How to Make a Speed Paint With Windows Movie Maker

by Kevin Lee

If you create digital art, you can demonstrate your techniques by creating a video of one of your painting sessions. These speed paint videos, seen on YouTube and other video sharing sites, not only entertain, but they can help others learn painting tips as well. Viewers probably don't have time to watch you create an entire painting from scratch, but they may watch if you speed up the video. Produce your own speed paint videos using the free copy of Windows Movie Maker included with all versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Record Video


Visit a website that offers screen capture software, and download one of the programs they offer. Choose a program that can capture full screen video. Sites that offer this software include, and


Install the screen capture program you choose and launch it. Consult the documentation that comes with the program if you need assistance.


Open your Image editing program, and create a new project. Start your screen capture program, and begin painting a picture.


Stop the program when you finish painting. The program allows you to save the video it captured. Save the file using a format such as .avi. The AVI format insures that the video retains its original quality.

Speed Up Video


Launch Windows Movie Maker. Click the "Video Import" button to view a list of files located on your hard drive. Locate the video you created, and double click that file to load it into the project. A thumbnail of the video appears in the program's Collection window.


Drag the thumbnail down to the Timeline window at the bottom of the user interface, and click the "Play" button to preview the movie in the player on the right side of the Windows Movie Maker screen. Click "Stop" after watching a few seconds of video. .


Right-click the thumbnail and click "Video Effects" to open the "Add or Remove Video Effects" window. This window contains a list of video effects.


Double-click the "Speed Up, Double" effect, then click "OK." Click "Play" to preview the video. It will play at twice its normal speed.


Click "Stop," right-click the thumbnail again and click "Video Effects." Click the "Speed Up, Double" effect again, then click "OK." Click "Play" and note that-the video plays twice as fast as it did previously. Continue double-clicking the "Speed Up, Double" effect until the video displays at the desired speed.


Click "Finish Movie," then click "Save to Computer." The "Save Movie Wizard" window opens and walks you through the steps needed to save the video. Follow the steps and click Finish" when the wizard ends. Windows Movie Maker saves your speed painting video to your hard drive.


  • check You don't have to finish your entire painting in a single session. If you need to take a break, pause the recording program. Resume recording when you return to the painting.
  • check Every time you add a "Speed Up, Double" effect, it appears in the "Displayed Effects" box on the right side of the "Add or Remove Video Effects" window. For example, after adding the effect three times, three entries appear in that box. When tweaking the video's speed, you can click one of these entries and then click "Remove" to remove the effect. This will slow the video down.

About the Author

After majoring in physics, Kevin Lee began writing professionally in 1989 when, as a software developer, he also created technical articles for the Johnson Space Center. Today this urban Texas cowboy continues to crank out high-quality software as well as non-technical articles covering a multitude of diverse topics ranging from gaming to current affairs.

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