Okay, do you have XP? If so, do you have service pack 2? If you do not, get SP2; there is a slight update to movie maker that is included with SP2. If you have that, here are some things to know:
-WMM eats up CPU like you wouldn't believe!!!
You have to be patient
-WMM has several phases to saving a movie; first, it has to render the movie (combine the video clips with the transitions, adds the audio); then
it saves. The rendering phase is what makes your compy lag!!
I have WMM; I like to make AMVs (Anime Music Videos
). Here is what I did on my laptop:
After I saved the project file, I took out the audio, and saved the movie in stages. For example, I cut out all but the first minute of the movie, then saved it as its own movie file; then, I reopened the project file, and cut out the first minute and the last minute, leaving the second minute, then saved that as a movie; I then reopened the project file again
and deleted all but the last minute (and odd seconds) and saved that as a movie. After that, you reopen all three movies, and put them in the proper order, save that as a different project file, add the audio (if you have any) then, finally
, save it as a movie. When I did this, it only took about ten-twenty minutes to save!!!!
That's because by saving it in parts, I cut down on the rendering it needed to do, and it took up a lot less CPU!!
Anyway, that is what worked for me. If you still have questions or issues, here is a great site that helped me:http://www.papajohn.org/MM2-Online-Tutorials.html
Hope that helps!!