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Windows Movie Maker makes home movies amazingly fun. With Movie Maker, you can create, edit, and share your home movies right on your computer. Build your movie with a few simple drag-and-drops. Delete bad shots and include only the best scenes. Then share your movie via the Web, e-mail, or CD. Using third-party software you can even take movies youve made and turn them into DVDs. You can also save your movie back to the video tape in your camera to play back on a TV or on the camera itself.
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I wish Microsoft would continue development of Movie Maker for Windows 10 and beyond. There are a serious lack of quality, easy-to-use video editing alternatives, most are super simplified (dumbed-down) and stripped of features (Movie Moments must be a terrible joke). Or AviSynth -based GUI's which require too much time to learn for many people, especially for more complicated effects. Movie Maker was a great balance of features and ease of use. It's a shame it has not been updated in years.
Classic Movie Maker was simple and easy to use. One thing it did that NO other software I've tried was to SIMPLY import an image sequence and then export as a movie at a frame rate of your choice.
Brilliant for stopmotion.
Even the paid-for-apps can't do this simple task. Or if they can - you need to watch a series of tutorials, learn a whole lot of processes and even then, it's hit and miss. Just go and try changing frame rate in Photoshop and see what happens - or better still, surf the Adobe forums for animators struggling to output their animations.
Finally, Moviemaker also did what others can't - allow you to have different frame rates within the same timeline. So if one piece of your work needed to be at a different frame rate - you just selected those frames and changed the speed. All so simple you could do this yourself after 5 minutes play.
Windows Movie Maker was included in Windows XP. But Windows 7 lacks it for some reason and we're forced in download Windows LIVE Movie Maker which is completely different and worse IMO. Luckily, it's still possible to download the classic Movie Maker: (download from Microsoft Download Center)
(officially it's for Vista, but it also works on newer Windows)
No longer available
Yup, Microsoft removed it. But it's still possible to find it by googling "Windows Movie Maker 2.6".
After several hours and lots of frustration on Sunday I used MonkeyJam which can do the basic job I needed which was to make a movie from a series of stopmotion stills - and try different frame rates to get the best result. I'll have a look at MovieMaker 2.6 though.
Ohh. It was a cool program. Now I'm forced to look for an alternative
New Movie Maker app into windows store is pure shit compared with old Movie Maker software.
Had some issues compiling gameplay videos from multiple different encodecs / formats, but windows movie maker handled it just fine. Granted, it took significantly longer though
Tried using FFMPEG directly, AvidaMux, premiere pro to no avail
File size came out nicely too
A good video editor that can run on low spec PC's.
The windows movie maker is good for small and simple home videos.. It is easy to use and have some nice basic features, but it can only export to Windows Media Video (wmv-files) which is quite annoying.
Because it's the best tool to create or edit an movie
Last time (maybe 8 years ago) I tried Movie Maker, the output had to be in the WMV codec, so I stopped using it.
Well, I just gave Movie Maker 2012 a try and was amazed to see that it dropped WMV and it now exports movies in mp4 (Video: MPEG4 Video (H264) / Audio: AAC). Very, very cool.
Even more : I could import .mov (ie Apple) videos, and it can directly export to non-MS sites (Vimeo, Youtube...). Really, MM 2012 becomes much, much more universal.
Add to it its quick learning curve, and all you need to make basic videos (effects, text insertion, copy / cut). So I guess I love it.
Use all CPU cores
I read about the new Movie Maker 2012 with new features such as video stabilization, so I downloaded and installed it.
But when I tried to open Movie Maker, it always crashes and tells me to verify the system requirements: the old Movie maker run on processors with 1.6 GHz (single processor) or higher (for dual-core), the new one run on processors with 2.4 GHz. My pc is 1.9 GHz so it doesn't support the new Movie Maker.
Then why doesn't Microsoft verify my system requirements BEFORE install it on my pc?
Furthermore I can't reinstall the old version now because the installer notifies only the new one.
Another crap made by Microsoft.
Lack Of Feature
If anyone wants free full pledge video editing suite for Windows do not go any further. Windows Movie Maker is I think the only available, useable free non-linear video editing program for Windows. Further most, those having Windows XP will surely be blessed with this piece of freebee .
If you want a good video editing software for your Windows that is free and easy to use you can try :
Shotcut available on https://shotcut.org/download/
Openshot available on https://www.openshot.org/download/
They are both opensource and can also run on Mac OS and Linux based operating Systems
They use mlt and ffmpeg so they can export to many formats and not only wmv.