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About Kim

Kimberly Grandal, Founder
and Executive Director of Re-
Creative Resources, Inc., is a
strong advocate for the field of
Therapeutic Recreation and
Activities, with over fifteen
years of experience working
with the elderly in numerous
management and consultant
positions.  She is an Activity
Consultant Certified and a
Certified Therapeutic
Recreation Specialist. Kim is a
member of the New Jersey
Activity Professionals
Association and the New
Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania
Therapeutic Recreation

In 1990, Kim graduated from
William Paterson University
with a BA in Sociology and
later studied gerontology
courses at Union County
College and Therapeutic
Recreation courses at Kean
University. Throughout her
career, Kim has been the
Director of Therapeutic
Recreation for several long-
term care facilities, including
one of NJ’s largest.

In 2006, Kim founded Re-
Creative Resources Inc. She is
a speaker for various state and
local activity associations such
as NJAPA, MOCAP, and
NJACA, as well as the Society
of Licensed Nursing Home
Administrators of NJ. She also
offers lectures for Re-Creative
Resources Inc., local colleges,
and community groups, and
provides consultation and
support to numerous facilities
in the state.

Kim is the editor and writer for
the “The Rec-Room", a
monthly newsletter published
by her company. In addition,
she writes monthly articles for
the Activity Directors Office
newsletter, and has contributed
articles to Creative Forecasting
Magazine, and The
Continuing Care Insite

Kim is a recipient of the
Kessler Institute of
Rehabilitation 1997 Triumph
of the Human Spirit Award.  
Her passion is to promote the
field of Therapeutic
Recreation and Activities and
to unite Recreation Therapists
and Activity Professionals. Kim
currently serves on the NJAPA
board as the Chairperson for
the Legislation Committee.
Resources Inc.

Re-Creative Resources, Inc. is
committed to enhancing the
lives of long-term care
residents through the use of
Therapeutic Recreation. We
provide a variety of services
such as Therapeutic
Recreation seminars,
in-services, resources, form
development, program analysis
and development,
consultation, and support for
activity professionals and
recreational therapists. A
selection of downloadable
training materials and forms
are available for your
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How to Make Digital Picture Videos
Using Windows Movie Maker (XP)
By Kimberly Grandal, CTRS, ACC/EDU

I just returned from presenting at the 2011 NCCAP Symposium in Kentucky where I
taught how to make digital picture movies using the Windows Movie Maker program.
Below is an excerpt of the session. For a complete downloadable handout that includes
screen shots and resources, visit

Why Make Digital Picture Movies?
•        One of the major topics discussed at the State of the Activity Profession Call for
Action Meeting was marketing and advocacy for activities. Utilizing movies and
promoting on social network sites such as You Tube is a great marketing strategy for
the profession as a whole.
•        Digital movies are also great for in-services, presentations, and promotion of
activities within the facility.
•        In addition, you can use Windows Movie Maker to make movies for the residents
such as family movies, resident activities, special events, video autobiographies,
leisure education, etc.
Precaution: Be sure that you have permission to use all pictures and music in your
video, especially if you are planning on uploading the video to You tube or any other
public forum.
Windows Movie Maker Overview

Windows Movie Maker (WMM) is a video creating/editing software application, included
in Microsoft Windows Me, XP, and Vista. It contains features such as effects, transitions,
titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. WMM also has a basic
audio track editing program which includes a fade in/out option. The audio tracks can
also be clipped to various lengths and even exported in the form of a sound file instead
of a video file.
The design is straight forward and pretty easy to use, although tedious at times. The
layout consists of a storyboard view and a timeline view, an area in which you gather
music, pictures, and video clips, and the preview pane where you can view your video.
Windows XP and Vista have various effects, although Vista has a greater variety. A drag
and drop application is utilized. Titles and credits can be added to your movie in a
variety of ways and there are several title animations, fonts, colors and styles to choose
from. Depending on what version of WMM you have and what other type of software you
have on your computer, you can save movies to computer, CD, DVD, send in an email,
For creating digital movies, you will need the following: Microsoft Windows XP or Vista,
Windows Movie Maker 2 or later (part of Windows XP Service Pack 2 upgrade), digital
photos located in your My Pictures folder, digital music located in your My Music folder
and some creativity, time and patience.

Instructions for Making a Digital Movie

.Let’s Begin
Click the Start button, point to All Programs, and then click Windows Movie Maker. Once
WMM is open,
Get to know the Panes. (Menu bar, Tasks pane, Storyboard/timeline, Preview monitor,
Contents pane). The collections file is where you store your content for a specific project
so that you can return to it another time for further editing. Be sure to SAVE Project As
and name your movie.

2.        Importing Pictures
In the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, click Import pictures,  and select the
photos you want to use from your my Pictures folder. If you are using photos from
multiple folders within My Pictures, repeat this step until you have imported all of the
pictures you plan to use for your movie. I highly recommend that you name the pictures,
rather than use the 001,002, etc. numbers provided. It’s not necessary but if you are
creating a lengthy video it is much easier to keep track of the pictures you are utilizing.
You also have the option of importing video clips but we will not be covering that in this

   3. Importing Music
In the Movie Tasks pane, under Capture Video, click Import audio or music, and select
the music file you are going to use from your My Music folder. The Contents pane
displays the photo and music files that have been selected.

