Saturday, March 24, 2007

Custom Photo Album Title for Windows Movie Maker

Preview Photo Album Title OverlayHave you ever wanted to make your photos or videos look like they are part of a photo album? (See my sample album) If so, I've just created a custom title overlay that can be used in Windows Movie Maker. It makes it look like your photos or video are mounted in a photo album, with a white edge and notched photo corners.

Note: This title has been designed to work with either WMM 2.1 (XP) or WMM 6.0 (Vista) version of Movie Maker.

There are two installers depending on whether you are running on a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows. The installer will put the necessary files into, C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared.
Blaine's Photo Album Title (32-bit)
Blaine's Photo Album Title (64-bit)
To use the new title
  • Go to 'Tools' > 'Titles and Credits' > 'Title on the selected clip'.

  • Type the text you want to appear below the photo as a caption.

  • Click on 'change the title animation'.

  • Under your list of one line titles should be a new one called Photo Album

  • Pick 'Photo Album', then click 'Done'.

  • Stretch the title so that it extends for the length of your photo.

  • Repeat as needed for each photo or clip.

    1. thanks for excellent and USEFUL titles, mate

    2. Hi. Your customs rock! I had a question regarding the photo album title and a couple other's of yours. Is there a way of changing the code so that a font other than Monotype corsiva can be used?


    3. If you go to C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX you'll find the XML file. Copy that somewhere on your computer, then right-click and choose 'Edit'. Find the line regarding Monotype Corsive and change it or delete it. If no font is specified, you can pick your own in WMM. Then save the file and put it back in the AddOnTFX folder.

    4. okay, this is strange. I ended up just opening it up in notepad (still in the addontfx folder) and deleted the whole line with the font value in it. Saved and went back to moviemaker and now it's not showing up. I opened it up in notepad again and it placed the line back in there with font value, but it says "..Param name="Font" value= /.." (leaving out brackets so this will post). Because I didn't take the xml out of that folder and then edit it and then put it back, did that cause it to mess up and not work?

    5. oops, nevermind. I fixed it. I took the xml out of the folder, put back in the font style, saved and it worked. Then I took the xml out of the folder again and edited out the font value line and now it's working in moviemaker. Weird how you have to move out the xml files from the folder to edit them. I assumed you could work directly inside the folder.

      Thanks again - another question for ya. Do you plan to create any new titles/effects for XP users? I hope to not have to use Vista for a very long time. :-)

    6. Another question for ya. :-) If I wanted to allow the font size to go smaller or bigger, how would I edit that code? I tried deleting out the fontsize line, but it didn't help it.

    7. Try removing the 'ResizeTechnique' parameter. I think it is set to keep the same vertical height regardless.

      If you want to learn more about the parameters, go to and read the section on Custom Titles > Parameters.

    8. Excellent overlay! I was hopping to make this a two line overlay. Any suggestions?

    9. OMG.. This overlay is excellent, this is what I need to create a family reunion dvd. Thank you!!

    10. Thanks so much. Didn't end up using it today, but I certainly will in the future.

    11. anybody can help me? how to add a picture on top of the selected clip, without stop the video, using windows movie maker for XP 2.x?

      1. @Jonsa, please ask this question at the Windows Movie Makers (.net) forums instead. There's a link to the right of my blog under Links.

    12. Thank you for giving away all these brilliant effects and transitions. My family slideshows have brought lots of joy and your efforts made it so much easier.