Windows Movie Maker: Where Are Published Movies Saved?

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Windows Movie Maker: Where Are Published Movies Saved?
Find your home movies easily in the video library folder on your computer. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Once you've edited a video or created a movie with free Windows Live Movie Maker software you can upload it direct to the Internet, or save it to your computer's hard disk. If you choose to save the published movie file to your computer, Windows Live Movie Maker automatically prompts you to save the file in the computer's default library video folder.

Default Location

The default location for Windows Live Movie Maker files is the computer's video library folder. This is either the "Videos" or "My Videos" folder on your computer, depending on the Windows operating system version installed on your computer. Saving the output video file in the computer's video library makes it easy for the user to find the movie quickly. The video library folder automatically displays video clips as thumbnails, with each thumbnail image showing a frame from the video.

Change Default Location

As in most software, when you choose to save a file in Windows Live Movie Maker, the program automatically selects a default "save location" on the computer. However, you don't have to stick with that location. To change the default location for the video file, navigate to your preferred folder with folder and file browser in the "Save Movie" dialogue box. Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the dialogue box when you've opened your preferred folder.

Burn to DVD

Windows Live Movie Maker saves the video file when you select the "For Computer" option in the "Save Movie" context menu from the main file menu. An alternative to merely saving the movie to your computer is to also burn the video file to a blank, recordable DVD disk. To do this, select "Burn a DVD" from the context menu. Windows Live Movie Maker first prompts you to save the file in the default video library folder and then automatically opens the computer's DVD burn tool so that you can transfer the movie to a disk.

Upload Movie

Windows Live Movie Maker automatically connects to the Internet so that you can save the movie direct to a video file-sharing site, such as YouTube, or a social network, such as Facebook. You can do this by selecting "Publish Movie" in the context menu from the main file menu. Select the site on which you want to publish the movie from the listed options, which include Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, Windows Live Groups and SkyDrive. Windows Live Movie Maker uploads the video clip to the site once you've given the program permission to access the site, by entering your login username and password into the pop-up security dialogue box.

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