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Portable Movie Maker

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Portable Movie Maker is a simple program that allows users to edit video clips together into one movie. Although we like the interface and a lot of the features, certain parts of the program didn't work quite as well as they should have.

The program's interface is sleek and intuitive, making the potentially complicated process of editing a movie quite simple. The Collections tabs allows users to view all of the clips that they'll be working with, while the Tasks tabs includes such items as capturing video and editing and finishing the movie. Putting the clips together is as simple as dragging each one to the desired spot on a timeline, and then adding transition effects if desired. The whole thing is very straightforward, and even users with no previous movie editing experience should be able to figure it out. Unfortunately, the program isn't quite as functional as it is well-designed. We were happy to see that the program allows users to capture video from a device, but when we tried this, despite the fact that we carefully followed the instructions, we found that only part of what we'd recorded ended up in the clip, and the video and audio were extremely out of sync. We were also disappointed to find that although the program has both a Help menu item and other places in the interface where tips are offered, trying to access these items results in error messages.

Portable Movie Maker is free. The program comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation. We recommend this program with reservations; it has a lot of potential, but it's not quite where it needs to be.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    1.5 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "NOTE: POSSIBLE ANTIVIRUS WARNINGS"

    May 16, 2012  |   By pantelista

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    A portable version of Movie Maker compatible with All builds of Windows 7, Vista and XP. And WITH ALL AVAILABLE FEATURES

    Cons

    none after virus status explained

    Summary

    Some people are reporting that their antivirus goes crazy about "Runonce.exe" when they download this, well plz note that its packed with UPX exe compressor. Unfortunately most virus "people" use it to pack their stuff too. So their antivirus panicked when it saw the same packer. The thing that Runonce.exe does is, it registers the dlls, and changes some values in "Transition.txt" file to make the transitions work. That is all that it does.

    http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/23092-update-portable-original-movie-maker-for-7/

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  • 1.0 stars

    "QUARANTINED FILE, FIRST VIRUS I FOUND IN CNET"

    February 15, 2012  |   By Pokemon111888

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    Zero pros, just a virus

    Cons

    A trojan, need I say more?

    Summary

    Fail, first time ever I found a virus in cnet, its always safe

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Triggered Virus software and then did NOT run"

    January 25, 2012  |   By ScottDamery

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    None yet as it did not run

    Cons

    Triggered Virus protection to quarantine the runonce.exe and then when I tried to run what was left it just locked up on me and could never get it to work.

    Summary

    DO something else, this at best is a waste and at worst is a virus

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus! Do not download."

    November 30, 2011  |   By W_Peijnakker

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    No pros have been discovered so far. (Unles the fact that one of the files might actually work counts as a pro.)

    Cons

    The download contains the file "Runonce.exe" wich was recognized as a Trojan Horse by symentec.
    Do not download this file unless you know what you are doing.
    The file I was supposed to run got deleted by my antivirus software. The file moviemk does not run
    The program far.exe does run although I don't have a clue what it does. This file did not trigger my antivirus software

    Summary

    Contains a virus (Trojan Horse)
    Do not download.

    (For the faint of heart: I ran it in a sandbox wich will be emptied as soon as I finish this review)

    Updated on Dec 2, 2011

    Update: multiple infected files have been found by semantec. (In the sandbox ofcourse)
    2-12-2011: still infected.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD: TROJAN VIRUS"

    October 15, 2011  |   By kbryson77

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    None. Too afraid to actually use it after Symantec identified 4 trojan viruses!

    Cons

    Symantec identified 4 trojan viruses with this download. Yes, I downloaded straight from CNET.

    Summary

    This is the FIRST time that I've downloaded an infected file from CNET, and I've been using and recommending it for years to library and IT patrons/clients. CNET is my go-to safe download for anything and everything. I ALWAYS bypass the manufacturers or designers download sites if I can find it here on CNET.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works on Windows 7-"

    September 5, 2011  |   By andreaborman

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    This is the portable version of the original Windows Movie Maker 2.1 that is on Windows XP. You know the one that supports direct record from your webcam but it works on Windows 7.

    Cons

    Only this the portable version of Windows Movie Maker 2.1 which is the Windows XP version works on Windows 7. But this is NOT the Microsoft version.

    Summary

    I did not have any problems with this.This is the Windows XP version of Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP. But it does work on Windows 7 but this is the portable version. And only this-the portable version works on Windows 7 but this is not the official Microsoft version. If you want the Microsoft version you have to get Movie Maker 2.6 the next version up for Windows Vista. This is the same as 2.6 but because this is 2.1 this supports direct record from your webcam. But as I already have Movie Maker 2.6 that does it all for me. I am not sure about this version 2.1 potable at the moment. Andrea Borman.

