Planning Your Project Before Coming to the Inspiration Lab
It is important to plan where you will save/store your project (movie/slideshow). Be sure to bring along / or that you have access to the source videos/photos/audio clips you plan to use. Planning out an organized system at the onset is a good idea.
Please see the File Size and Saving Time section on this page for more saving information.
See also the General Technology Skills guide for more information on this.
Wiping your Data When Done
Allow time before the end of your booking for large file transfers. This may take 30 (or more) minutes.
After saving your files on your USB (recommended), external hard drive, or cloud storage, and you are sure you have saved your work, use the “Delete All Work Files” icon on the desktop to ensure that your files and personal information are erased before the next person uses the computer.
To clear your infromation, double click the icon, then confirm by clicking "yes".
Introduction to Windows Movie Maker
The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.
Windows Movie Maker is a simple video editor that comes with Microsoft Windows. With it you can create movies or slideshows:
- Create movies or slideshows
- Use a variety of video, photo, & audio files saved on your computer or another source, such as your camera, USB drive, or media card
- Add transitions, titles, captions, credits
- Crop & cut video/audio & change visual effects
- Save or share directly to social media
Check out Inspiration Lab - Video Recording for information on our video recording equipment.
Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment
The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.
The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).
Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the full booking instructions.
We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.
File Size and Saving Time
Videos, espeically when edited with effects and titles, can become large files. Please come to the Lab prepared with a big enough storage device or cloud access to save your work. You cannot save your work on the public computers.
Large files may also take a while to save. Be sure to leave enough time within your booking to save your project.
File sizes and saving times can vary wildly depending on the file format selected:
|File format Types||file size||estimated saving time|
|20 minute video, small format (eg. WMV, Mp4)||500MB -2 GB||7-15 minutes|
Additional time will also be required if you wish to burn any of these projects onto a disc (10-15 minutes for a 20 minute video).