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Windows Live Movie Maker

CNET 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.

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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.

Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0:

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.2 stars

    out of 121 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 21
    • 3 star: 16
    • 2 star: 17
    • 1 star: 58
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 15
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't understand this mess"

    February 15, 2014  |   By _azer_azer

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    ???????????

    Cons

    I don't understand how to (easily) place sound tracks (it was so easy with the early versions !)

    Summary

    XP version was cool, this one is a mess. MS Office 2003 was good, recent versions are ugly. Thanks Bill. Each time a "powerful new version ^^" is provided, I change a MS software for another (MS Office -> Libre Office & Latex, Outlook-> Thunderbird, Explorer->Clover, etc... and perhaps in the future, Windows->Linux...)

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Why Windows Movie Maker?"

    January 29, 2014  |   By maclover2014

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    Simple for the normal noob

    Cons

    Everything! It edits poorly, it will not respond when you want it to and it looks like a cheap movie from Microsoft!!!!!!

    Summary

    Pretty much, I HATE MOVIE MAKER, use iMovie, Sony Vegas, or Adobe After Effects!!!!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Older version was better"

    April 12, 2013  |   By Aaron_Wilde

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    Some good transitions and effects. Quality of finished product is good.

    Cons

    Lack of precise editing. I know that sounds hard to believe, so I'll be clear. You cannot click on an exact point in the movie as you could in XP! Why would that make it easier to make a movie? It makes it HARDER! EVEN BEGINNERS WANT TO BE PRECISE. And that is where you went wrong, microsoft. There is no room for anyone getting beyond being a beginner with this limiting software, so a slightly creative or experienced user is going to dump it like a ton of bricks. It isn't even intuitive for a new user, just clunkily simple. I use my old machine and the XP version because you could see the time line. You could drag a clip into another to dissolve. It was intuitive and flowed. This new version feels like it is forcing everything into a little box, forcing you to click here not there, making you guess where you are editing. I thoughht drag and drop was he future. Just when microsoft (nearly) mastered it with MovieMaker XP, they go and screw it up.

    Summary

    Less freedom to work in a flowing, precise way than the previous version!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I really hate Windows Live Movie Maker .."

    January 15, 2012  |   By ChibiPaulinee

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    - Good for noobs/beginners .
    - Better Quality .

    Cons

    - It can't overlap videos/pictures and that's extra annoying .
    - Not much effects or things to do , but mostly , the worst thing is it can't overlap videos , and i really need that for dance videos .

    Summary

    Overall . If it only could overlap , then maybe I would like it better .

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Just Awful"

    September 29, 2010  |   By rinitytay

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    Looks simple to use for someone who doesn't care that it sucks.

    Cons

    No timeline is my biggest concern. ***

    Summary

    Just awful. No timeline. Useless.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Better than original"

    September 16, 2010  |   By darkside2205

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    it basically has tons more features than the original does

    Cons

    very few of the old features are missing such as some transitions

    Summary

    its pretty awesome but if you want to make a good movie, get both this and the original so you have the functions of both. This one is much easier to export from and is easier to use but is missing some features

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Download sucks"

    September 3, 2010  |   By leadfoot1000

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    I have always liked Windows Live Movie Maker. I have no trouble doing anything I wanted to do. I think it is great.

    Cons

    The downloads will download, but installing is a problem. No matter what you do it will not install on either computer I have or update. It will not install on Windows 7 and Vista has it installed as part of the software that comes with the computer.

    Summary

    The movie maker I love to work with. But the bottom line is that Microsoft needs to get of there back sides and get the software to work right on downloads and on installing the program for the first time and for updating. Since I can't get it to install on Windows 7 and can't get it to update on Vista. The Windows Live Movie Maker and Microsoft SUCK to beat hell. If they can't get there software right. Then good bye Microsoft and hello Apple. Which once I touched and looked hard at it. Apple is better.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Couldn't open my video uploads!"

    August 17, 2010  |   By royholcomb

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    I'm going to do a re-install if I ever get time and then I may be able to honestly review this software, but at this time I can't provide any pros.

    Cons

    I wasn't able to open any content that was uploaded from my camera. Unfortunately the entire purpose for my downloading this app was to produce YouTube videos from footage shot with my camera.
    They REALLY want you to have that idiotic Bing toolbar.

    Summary

    Unfortunately, since I couldn't open any video content with this app, I couldn't build a video with it and therefore I can't actually review it. I may get a chance to try again later but I don't feel very hopeful that it will perform any differently.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "very difficult and horrible!!:("

    July 16, 2010  |   By gerawa

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    it is pure rubbish.

    Cons

    old version of windows movie maker(vista) easy and better from this new version!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "basic movie maker"

    May 9, 2010  |   By Pythagore10

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0

    Pros

    simple, easy

    Cons

    not many possibilities

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