Sunday, June 19, 2011

Custom Camcorder Overlay Title for Windows Movie Maker

Preview Camcorder Title OverlayI thought it would be fun to create an overlay that would look like you were recording through a camcorder. The overlay has a battery icon, a red recording symbol and the word 'REC' which flashes in the corner. As you can see from the sample video, I've created widescreen (16:9) and fullscreen (4:3) versions.

Note: These titles will work in WMM 2.1 (XP) and WMM 6.0 (Vista). I've provided XML for both versions in the installers.

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 Camcorder Overlay Title (32-bit)
Blaine's Camcorder Overlay Title (64-bit)
To use the new title:
Go to 'Tools' > 'Titles and Credits' > 'Title on the selected clip'.
Click on 'change the title animation'.
Under your list of one line titles should be two titles:
  • Camcorder Overlay (16:9)

  • Camcorder Overlay (4:3)

  • Choose the one that matches your project, then click 'Done'.
    Stretch the title so that it extends for the length of your video.