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Windows Live Movie Maker

Free
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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 136 votes out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2012
  • Total Downloads:
    2,890,402
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 04, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.18MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14,385
  • 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

    1.9

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star 1
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    2.2

    out of 136 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 22
    • 3 star 18
    • 2 star 19
    • 1 star 67
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1 stars

"I want to punch this program in the face"

February 08, 2016  |  By maceracer

2016-02-08 17:58:02  |  By maceracer

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

Easy to use. Had the basic features I needed.

Cons

Full of bugs, some fixable, some fatal.

Summary

This program is evil. It lures you in with its easy-to-use interface. So you spend several hours creating a snazzy video compilation. Before you finish, however, the program crashes and corrupts your project. That's what happened to me anyway. Worse than useless.

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3 stars

"Good. Worth the download and easy"

February 01, 2016  |  By Connorman1995

2016-02-01 17:46:34  |  By Connorman1995

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

Good video/audio quality
Easy to use.

Cons

CPU w*o*e, but at least the video is good quality. go to taskmanager and reduce the priority, and if you have multiple CPU cores, use one so you can use your pc while it's working.

Summary

Good software.

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2 stars

"Simple to use but too many necessary functions left out"

January 25, 2016  |  By nsbeachgirl

2016-01-25 10:52:49  |  By nsbeachgirl

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

Simple interface
Easy to get started and understand features

Cons

You cannot combine two clips. Once you have edited one clip then edited the next piece, you cannot combine them into one clip. I have tried saving in several different formats and Movie Maker will not let me import the clips it created - telling me that it is not a recognized format! Well, Movie Maker, you just created it - what the heck?

Summary

If you just want to put in a title page or trim a single clip, then this is for you. If you want to take a few of your clips and join them together, you cannot edit them as a group. Nor can you edit them individually and then join them together at the end. Very disappointing!!!!!

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1 stars

"clomplete crap!!!!"

April 29, 2015  |  By BGallant

2015-04-29 15:38:54  |  By BGallant

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

None!!!!! Crapola

Cons

pice a crap always was stick ay whay you no best OS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1 stars

"Horrible Movie Maker."

April 11, 2015  |  By Gabriel Ferrer

2015-04-11 15:28:11  |  By Gabriel Ferrer

 |  Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

Pros

- Very basic movie maker (not too complicate and hard)
- Most of the effects and animation are decent.

Cons

- The music that you put was skipped like a few moments and making the music inaccurate beginning playing time.
- No autosave feature (I have to start over because it randomly freeze or crashed for no reason)
- Blank black screen glitch (Occurs if I add too many video that is less than 1 sec long)
- Can't put 2 captions or more at the same time. Including putting 2 SFX or music.
- Boring font: Segoe UI, is there a feature that automatically picks cool fonts that you want everytime you put captions?
- After you replace a missing music or sounds, the other music and sounds you put were moved to the left.
-Lack of cool fonts (like you put a cool glowing fonts or a 3D fonts, but in here they don't have it.)

Summary

Try using other good movie makers because they don't have more glitches.

Don't get Window Live Movie Maker, it's failed to make this movie maker very successful. Plus, Window Live Movie Maker = Garbage.

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1 stars

"Total muddle"

February 19, 2015  |  By boscoboy7

2015-02-19 14:12:50  |  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

2015-02-15 17:24:50  |  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

2014-12-30 08:57:59  |  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

2014-12-09 10:31:22

 |  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

2014-11-12 05:52:16  |  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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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 2,890,402
Downloads Last Week 14,385
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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