Tutorial Windows: Censor Videos in Windows Movie Maker

With motion picture on the rise, screenwriters sought out ideas to bring new stuff for people to see on TV. However, with each idea being crazier than last, censorship came to power.

It’s perhaps the most controversial of all multimedia rules, with each country enforcing it according to different types of content and authoring issues. Regardless of how and why it’s used, we put up together a few steps to let you know how to add both video and audio censors to your movies using just what Windows provides.

Censoring sound

Step 1: Grab a censorship beep sound from here. Careful where and how you use it, though.

Step 2: Open Windows Live Movie Maker. Or download it if it’s not already installed.

Step 3: Add the video you want to censor.

Step 4: Use playback and preview buttons to locate the part you want to censor.

Step 5: Stop the preview once you hear the target sound.

Step 6: Click the Split button in the Edit ribbon menu.

Step 7: Continue preview until the end of the target sound.

Step 8: Press Split again so that the censored portion is isolated.

Step 9: Select the new video portion, click on Video Volume in the Edit menu and mute it.

Step 10: Go to the Home menu and choose to Add Music.

Step 11: Select the censorship audio file and move it under the isolated clip.

Note: Add the sound file multiple time (drag and drop) in case its length doesn’t match the clip. Zoom in and overlap audio files for continuous sound. Preview as often as possible.

Censoring a video

Step 1: Download, install, and run Windows Live Movie Maker, or simply run it if it’s installed.

Step 2: Add the video you want to censor.

Step 3: In the Home menu, click to add Caption.

Step 4: Change the font, preferably to Wingdings.

Step 5: Insert characters (such as l -low case L or n) to occupy just the space you need to censor.

Step 6: Switch to the Format menu and Increase Outline size to maximum. This adds a thick border to your characters, making them cover more space.

Step 7 (optional): Set Transparency level and Color to make it more stylish.

Note: This is only a basic method of adding censorship layer, since Windows Live Movie Maker is not yet equipped with such a feature. Applying selection blur or other effects is a task best accomplished with more advanced Video Editors.

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