Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

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.

CNET Editors' review

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 - Create slideshows from your photos - Download Video Previews:

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • VLC Media Player
    Play audio and video files in real-time and streaming modes.
    Download Or, Learn More About VLC Media Player

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • GOM Media Player
    Play video files of multiple video formats.
    Download Or, Learn More About GOM Media Player

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • UMPlayer
    Play virtually any media file in open-source cross-platform mul...
    Download Or, Learn More About UMPlayer

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Media Player Codec ...
    Play various types of video, audio, movie, music files in Media...
    Download Or, Learn More About Media Player Codec Pack

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • KMPlayer
    Play digital media of various formats including incomplete, par...
    Download Or, Learn More About KMPlayer

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Elycs
    Back up media to Blu-ray discs and access your media via HTTP p...
    Download Or, Learn More About Elycs

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • DVD Maker
    Burn videos to DVD disc or generate ISO files.
    Download Or, Learn More About DVD Maker

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Aoao Video Watermar...
    Add watermarks to your videos.
    Download Or, Learn More About Aoao Video Watermark Pro

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Any Video Converter...
    Convert video and YouTube to AVI, WMV, MP4, FLV, MP3, burn vide...
    Download Or, Learn More About Any Video Converter Freeware

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Aiseesoft MTS Conve...
    Convert MTS and other popular video/audio files to any video an...
    Download Or, Learn More About Aiseesoft MTS Converter

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • 4Videosoft MKV Vide...
    Convert MKV videos to AVI, WMV, FLV, MP4 for playback on popula...
    Download Or, Learn More About 4Videosoft MKV Video Converter

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • VLC Media Player Po...
    Play audio and video files on the go.
    Download Or, Learn More About VLC Media Player Portable

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Sothink Video Conve...
    Convert all video/audio formats with high definition and top sp...
    Download Or, Learn More About Sothink Video Converter Pro

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Windows 7 Codec Pac...
    Play 99.9 percent of files with a collection of codecs for Wind...
    Download Or, Learn More About Windows 7 Codec Pack

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • 4Videosoft HD Conve...
    Convert general videos and HD videos to your desired HD formats...
    Download Or, Learn More About 4Videosoft HD Converter

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • RealPlayer Cloud
    Discover and play online videos, download, save, organize, and ...
    Download Or, Learn More About RealPlayer Cloud

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Nero 2014 Platinum
    Capture, convert, and consume movies, music and photos for the ...
    Download Or, Learn More About Nero 2014 Platinum

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SMPlayer
    Play any video and audio file including Youtube clips without t...
    Download Or, Learn More About SMPlayer

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Xinfire Video Conve...
    Convert your videos to different video file formats.
    Download Or, Learn More About Xinfire Video Converter Pro

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Free Movie DVD Make...
    Create and convert video to DVD with quality.
    Download Or, Learn More About Free Movie DVD Maker

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Streamingstar Video...
    Capture and record video from your screen.
    Download Or, Learn More About Streamingstar Video Capture

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Xilisoft Movie Make...
    Create movies from camcorder videos and common videos.
    Download Or, Learn More About Xilisoft Movie Maker

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVCHD to MP4 Conver...
    Convert AVCHD video files to MP4 format.
    Download Or, Learn More About AVCHD to MP4 Converter

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Burn DVD / CD - Fli...
    Burn, copy, write and erase your DVD / CD.
    Download Or, Learn More About Burn DVD / CD - Fliperac

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews

Results 1-10 of 121

  • 2.0 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.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 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...)

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "UTTER GARBAGE & CUSTOMER SUPPORT IS WORSE"

    February 7, 2014  |   By fielding00

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

    Pros

    that's funny.

    Cons

    I worked pretty much all day yesyerday putting together a slideshow and everything worked fine, video & audio. Today I go to open it and I can't hear the audio. The green bar is there showing me it is playing but I can't hear it. Tried drivers, codecs, converting formats, blah blah blah. Then spent a lovely few hours getting completely jerked around by a very polite but clueless customer support. I'm so mad right now I've sworn never to buy another microsoft piece of garbage ever again. The money you save just ends up biting you in the butt.

    Summary

    By all means download this product if you enjoy pounding nails into your head.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 3.0 stars

    "You get what you pay for"

    February 3, 2014  |   By MrTommy

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

    Pros

    It's free.
    You can throw something together quickly, provided you can figure out how to make stuff work.
    It's better than nothing (but barely).

    Cons

    Almost impossible to find any kind of instructions or help on how to use this.
    You can't just cut 'film' where you want to. It divides your video into sections and you can cut at those sections - and ONLY at those sections.

    Summary

    As I said in my one-line summary, you get what you pay for. Since you pay nothing for this, you get just a tad more than nothing IN this.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 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!!!!!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 2.0 stars

    "No sound after editing"

    November 22, 2013  |   By lyrkerabove

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

    Pros

    It's free.

    Cons

    It removed all sound after editing.
    Settings are not intuitive, even for someone who's used video editors before.

    Summary

    I took a home video in AVI format and tried to edit it. It had sound before I started. When I trimmed just the blank space at the beginning, it lost all sound. Adjusting the settings did nothing. The original video still sounds perfectly fine so please don't assume I muted my speakers or internal sound. The video doesn't contain any music or added sound or anything copyrighted. It's just people talking in my home. Why the sound's gone is impossible to track down because there's virtually no support for the thing apart from Microsoft's typical generic non-answers. Checking the 'net led to a bunch of folks posting about the same problem with no solution in sight.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "Locks up my laptop"

    October 20, 2013  |   By FlaBirdWoman

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2012

    Pros

    It's Free.

    Cons

    Doesn't work on Quicktime movies; locks up my laptop.

    Summary

    I'm uninstalling it.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "Unusable. I installed it for about thirty minutes."

    September 26, 2013  |   By natfunk71

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2011

    Pros

    It is Free.

    Cons

    Horrible UI. Totally counter-intuitive.

    Summary

    I normally use Sony Vegas Video, but I had a quick video to make on someone else's machine. I figured this software would do the job. No good.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "Dangerous to your computer and your videos!"

    September 1, 2013  |   By AnnoyedatMicrosoft

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2011

    Pros

    A pretty litttle Trojan horse.

    Cons

    If you try to upgrade, but you decide that you don't like Microsoft's intrusive new policies and/or don't want additional software that Microsoft wants to force on you, then Microsoft will bar you from using the prior version of the software that you ALREARY PAID FOR! Further, if you try to use system restore to delete the upgrade and go back to using your old version of the software, your computer CRASHES! Then, if and when your startup procedure repairs itself, your original version of the software STILL doesn't work, and all the videos that you were editing with Movie Maker are trapped in limbo. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SOFTWARE! It basically steals your existing home videos and holds them hostage unless you agree to accept an upgrade that installs other unwanted and intrusive software.

    Summary

    A thieving Orwellian intrusion on innocent people who just want to edit their home videos in peace.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "WINDOWS CRASHING MOVIE MAKER"

    August 29, 2013  |   By CHOSEN-WORLD

    Version: Windows Live Movie Maker 2011

    Pros

    It is free...

    Cons

    I have wasted so much of my time this past year with hang ups [not responding] that I now seek a paid for alternate product for my Win 7 64 bit laptop.

    Summary

    If you are staying with tiny files it works most of the time.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

Results 1-10 of 121

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Windows Live Movie Maker 2011
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for Windows Live Movie Maker

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

This download is served from an external site

close

NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

Continue to download

Sponsored Products

Or, Learn More About Windows Live Movie Maker

Installed

Smart Install
Windows Live Movie Maker