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The Oscars may be over but you can still begin work on your masterpiece for next year. You may be wondering how you can go about getting in to the business of your own short movie for instance. Well we will begin here by explaining some of the beginner steps you can take and what you might need then if you wish to take this hobby forward and aim for bigger goals.

To begin with, the free to download tool Windows Live Essentials is very useful if you want to begin recording short movies on anything from your Smartphone camera to a world class movie camera or even a GoPro device. It can be downloaded for free at https://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows-live/essentials and critically it includes a program called Windows Movie Maker which is a very basic program which can handle the technical side of most beginner aspirations in movie making. After it is downloaded, during the install of Live Essentials, you can choose whether or not to install the other programs that come alongside Movie Maker.

Most smart phones can record movies nowadays also and most new computers will be able to handle the various devices/equipment that need to be connected in order to upload, edit, produce and view movies. If you plan on doing a lot of movie production then you may want to consider getting an SSD (Solid State Disk) for inside your computer, to store your movies on. If you want high definition footage of something you may want to have a high spec monitor. These can cost anything from €100 up to €2000 depending on screensize, brightness, contrast ratio, resolution, connections, etc. You may also want  in this case a fancier than average graphics adapter in your computer so that your computer can handle the processing of the video and photos. It’s safe to say that movie making can be expensive, not to mention time consuming. Windows Movie Maker will suffice to begin with though. You can learn everything about it here https://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows-live/movie-maker .  If you need help in building a custom computer system then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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