WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?: Getting inside character’s minds with callouts/balloons and Movie Maker.

This is a fun and easy trick that that will allow you and your students to add callouts and balloons to your Movie Maker movies.  Once you install the files, they are ready to use each time you use Movie Maker.

1. Download the “BFXCallouts.exe” file to your desktop.
2. Double click the icon for the .exe file and follow setup instructions (your files will be placed in the AddOnTFX folder which is found at: C:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\AddOnTFX)
4. Open Movie Maker and import a saved editable video clip.
5. Add your clip to the timeline.
6. Click on “tools” and select “titles and credits.”
7. Click “Add title on the selected clip in the timeline.”
8. Select “Change the Animation.”
9. Select the “BFX Callout” that works best for you (there are six to choose from).
10. Enter the text that you would like to place in the callout.  Click “play” to preview.
11. Place your callout on the timeline in the title overlay section.  Move it left or right to get your timing right.
12. Select “Save to my computer” and follow directions.
13. Browse to the saved file and give it a whirl!


  1. Howard J Martin

    What a great tip! I’m adding this to our MMaker training. Thanks!

  2. Justin Karkow

    I am afraid the the installation file targets the Movie Maker files only. Will dig around to see if I can find something for Photo Story too.

  3. Caroline O'Bannon

    This couldn’t have been more timely! I’m teaching Movie Maker in a few weeks and will add this in. Thank you!

  4. Stacy Kasse

    Just learned this tonight at the institute and can see the many possible uses for comprehension and teaching point of view. Thanks, Justin.

  5. Deborah Wrobel

    Thanks Justin. This is a great way to enhance MM even more!!!

  6. Janet Hallstrom

    This will be perfect for my workshop on editing Discovery Movies. It will give everyone something really fun to learn.

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