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Windows Movie Maker

by PapaJohn

Riding the waves of classic versions of Windows Movie Maker, the new versions of Windows Movie Maker (starting with Windows Live Movie Maker followed by WMM 2011 and WMM 2012) began a new era.

The new versions were programmed from the ground up using lessons learned from previous versions and users, not tweaked from the latest classic version 6 in Vista. If you're an experienced user of earlier 'classic' versions of Windows Movie Maker, or just beginning with Windows Movie Maker 2011 or 2012, this section of the website will help.

As an active user of Movie Maker since it was first released, and a Microsoft MVP in the multimedia area for 13 years, it's been a long time since I moved beyond my personal 'problem-solving' phase and focused on 'doing amazing things'. It's not that problems have gone away (they haven't)... it's more that I've learned which ones are usual and how to work around them.

Those familiar with the classic versions often express disappointment with the newer ones. However, the more I use them, the more I appreciate and like how much the underlying video rendering engine and editing features have advanced. And the classic ones are not totally gone as you can use the Vista version MM2.6 on Windows 7, 8 and 10 without conflicting with a newer version.


Here's a popular video made with WMM 2011 and other apps in my Windows 7 video toolbox... mainly MM2.6 and the Pixelan Pan/Zoom wizard.

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Movie Maker is a basic video editor. As you get into video editing and want or need something more than the basics you'll need to use other software and hardware. I believe in building a personal 'toolbox' of things that work for you. Computers are almost as different from each other as their users are.

As Windows versions come and go the contents of the toolbox changes. For example, as movies are often high-def you might leave your regular DVD making software behind and get into making Blue Ray or AVCHD HD discs. Or like me, don't make discs and upload your videos to an online host such as vimeo or YouTube.

I havn't left the classic versions of Movie Maker behind. There are still uses for each of them. On my Windows 7, 8 and 10 computers I run MM2.6 and Windows Movie Maker 2012, and sometimes call on MM1, MM2.1 and MM6 from earlier Windows versions.

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I wrote 'Movie Maker 2 - Do Amazing Things', published in 2003, using Movie Maker 2 in XP. It's still a good reference for users of classic versions on XP and Vista, and those using MM2.6 on Windows 7 or 8.

It's distributed by O'Reilly and available from them or others as a printed or e-book.

But it won't help much on the newer versions. That's why I added this section to my website.

I'm currently using Movie Maker 2012 on Windows 7, 8 and 10 computers and appreciate suggestions and comments. Please post them to the facebook Windows Movie Maker group...

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Windows Movie Maker

Table of Contents



Editing Memories

Software Toolbox

Windows Movie Maker... the basics