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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 140 votes out of 23 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2012
  • Total Downloads:
    3,531,656
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 04, 2013
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Note: Windows Essentials 2012 suite (and Windows Live Movie Maker) reached end of support on January 10, 2017. It is no longer available for download. Download.com offers no downloadable file and presents data for informational purposes only.

Editors' Review

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Functional freeware that's aimed squarely at the casual consumer crowd, Microsoft's Windows Live Movie Maker easily turns photos and video clips into slideshows and movies on Vista and Windows 7. However, its toolset and interface lack a certain sophistication that users of all levels would appreciate. The app comes bundled into the bulky Windows Live Essentials suite of apps; to separate it out, you'll need to uncheck the other boxes before installing.

Like Microsoft Office 2007 apps, Windows Live Movie Maker tucks its actions and menus into a visual ribbon. You'll get started dragging and dropping video clips and photos into the storyboard. You could finish a minute later with a click of the AutoMovie button, which populates the movie with a title, transitions, and pan and zoom effects. It'll also prompt you to add a song from the hard drive. Automating movies is handy, especially for time-restricted users. After all, you can always tweak later with the help of the menu tabs.

The intermediate photo-, audio-, and video-editing features are sparse--you can split and trim videos, fade songs in and out, and pick a start and end point for audio and video. The publishing and sharing options are better thought out. Windows Live Movie Maker can e-mail a finished video, burn it to DVD, or upload it to YouTube or Facebook (with a plug-in). Videos also save in HD format for your TV (standard or wide screen), and can convert to a mobile-phone-friendly format.

All in all, Windows Live Movie Maker is decent freeware that lives up to its promise of making movies fast. You won't find many advanced tools, but more ambitious types can still create interesting videos and slideshows.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2012
  • Support for recording voiceovers was restored, along with an audio mixer and integration with several free stock music services.
  • H.264/MP4 is now the default export format, replacing Windows Media Video.
  • Support for uploading to Vimeo was added.
  • Hardware accelerated video stabilization was added for Windows 8 users.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date May 14, 2013
Date Added October 04, 2013
Version 2012
Category
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Editing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements DirectX 9
Download Information
File Size 1.18MB
File Name wlsetup-web.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,531,656
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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