Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker has been one of the most popular video editing programs for Windows, for a very long time. It was free, it was easy to use, and it produced good results for casual computer users. Since the company has decided to terminate it, it no longer offers any support or development for Movie Maker. This means that now we must look for alternatives. To make it easier for you to find a suitable replacement for your video editing needs, we have compiled a list of free applications that are similar to Windows Movie Maker. Here it is:
Windows Essentials, also known as Windows Live Essentials, used to be a suite of useful Windows programs that were developed by Microsoft. The suite was free and included apps for e-mail management, instant messaging, photo management and sharing, blogging, and parental controls. Although Windows Essentials have evolved a lot over the years, in the end, they suffered the same unfortunate fate as dinosaurs: they’ve gone extinct. In other words, Microsoft decided that they are obsolete and that there’s no point in maintaining them. Although you can no longer download Windows Essentials from Microsoft, they can still be found in other places on the internet, and you can still use them if you want. Here’s where to find Windows Essentials, how to install them and how to start the Windows Essentials apps:
Ever notice those annoying black bars on the sides or along the top and bottom of a video? Oftentimes, the culprit is an incorrectly set aspect ratio. In Movie Maker, it's easy to mistakenly save a movie in the wrong aspect ratio, thus creating these black bars in your final product. This tutorial will explain why these black bars appear and how you can get rid of them in Movie Maker for Windows.
Movie Maker allows you to easily create photo slideshows and home movies without any technical knowledge. You can give them a more professional look and feel by adding transitions, pan and zoom and other visual effects. In this tutorial, we will explain the differences between each of these animations and effects and we’ll show you how to use them into your Movie Maker project.
Sometimes, when you import videos into your computer, they end up being oriented incorrectly. This is particularly an issue with videos short with your smartphone, which can be shot in landscape or portrait mode. You can correct their orientation permanently by using Movie Maker, which you can get for free as part of Windows Essentials from Microsoft. This quick tutorial will show how to import such videos into Movie Maker, how to rotate and export them as new video with the correct orientation.
A picture's worth a thousand words - but sometimes, your home movie or photo slideshows can benefit from just a bit more. That's where titles, captions and credits come in. Windows Movie Maker allows you to add these textual elements in a snap. You can even give them a professional look and feel by tweaking the font and style and by adding cinematic effects. In this tutorial, we'll teach you the differences between titles, captions and credits and when to use each of these.
After you have finished editing your project in Windows Movie Maker, maybe you may want to share it. However, when you export the project, it will be saved as a Movie Maker Project file with .wlmp extension. These .wlmp can be opened ONLY in Windows Movie Maker so, in order to share your video with friends and family or upload it to YouTube, Facebook or another website, you'll have to export it as a .wmv file or any other recognized video format. In this tutorial, we'll show how to save your movie in a shareable format using the recommended settings and for advanced users, we'll also go through the steps for creating your own custom settings for exporting video.
Windows Movie Maker is all about ease of use and when it comes to adding background music to your videos and photo slideshows, that theme remains the same. Windows Movie Maker's audio editing features are very basic and mostly limited to fading in and fading out, changing the start and end points for the audio and adjusting the volume for the entire clip. But if all you want is a little mood music for your home movie, then Windows Movie Maker lets you add a soundtrack from your own music collection. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to add music to your Windows Movie Maker project and how to edit audio clips.
You need quite a bit of time to edit a movie or to create a new one using photos and clips that were captured with your digital camera or your smartphone. The Windows Movie Maker desktop application is one of the most simple products that you can use for these kinds of tasks and it is also free. In this article, we'll show you how to use its main movie editing features. Among others options, Windows Live Movie Maker lets you split and trim video clips and adjust their speeds. Let's stop "talking" and start editing videos:
Creating movies from pictures and videos is a breeze with Windows Movie Maker. Once you have your pictures and video clips imported into this application, you can get right down to applying AutoMovie Themes, creating title clips and credits, setting your project to music and adding animations and transitions. But before you can begin, you'll have to import your multimedia, so in this article we'll show you how to do that.