Playing your movie

on Monday, February 4, 2008

After your movie has been exported, playing it is pretty easy. Simply locate the file on your hard disk and double-click its name. The movie should automatically open and start to play. If you exported your movie from Windows Movie Maker, the movie file will be in Windows Media (WMV) format.

Despite the name, you don’t have to be a Windows user to view Windows Media video. You do need Windows Media Player to view Windows Media files, but Microsoft offers a version of Windows Media Player for Macintosh. Movies created on a Mac are also cross-platform-friendly. iMovie outputs videos in Apple QuickTime format, and Windows versions of QuickTime have been available for years.

After you have previewed your movie, you can either share it with others or edit it some more. I usually go through the preview and re-edit process dozens of times before I decide that a movie project is ready for release, but thanks to digital video, re-editing is no problem at all.