Windows Movie Maker Video Editing Software

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UPDATE: Movie Maker was free video editing software that came with new PCs. It was typically used by beginning video editors. With Windows Movie Maker, you could edit and share video and audio files easily on your home PC.

Did Movie Maker Run on My Computer?

Versions of Movie Maker were available for Windows 7, Vista and XP users. Most computers meet the minimum operating requirements for Movie Maker, but those doing a lot of editing needed a good video editing computer.

Will Movie Maker Work With My Video Format?

Movie Maker supported most video formats, whether a user was working with full quality HD or compressed Flash or cell phone video. If Movie Maker didn't support a video format, users could easily use downloadable video compression software to convert it to .avi, which was the preferred format for Movie Maker.

All About Windows Movie Maker

If you were a PC user, Movie Maker was the place to get started with your video editing. Often, Movie Maker was already installed on a computer. If not, it could be downloaded as the Movie Maker version right for the user, 2.1 for XP users, 2.6 for Vista users, and Windows Live Movie Maker for Windows 7.

Movie Maker offered many video filters, special effects and titles, and allowed users to edit videos, photos and audio.

The Basics of Video Editing

Even though Windows Movie Maker is no more, there are still t​hree great – and free – alternatives.

​ Use one of them as you work through these basics.

First of all, ask yourself: do I need to edit my video? The answer should always be yes. Even if you want to post a clip as it was shot, putting the footage through a video editing suite allows you the power and freedom to clean things up a little bit.

Some possible things that you might choose to do with your first video editing project is to add a fade on and fade off to a clip. To do this, you'll need to use the Multiple Effects option to choose the appropriate fade (Fade in from black, Fade in from White, Fade out to black, Fade out to white). This option can be found in Visual Effects tab, click the drop-down arrow in the Effects panel then select Multiple Effects.

Try this first, then start researching more elaborate effects. Try doing a cross dissolve between two clips. Try adjusting the audio levels of your clip. Try adjusting the brightness, hue and saturation.

The bottom line is, see what your platform is capable of and get experimenting. Once you're comfortable, try to create a video with a beginning, middle and end, composed of multiple video clips. Add transitions throughout - or leave the hard cuts when you're not changing scenes - then adjust the color of the clips and try to balance out your audio levels.

When you're ready, start working on adding titles. That's when things get really exciting. In the meantime, have fun and happy cutting!