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Windows 7: how to change background colour in video slides

14 Feb 2012   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
No disrespect taken.
I understand your frustration. When whs logs back in he told me he would check out your thread.

Meanwhile, have you looked at that movie maker forum I linked to?
Movie Maker Forum is too disorganized and to commercialized, not to mention feeling light-headed with all the colours and ads blasting all over.

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14 Feb 2012   #22
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Here is the stupid part.....
I have to save the video first to my computer, then re-insert the video back to WLMM. Then Edit options come to live.
That could very well be. The WLMM reencodes the file and may add something that makes the difference. I also found that WLMM works better with .avi than with .wmv - strange too.
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14 Feb 2012   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I'm unsure T, but maybe because pics aren't videos? Are the options available while a video plays?
Yes. You are right.
The Edit options are only for editing the exixsting videos, not for pictures.
Now I know. Wish Windows |Live said that off the bat.

Thank you.
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14 Feb 2012   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1

If I want to make a movie, I insert all the pictures and, maybe music files, and without the options to do editing, I have to " save " the project, then re-insert the movie back to WLMM, then do my editing ?

That is wild !!

Time to look for a " real " movie maker.

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14 Feb 2012   #25

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I don't know either how to change the color. But did you try to change the aspect ratio (in the Project tab). Maybe you can get rid of the black stripes all together.
I already am using 4.3 aspect ratio. 16.9 would increase the size of the black strips.
I found some thing rediculously stupid.
I am able to activate all Edit options BUT one .....background color option is still grayed out.
You need to select Title on the home tab first, which will then give you a Text Tools tab, then you can go back to the edit tab and Change the color of the text but not the black area you are trying to change.

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04 Jun 2012   #26

Windows 7

I am having this same issue and none of the suggestions have been helpful so far. The background color is still grayed out.

Has anyone questioned why Microsoft has not fixed this issue? That seems like the obvious answer. Is there a newer version I need to download?
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05 Jun 2012   #27
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Welcome to SF TOJohnsom, you cant try this Windows Live Essentials: Movie Maker
I don't use it, or any video editor but it may be a newer one that what you have.

Some of THESE tutorials may help out.

I think we all question MS often.
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01 Jun 2013   #28


noway to found it (

i have switched to ezvid enven when it also gives problems: tryis to add more softwares when installing, later asks for your password in youtube, does not allow to save in the compunter directely, add advertisemenet in the youtube comments.
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