4.        Adding Pictures to the Storyboard
The area at the bottom of the Windows Movie Maker window is the storyboard, where
you arrange your photos. Click and drag a photo from the contents pane to the boxes in
the storyboard. Continue to add photos to the storyboard in the order you would like
them to appear in your movie. If you want to move a photo within the storyboard, click the
photo, and drag it to a new position.

5.        Adding Transitions
Putting in transitions between pictures and titles can give your movie a nice flow and
some additional visual interest. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click View
video transitions. In the Contents pane, click and drag transitions into the storyboard,
placing them between your photos. You can also change the transitions speed by
clicking on Tools from the menu, Options, and Advanced. Here you can select a
transition speed and also change the picture duration to desired seconds.

6.       Making Titles
Title at the Beginning: In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make titles or
credits to add a title to your movie, and then click Add title at the beginning of the movie.
Type your title, and then click Done, add title to movie. You can also add titles to “title
before the selected clip”, “title on the selected clip”, “title after the selected clip” or
“credits at the end”.         
The title you created appears in the first position of the storyboard. There are quite a few
animations you can add to your movie title. Simply click on various animations to see if
it suits your movie. To change the title font or color, click on Change text font and color,
select your desired color, font, size and position and click Done, add title to movie. If you
decide you want to change the animation of the title or text, font, colors, the text, etc. after
you have already added the title, you will need to go to the Timeline pane and double
click the title you’d like to alter. This will bring up the title options.
Title on Selected Clip
To add a title to a selected clip, simply click Add  title on selected clip. You can do the
same for Add title after selected clip. The process is the same as adding a title at the
beginning except that you are adding the title in different locations of the movie.

7.        Timeline View
In the toolbar located above the storyboard, click Show Timeline to change the view of
your workspace to a timeline. The timeline view is where you can change the duration of
a pictures, trim music, change titles and basically see how your whole movie looks
according to a timeline. To go back to the storyboard, click on Show Storyboard.

8.       Change duration of picture.
In the timeline view, click the end of the pictures that you would like to
have it play longer or shorter. Drag the line to the right for the pictures to play longer or to
the left to decrease its play time.

9        . Adding Music or Sound
To add music to the project, click and drag your music file from the Contents pane to the
Audio/Music track in the timeline. Be sure the music file is positioned all the way to the
left end of the Audio/Music track. With the music file in position, you can adjust the
music to end where your pictures end and add a fade-out effect to the music (if you like).
Click the end of your music file, and drag it to align with the end of your last photo. Next,
right-click the music file, and click Fade In or Fade Out, if desired. You can also add
audio, such as a narration or live singing/music, by using the microphone feature.

10.          Adding Video Effects (Special Effects)
Add some flair to your movie by using the Video Effects feature. In the Movie task pane,
click on View video effects to view the selection of effects to choose from. Click on the
effect you like and drag it to the picture on the storyboard, you would like to add it to. A
shaded blue star will indicate you have added an effect to a particular picture. You can
add more than one effect to a picture. To change the effect(s), change the order of the
effects or delete it from the picture, right click on the blue star located in the bottom right
of the picture (in the storyboard view). Click on delete effect if you want to delete the
effect, or click Video Effects to add or remove effects.

   11.          Adding Credits at the End of the Movie
The final step to create your movie is adding the credits to the end, just like a real
movie. Credits are created in the same way as titles, except they are added to the end of
the timeline. In the Movie Tasks pane, under Edit Movie, click Make titles or credits to
add a credit to your movie, and then click Add credits at the end of the movie. Type your
credits, and then click Done, add credits to movie. The credits you created will appear in
the last position of the storyboard.

12.        Preview and Save
Before you save your movie, you can preview it by using the controls in the preview
monitor. The controls are similar to any video viewing screen. Once you're satisfied with
your movie, save your project file by clicking Save Project on the File menu.

13.        Saving Your Movie
In the Movie Tasks pane under Finish Movie, click Save to my computer to start the Save
Movie Wizard.
Type a name for your movie. By default, Movie Maker saves the movie file to the My
Videos folder; click Browse if you want to change the location. Then, click Next. You also
have options to save it to a CD, send in email, etc. Depending on what type of software
you have you may be able to save it to a DVD for viewing on a DVD player. WMM XP
does not have this feature but WMM Vista does.

14.          Movie Setting/Quality
On the Movie Setting page, Best quality for playback on my computer (recommended) is
selected by default.  This setting is also good for burning the movie to a CD.  To review
and change settings for the way your movie will be created, click Show more choices .
Then click other settings. For example, if you plan to send your movie by e-mail, you can
choose Video for broadband, Video for ISDN, or Video for dial-up access to best match
the Internet access speed of those you are sending the movie to.

15.          Finishing Your Movie
When you've made your selection, click Next. Movie Maker begins to save your final
movie file. When Movie Maker is done, click Finish, and you're done.

16.         AutoMovie
For a really quick movie, you can use the AutoMovie Wizard. This wizard will evaluate the
pictures and music and put together your movie for you. You have very little editing
options this way. Music may be clipped in a strange place or some of your favorite
pictures may not be included. But for a simple, quick movie, this is a great option. Click
Tools and select AutoMovie . You will be shown a few options. Make your selection and
click done.

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