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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker was a video editing software from Microsoft. It was part of the Windows Essentials package.
Although very known, there may be some things about it that most people don’t know. Here are 10 of those things:
- It was discontinued
On January 10, 2017, Windows Movie Maker was officially discontinued and no official substitute was announced. Although discontinued, the software can still be used in machines that already had it. There are also some sites offering free downloads to it.
- Fake Software
Although some sites really provide a safe download for the original software that is no longer available through official ways, there are some taking the opportunity to do harm. Fake versions of the software are being downloaded from fraudulent sites, boosted by the recent optimization of their search engines. Thanks to that, those sites are able to reach the top results in search sites, fooling a lot of people with a sense of security.
The fake version asks for money to function properly, claiming that it is only a test version and needs to be upgraded to offer full service. But when you pay for the upgrade, you discover that it really does nothing.
Be aware of what you download out there!
- It is free
Windows Movie Maker was originally part of the Windows Essentials, and it was completely free. That pack was offered together with every version of Windows since Windows ME. The other versions that came with it were Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 and finally windows movie maker windows 10, which is the last version to have it before the discontinuing.
Although very criticized by some, the software is not supposed to be used as a tool for professional video editing. It is supposed to be a simple, easy to use program for people that don’t have much experience with editing.
The critics focused their complaints on the lack of more advanced functions, that would permit more professional level results. It was said the transition effects gave the movies an amateur look and the audio mix was not good at all.
Those that defended the software claimed that for a free program, the quality was above expected and you couldn’t find anything better without paying for it.
It was unanimous though, that it was a software best used for short, rough videos that didn’t need much editing.
- Live version
In September 2008, the beta version of the Windows Live Movie Maker was released. The beta showed a new interface, designed to make the use of the program even more simple and intuitive.
The alpha program, launched in 2009, had plenty of modifications if compared with the old version. The developers heard the critics and focused on making the perfect tool for editing videos of up to 5 minutes – with soundtrack – and immediately be able to upload them online.
Although windows live movie maker gets a lot of hate from people that want a more professional look to their videos, there are other who enjoy it very much. For those who want only to mess around with videos and have fun while doing it, this may be the perfect software.
It offers a lot of different effects and transitions to work with and, even if it does not give an amazing look to the video, it can be very fun to experiment with for amateur enthusiasts.
If it is fun for amateur users, it may as well be the contrary for more advanced ones. As it is designed to be intuitive and simple for beginners, it may be very much the contrary for someone used to better, more professional software.
Another thing that usually is pegged to the windows 10 movie maker is its fame for crashing all the time. It unexpectedly freezes and crashes, usually right when you need it the most. If that can be frustrating and annoying to a beginner, imagine for a professional, who needs to finish his job on time. Remember to save constantly!
One of the rare things that were worthy of complimenting on the Windows Movie Maker was its practicality. When the video was done, it could be easily saved as two of the most common video archive types, .avi .wmv. Also, it could be directly copied to a CD/DVD or, in the Live version, be immediately uploaded online.
Videos sure are the main product of the Movie Maker, but not the only one. Given its intuitive interface, even more on the Live version (that has adopted the Ribbon interface), it can be easily used to make photo presentations.
With added effects, subtitles or soundtrack, those photo presentations became one of the most used functionalities of the program.
- Hope for the future
Microsoft has not announced a substitute to the movie maker windows 10, which made its many fans throughout the world claim for a new version or even a whole new program. Besides the many critics, the Movie Maker was probably the most used editing software of the world, due to its simplicity and, of course, lack of cost.
The word on the streets, yet to be confirmed, is that an app for Windows 10 may come with the same functionalities of the Movie Maker. The fans are anxious.
If there will be a new version or similar program, no one knows yet. The fact is that the WMM is part of history. It will be missed by some, but there are others who celebrate its demise. Which side are you on?