    Updated on Sep 6, 2011

    Unfortunently I have read other peoples reviews here on this site and on another site. And they do say that their anti virus scans showed some infected or files that MAY be malware. Although I do not have any anti virus software on my computer except for the standard Windows Defender that comes with Windows 7 and also Malicious Software removal Tool-MRT. My Windows Defender and MRT scans did not show any malware or a computer virus. But as other people have reported it in their scans-that were not done with Windows Defender or MRT. But with high security programs-McAfee securit,AVG and others.-it could be a false positive as AVG and McAfee is known to block programs that have not needed to be blocked. But even so until we know more about if or not it is safe to use this program. I advise Windows 7 and Windows Vista User to stick with Microsofts Windows Movie Maker 2.6 only for the time being. As we know that Microsofts Windows Movie Maker 2.6 IS SAFE.

    Updated on Oct 9, 2011

    Update-Unfortunently my scan with Windows Defender DID show that this program is infected with malware. SO PLEASE WHATEVER YOU DO-DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR USE THIS PROGRAM. STAY AWAY from this.This IS infected with malware. Andrea Borman.

    Updated on Jun 13, 2012

    Well forget this program,Portable Windows Movie Maker. Windows Defender said the file was infected after it scanned my computer. And Windows Defender promptly removed it for me. But if you have a Windows XP computer you can install the windows XP Movie Maker 2.1 on Windows 7. That's what I have done and Movie Maker 2.1 works on Windows 7 including the webcam feature as long as you have Movie Maker 2.6 installed.Movie Maker 2.1 runs off the dill files of 2.6 that's why you need to have 2.6 installed to run XP Movie Maker 2.1.but yes,Movie Maker 2.1 works on Windows 7. so you don't need this program-Portable Windows Movie Maker. Andrea Borman.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Trojan containing file."

    July 18, 2011  |   By sora657

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    Good if you wanna be hacked or hack.

    Cons

    Trojan containing file not good for wanting a healthy PC.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE !!! Full with trojans and trojan droppers !!!"

    December 8, 2010  |   By William_Berzoff

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    None this is malware ! Avoid !

    Cons

    Need not say ? MALWARE !

    Summary

    The file was scanned at VirusTotal.com by 43 different anti-virus scanners, and here are the results :

    Antivirus: - Result:

    AntiVir TR/Drop.EZ.1
    Authentium W32/Dropper.AWIC
    BitDefender Trojan.Generic.1628141
    CAT-QuickHeal TrojanDropper.BAT.ez
    Comodo TrojWare.Win32.TrojanDropper.BAT.ez
    DrWeb Trojan.StartPage.22443
    Emsisoft Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Banload!IK
    F-Prot W32/Dropper.AWIC
    F-Secure Trojan.Generic.1628141
    Fortinet 2010.09.26 -
    GData Trojan.Generic.1628141
    Ikarus Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Banload
    Jiangmin TrojanDropper.BAT.Dmenu.aj
    K7AntiVirus Trojan
    McAfee Generic Dropper!l
    McAfee-GW-Edition Generic Dropper!l
    NOD32 probably a variant of Win32/Agent.JNDFPFK
    Norman W32/Suspicious_Gen2.DUTL
    Panda Suspicious file
    PCTools Trojan.Generic
    Rising Trojan.Win32.Generic.5209E264
    Sophos Sus/Behav-1021
    Sunbelt Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
    Symantec Trojan Horse
    TrendMicro TROJ_DROPPER.OXT
    TrendMicro-HouseCall TROJ_DROPPER.OXT
    VBA32 Trojan-Dropper.Win32.BAT.ez
    VirusBuster Trojan.DR.BAT.RBWH

    Link to the scan results page :
    http://www.virustotal.com/file-scan/report.html?id=4824de7d85180ba13dfb41c1aadbb6d6683adfb8dc3216a4eaff3a199fbfb322-1285510507

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Have a trojan HORSE IT'S UNPOSSIBLLE OF TO OPEN"

    September 15, 2010  |   By rasellaguido

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    Have a trojan horse !ìdetected by McAfee

    Cons

    Have a trojan horse detected by McAfee

    Summary

    Have a trojan horse detected by McAfee

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nod32 detected win32/Agent Trojan"

    September 6, 2009  |   By xBobsx

    Version: Portable Movie Maker 2.1.4026.0

    Pros

    Could not download or extract zip file Nod 32 blocked this zip file sent suspect file to quarantine.

    Cons

    Download at your own risk

    Summary

    Notice previous reviewer had similar problem McAfee detecting malicious file to.

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