Windows Movie Maker is an extremely common free video editing software program. For years, it has come bundled with Microsoft operating systems on all new PCs. (I hear that’s about to change…but that’s another post!)
Being a Microsoft freebie, WMM is everywhere, which makes it the logical choice for beginning video editors. It’s not a bad little program, it gives you what you need without overwhelming you with tons of choices and options. I recommend it to newcomers all the time. Even if you want to go further into editing video, learning Windows Movie Maker first will make learning a program like Sony Vegas easier later on. Like cars, video editing software shares basic features and techniques so you wouldn’t be wasting your time learning Movie Maker, no matter what program you graduate to.
Movie Maker is easy to use and will perform basic video editing functions. It will allow you to add pictures, narration, music or other sounds, titles and transitions to your video. It has limited digital effects. Movie maker will allow you to re-arrange clips and trim out the bad stuff. (Take 93…get it right this time, will ya?)
Windows Movie Maker also has video conversion features so you can convert your video into a file format that can be uploaded to the web or burned onto a disc.
Like all video editing software programs, Movie Maker is laid out on your screen with multiple windows including:
- Time Line
- Story board layout
- Viewer window
- Task pane
- Output Window
Before you can navigate your way comfortably through any video editing program, you need to understand what all these windows do and how they work together. Some of them occupy the same screen area so they must be switched on and off to show whichever you need at the moment.
If you take a few minutes to watch the video demonstration I produced, you will discover the basics about Windows Movie Maker that will help you better use the program.
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