendency to hide some buttons or make them smaller/less visible, so that they fit into the window.

  5. Allan says:

    What a great tutorial you have made I will definitely be returning.
    My only criticism for Windows Movie Maker is the lack of being able to put in clickable links. This is a feature that is really needed.


  6. terry says:

    This was very helpful. Thank you so much!

  7. claire says:

    I want to add animations to my slide but want to keep the slide duration 5.00. How do I do that?

    • Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      This application cannot be used to make slides and presentations. Microsoft Office Powerpoint is the tool appropriate for creating such documents.

  8. Laurie says:

    I have scrolling text in a text box throughout my video. It is formatted to be centered. When I try to widen the text box itself because not many words fit on a line, I am able to drag the box larger but MM keeps reverting it back to the default size which is quite narrow. Any ideas?

  9. Carl says:

    This problem is driving me insane, please help.
    On a few of my captions, I made a few typo errors but I already saved the project and then burned it to dvd. Once I noticed the mistakes that I had made, I went back onto the project and edited the captions. Then saved the project then burned the dvd again. BUT all the captions remained wrong….
    On the saved project it is correct but as soon as you save or burn it it is wrong. I am losing the will. Please can somebody help me.

  10. david says:

    Hi, I have saved my movie – but it now wont let me edit my captions. They appear in my movie but have disappeared from underneath. Does anyone know the answer to be able to edit them again

  11. Allen Rosenston says:

    Is there a way to set a default text size and picture duration in Movie Maker? The default is now 24 and 7 seconds. I want 16 and 4 seconds.

  12. Mayank Vahia says:

    I am making a movie from 1600 slides. Is it possible to add the slide number to each frame?

  13. Melody says:

    Oh my gosh this is driving me insane. I have a caption set to be centered in the middle of the screen, but when I play back the preview the caption is off to the side of the screen with half of it cut off. I keep re-positioning it but it does nothing. I’m used to WLMM having inconvenient glitches like this but usually there would be a trick to get around them. Seriously considering paying for a video editor that does what it’s supposed to.

    • Lynn Munger says:

      Isn’t it crazy!? Drives me nuts. I guess that’s why it’s free. Hope you can find something and not break the bank!

  14. DR. WAYNE says:

    I select my JPEGs then select three tunes, then sync tunes with JPEGs then do the title, directed by, etc. HOWEVER, when the show is uploaded to Youtube, the ‘Directed By’ is not shown. It disappears from the pre-uploaded file after I finish the upload to YouTube. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM … all other elements of the show are fine … just the directed by titling ???????

  15. John says:

    I wonder if anyone can help. I have downloaded the latest version of WMM for Windows 7. I have loaded the movie I am currently working on. At the end of the video, over a static jpeg background, I have put some captions in with a slow zoom effect, but now the text doesn’t zoom centrally, some of the text goes off the bottom of the screen…. Any ideas??

  16. ivy says:

    how to make captions in seperate two colours?Thank you?

  17. Phoebe says:

    When you add a caption, there are multiple text effects. Is it possible to change the colour of the contemporary text effects? The original one only has blue and brownish colours.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I’ve created and saved a video using Movie Maker. I know need to change some captions and can’t find how to do so. It appears when I saved the file the captions became part of the video and no longer editable. Help!

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  20. Kasia says:

    When I’m adding a ‘flying in’ text effect or any other text effect to my caption it always makes the caption disappear at the end. Even if i make the text duration longer, when the text effect wears off it makes the text disappear all together. Is there anyway to stop this and keep the text in place after the effect ‘wears off’ ?

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