Windows Live Movie Maker

Windows Live Movie Maker

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.2
out of 131 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2012
  • Total Downloads:
    2,274,815
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 04, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.18MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,379
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link will download Windows Live Essentials. An installation window lets you choose to install Windows Live Movie Maker and any other Windows Live applications. To install Movie Maker only, deselect the other boxes.

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.0

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star 1
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    2.2

    out of 131 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 22
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 18
    • 1 star 64
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1 stars

"Total muddle"

February 19, 2015  |  By boscoboy7

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

absolutely none

Cons

you get WLMP files with which you can do nothing except lose your original project

Summary

Microsoft garbage - again

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1 stars

"It's Always Gotta be Something with this Thing"

February 15, 2015  |  By Midget54

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

Pros:
It makes videos(ish).

Cons

Cons:
-Used it for a year as my only option for video editing, and out of the blue has decided to not even play the ******* video.
-Barely anything can be done in the way of actually EDITING a video.
-You can't add image or video overlays, the old version could at least pull that **** off.
-Brightness adjustment but no one though that a contrast adjustment would be worth the 5 minutes it would've taken to add it.
-99% of the solutions to make it actually work are 100% useless
-Freezing
-Freezing
-Freezing
-Dragging the end marker to the end of a clip while trimming a video will cause the program to stop responding.
-Uninspired in every sense of the word.
-Can't edit the transition durations of text, but you can edit durations for video transitions.
-I wanna die.

Summary

Why does this exist?

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1 stars

"Awful if you're looking for something other than BASIC!"

December 30, 2014  |  By pixelsofinfinity

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

WARNING this is seriously a waste of time if you're looking for something really professional . Anyway I used this for several years to create really simplistic lyric videos and videos with just music and a title the entire way through, for youtube. I guess its OK and isn't entirely bad- it's just wayy too limited if you're looking to even do something simple like adding an image on top of a video. Once you get the hang of it you can make lyric videos with a LOT of patience. I guess you pay for what you get. In this case, it's free, so you won't lose any money but you will lose your time.

Cons

- Timing sync between audio and video is often off and plays up a lot. Takes a lot of patience to actually get the sync correct.
-Crashes a lot "Movie Maker had to close unexpectedly". I end up having to always save after EVERY action which is irritating -__-
- Cannot add videos/images on top of videos
- Cannot add multiple audio tracks on top of each other
- Cannot add two different text sizes in the same place
[-cannot add two different texts at the same place in the timeline]
-Freezes so you have to be patient if it stops and starts again
-Not many effects, although you can zoom in gradually you can't crop videos or images
-I'm sure i could think of tons more cons but i'm in a hurry coz i'm looking for another alternative atm!!

Summary

I've finally given up on this software after ages. Having trouble finding alternatives....fingers crossed there is something better than this that is still free! If you're going to use this...good luck :)

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2 stars

"Doesnt save"

December 09, 2014

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

its easy to use and has some nice stuff

Cons

it doesnt save! i tried saving my file as a mp4 file but movie maker didnt do anything, i tried to open my project the next day and everything was GONE

Summary

ITS GARBAGE DONT USE IT

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1 stars

"one piece of MicoSh!t"

November 12, 2014  |  By hi ho 2 U

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

free and works (barely)

Cons

It screwed up my setting on my win7 computer and took me 3 hours to undue the screw up.

Summary

Total MicroSh!t garbage made by the people who gave you vista and win8. find something else.

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5 stars

"Great product, fast and easy"

October 21, 2014  |  By EngelhardtAsakura

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

Really easy to use even for beginner like me does what you want!

Cons

Haven't found any cause i'm just a beginner.

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4 stars

"creativity made easy"

May 27, 2014  |  By Joelhers

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

I have been trying for days to bring a simple idea together (about cropping and zooming in a video) with another program. I decided to give it a shot, and in minutes finished a short video. Wonder Easy should be the name for this product

Cons

I Just Got The Update Today... Thank You For Listening To My Suggestions On How To Make The Program Better

Summary

Just updated the video editor to the newest version and found there a lot of templates and special effects added. That's fantastic.
FYI there is a portable version of Windows Live Movie Maker, which can be found here: http://bit.do/Windows-Live-Movie-Maker

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3 stars

"Easy to use but there issues"

May 12, 2014  |  By MacCool

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

Easy to use. Compared to VideoPad or Premiere, WLMM has a simple interface and I was able to edit movies within a minute or so of importing video. Cutting is as simple as selecting the start and end points then clicking the scissors icon. There are more than enough transitions and animations for the casual user.

Cons

The output video.
Sound editing is very basic.
Supposed to support 3GP video but it doesn't really, the audio will be lost unless you convert it first with something like FreeMake.

Summary

So far I have not been able to find a combination of settings that produce acceptable quality output video. The resulting video just doesn't look good but I'm not giving up yet. My needs are simple video and sound editing and WLMM would be perfect if the resulting video didn't look so crappy.

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1 stars

"Complete Junk"

May 05, 2014  |  By Jamie_H

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

Free. Can't think of anything else.

Cons

Total downgrade from previous versions. Locks you into crappy audio bitrates that renders it completely useless as anything other than as a toy.

Summary

Inexplicably crippled by Microsoft for unexplained reasons. Doesn't even make sense because they don't appear to have a competing product. Just par for the course from Redmond these days.

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2 stars

"Spent more time waiting for the saving than editing"

March 17, 2014  |  By lord_huumongous

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

easy to figure out (trial and error)

Cons

autosave took way too long.
publishing took just as long.
terrible user manual (might as well not have one)
no options in the options menu.
can't use while saving or publishing.
never found any kind of file converter.

Summary

came with my PC. used it to make some gaming videos. pretty easy to figure out but the auto save feature before you can publish (youtube) took hours and hours for a 20-30 minute video, then to publish took just as long (which I didn't have an issue with due to the HD quality). If it wasn't for the long autosave's I wouldn't have a problem with this. glad I didn't have to buy it.

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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 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008
Additional Requirements DirectX 9
Download Information
File Size 1.18MB
File Name wlsetup-web.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 2,274,815
Downloads Last Week 9,379
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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