Friday, July 27, 2012

Wow! Title Variations for Movie Maker

It was recently brought to my attention that the "Wow!" title animation in Windows Movie Maker will randomly choose the angle of the words. After a bit of snooping, I discovered there is a parameter to control this angle. As a result I decided to create this pack of Wow! Title variations so you can decide the angle (even upside down!)

Note: These titles will work in WMM 2.1 (XP) and WMM 6.0 (Vista/Win7). I've provided XML for both versions in the installers.

Here's a sample video to help you visualize the titles.

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 Wow Titles (32-bit)
Blaine's Wow Titles (64-bit)
There are 4 different variations, but feel free to examine to XML to make your own variants. To use one of the new titles:
Go to 'Tools' > 'Titles and Credits' > 'Title on the selected clip'.
Type your text in the first box.
Click on 'change the title animation'.
Under your list of one line titles, pick the desired variant:

  • Wow! Tilt Up
  • Wow! Tilt Down
  • Wow! Straight
  • Wow! Upside-down

  • As with other titles, you can change the font, background color and other styling attributes. Finally, click 'Done'.
    Adjust the title duration by shrinking/stretching the rectangle on the Title Overlay track.


    1. Wow! ;P

      Thanks for doing this. I'll have to play with these.

    2. Great job !
      Do you know if there is a way to control the perspective angle in Scroll Perspective title effect, to make it closer to a "Star Wars" opening crawl ?

      1. Unfortunately the angle is not configurable. It is hard-coded by Microsoft into the title animation. In WMM 2.x (XP) it was steeper, more like Star Wars but in WMM 6.0 (Vista) they made it much less severe; I wish they hadn't changed it.