Follow these steps to record your movie:
- Decide if you want to record a movie in real-time (based on your mouse and keyboard movements) or record a movie based on an existing tour.
- If you decide you want to record a tour first, follow these steps to draw a path and save it before recording your movie. Save your 'Places' by going to File > Save > Save My Places and then play through the entire tour at least once before proceeding.
- From the Tools menu, select Movie Maker. The Movie Maker dialog box appears.
- From the 'Supported Compression Formats' selector, choose the desired compression format for your movie. If you want to have a movie format other than WMV (Windows Media Video) or .mov (QuickTime), check the 'Advanced' checkbox and choose the format. If you choose another movie format, only standard AVI compression is available. Note that AVI formats are not compressed and therefore will result in large files.
- Select 'High Quality' or 'Standard Quality' as the movie quality.
- Choose the Frames Per Second (FPS) you desire for your movie. The highest FPS setting, '60', offers the smoothest movie viewing experience, but at the cost of a large file size. For instance, if you want to record a 800 x 600 movie at 60 FPS, you will not achieve the best results. In this case, choose a lower setting in order to produce a smaller file. The lower the FPS setting, the more jerky the movie will be. You'll want to find the best compromise between frame transition and file size. Typically, a setting of 30 works fairly well for movies that you want to provide over the Internet.
- Choose the resolution for your movie. You'll want to choose a resolution that is appropriate for your final movie display. For example, you might have a computer screen projector that only supports a 800 x 600 format. You can specify the following resolutions, which indicate the width and height of the movie in pixels:
Note - Recording time in high quality movies occurs very slowly, since each frame is fully processed before the next one is viewed.
- 320 x 240
- 640 x 480
- 800 x 600
- 720 x 480 (NTSC) - This setting works well with large screen displays.
- 720 x 576 (PAL)
- 1280x720 (HD)
- 1920x1080 (HD)
- Specify a name for your movie. Click on the Browse button and navigate to a location on your computer where you want to save the movie file when you are finished recording. Type in a name for the file in the file dialog box and click the OK button. Alternatively, you can select an existing movie file in the same format as the one you are about to create, and that file will be overwritten with the contents of your new recording.
- Click the Record Tour button. The button is available only after you enter a valid filename for your movie. When the movie begins recording, the Movie Maker dialog box appears below so you can visualize the recording of the movie.
- Either double-click your tour in your Places panel to play it, or use your keyboard and mouse to navigate the globe. All of your movements will be recorded.
When you've finished recording your movie, to stop recording, click the Stop Recording button in the Movie Maker dialog box. Once you finish recording your movie, you can open the movie file in a media player that supports the movie format you selected and play back the movie to view the results. If you are satisfied with the results, you can post the file to a local server or use it in a presentation.