I use Windows Media Encoder 9 (a free download from Microsoft.com, http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/forpros/encoder/default.mspx) and Windows Movie Maker (should be on your computer if you have Me, XP, or Vista).
Put Mario Paint Composer in the center of your screen. SAVE ALL WORK BEFORE CONTINUING!
If you hear notes play between now and the beginning of the encoding, ignore it!
Note: You can replace any of this software with software of your choice. However, I will be unable to help if something goes awry. These steps are the ones I follow to put my compositions onto YouTube. (You can use another video site like Veoh, iFilm/Spike, MySpace TV, or Google Video if you wish.)
Open up Windows Media Encoder 9 and select "Capture Screen."
Select "Specific window" at the next screen. Also check "Capture audio from the default audio device."
Click Next. Here's another fun part; there are two Mario Paint Composers listed! Take a guess--that's what I do. Do not check "Flash border..."
Click Next. Give it a save location. Click Next again (ignore any error about adding .wmv). Select "High." Click Next. Leave all fields blank. Click Next. VERY IMPORTANT: Uncheck the box that says "Begin capturing screens when I click Finish."
Next, click Properties at the top.
Click the Compression tab.
Click the 291 Kbps tab (number may vary).
Change the Audio format to "128 Kbps, 44 kHz, stereo CBR."
Change Frame rate to 30 fps. Change Video bitrate to "1250K" (make sure to type the K in the box).
Click OK. Click Apply. CLICK SAVE (highly recommended). Now, look near the top right where it says preview. If it says (806 x 625) or something close, then you're ready! If not, click the Sources tab (again). Click Configure next to Video. Change the Capture Source to the other Mario Paint Composer. Click OK. Click Apply. Click Save.
Much of the fun part is over with. Click Start Encoding.
If you get any errors, then drop me an e-mail. If WME9 minimizes or a box says "Click OK to start..." then you're good to go. Make sure everything else is out of the way. ANYTHING IN FRONT OF MARIO PAINT COMPOSER WILL BE RECORDED, INCLUDING THE MOUSE! So, if you move your mouse around, it'll all be visible. Remember, however, this is like actual movie recording. You can have multiple takes without stopping the encoding. (We'll get to editing later.)
Once Windows Media Encoder 9 minimizes to the taskbar, click Load Song (I told you to save before starting). Load the song you intend to play. This wipes all the extraneous notes from the score before playing. Now move everything out of the way. Click Play and don't touch anything. With some computers the volume may need to be up in the mixer (the speaker in system tray next to the clock, about 60-70% should be good). Once the song finishes, load the next section, if applicable (keep encoding). Play it and all following sections.
After you're finished playing all parts, click Windows Media Encoder in the taskbar. Click Stop at the top. When a box appears, look at these items: Content duration should be just about the same as Session duration. Both numbers should be close to the time that you were recording for. Next, look at Session: Bit rate (average). It should be over 140.
Click "Play Output File" on the right. Watch all of the sections you wish to keep.
If you are satisfied with your results, close your media player, click Close on the Encoding Results box, save, and close Windows Media Encoder.
If there is a problem with your video or sound quality, perform the steps for compression above again. If the problem persists, send me an e-mail. If there is something wrong with your video that you don't like (wrong notes, perhaps), just re-record it (re-open your project, and click Start Encoding...you can rename your file from Properties>Output>Encode to file>File name). If you get any strange messages, e-mail me with the FULL TEXT of the message.
Congratulations, you're only ˝ done with the editing! Phew! Having fun yet? Good!
Open Windows Movie Maker (please have version 2 or greater). If you have skills in the software, great! Have fun here and skip this section! If not, experiment around for a bit; this software was designed for newbies, but it's still quite professional. REMEMBER: YOUR VIDEO MUST BE UNDER 10 MINUTES FOR IT TO BE ACCEPTED! File>Import Media Items (might vary based on version).
Find your file and click Import! SAVE! First, set the bottom to Timeline mode (View>Timeline).
Drag it to the bottom, using Video (not Audio/Music!).
To chop a video at the current point, click Split under the preview display (it looks like a dotted line between two blocks).
To trim a clip, drag from the right and left sides of it. Zoom in for more details, out for less.
SAVE OFTEN! I recommend not using any transitions except before and after your main section of your video (it may look funny otherwise). Add a title (version 2+ only) from Tools>Titles and credits (it might lag). Click Title at the beginning.
Type information in the box (have fun with fonts and animations if you want by clicking the respective buttons). Once finished, click Add Title. SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!
You're done, right. Click the rewind button on the timeline and click Play under the preview.
Press Alt+Enter or the full screen button to view your video in full screen. If you are satisfied (save), move on. If not, go back and work on it some more.
Now, go to File>Publish Movie
or File>Save Movie File (NOT SAVE PROJECT...VERY IMPORTANT!!).
In some versions, it’s available on the toolbar.
If you get a big box asking what way you want to save it, you're in the right place.
Choose This Computer (Upload to Web is VERY tempting...don't click it). Click Next. File name? Your choice. Click Next. Choose "Best quality for playback on my computer (recommended)."
Why? It's easier than detailing everything. Besides, it's great quality. Click Publish (or Save)! After it completes (it'll take a couple minutes, based on the speed of your computer), leave the "Play video after clicking Finish" box checked and click Finish. Again, watch it all the way through. If you're satisfied, close Windows Movie Maker. Did it ask you to save? You know what to do...click Yes!
(I just can't stress saving enough, as losing work is very possible...no computer is perfectly stable (not even Linux), every program can crash or run amok, and electricity can go out! It's a good habit to get into.)
Now, get onto YouTube and upload that video! Go to www.youtube.com.
If you haven't created an account, this section is for you! Go ahead and click Sign Up at the top.
If there is a name (and it says "Hello, #USERNAME#"), click Log Out and then click Sign up. Fill out the boxes on the right with the appropriate information (real e-mail required). It's best to leave the newsletter box checked. Click Sign Up at the bottom, check your e-mail (I think you have to do this), and click the confirmation link! Welcome to YouTube! If you're not signed in, click Log In at the top. Look familiar? Now, put in your username and password and click Log In.
Got a username? Click Upload at the top.
Fill in the Title of your video (something like "Mario Paint Composer Pokémon Battle"), description (All info in here is used for searches! Type a lot!), tags (most relevant info here), and category (probably Music).
Broadcast options: leave public. Date and Map Options: not required. Sharing: LEAVE THIS ALONE!
Click "Upload a video..."
Once on the upload screen, find your FINAL OUTPUT OF WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER and click Upload, which should be a .wmv file, not a .mswmm file! Remember that you have four files: a screen capture file (.wmv), a Windows Media Encoder Project file (.wme), a Windows Movie Maker Project file (.mswmm) and a published file (.wmv).
Upload the published one. Wait for it to upload (might take a while). If it doesn't work, click Upload in the top right corner and try again. Too bad if it doesn't work...I can't help here, other than to say to try asking around.
Once you get to the "Upload complete" screen, click the "Go to my videos" button and look at the title. Is it blue? If not, refresh every few minutes. Check "Broadcast:" If it says "converting" (or something similar), then keep waiting (and refreshing). If it says it was rejected, than I can't help. Sorry. (If it says "duplicate upload", scroll down; it may have uploaded twice.)
If it says "Live!" click the blue link and watch the video all the way through.
If there are any problems that exist in the file on the computer, slap yourself on the face (not really). If the video is cut short, return to the My Videos page, remove the video and re-upload. If the description is messed up, click Edit and change it.
If the video looks good, then CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PUT YOUR COMPOSITION ON YOUTUBE!!!