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Windows Movie Maker

Introduction


Windows Movie Maker (WMM) for Windows 7 and 8 is the next generation beyond classic versions of Movie Maker in Windows Me, XP and Vista. There are many 'under-the-hood' techie differences but I'm not a programmer and won't get into them deeply... this site is for beginners to advanced users who want to learn and do more than basics...

I'm writing this using WMM 2012 on an HP Pavilian 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium laptop, and a 64 bit HP desktop running Windows 8.

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Movie Maker classic versions were my stepping-stones from the world of analog film and camcorders into digital camcorders and non-linear computer-based editing. The newer versions take me from the world of standard definition movies to high-def.

This is about the basics of WMM and how to get the most from it. It's not to help you solve computer or Movie Maker problems.... yes, there's a big learning curve if you decide to jump into computer video editing without some previous background.

What you learn by using Movie Maker will help you if and when you use other software.

For help with startup or computer issues, use online Microsoft or third party forums.

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What's Changed?

Classic versions of Movie Maker treat items added to a project as separate objects while WMM tends to give precedence to the visual clips and anchor other objects to them. Consider transitions for example.

Other differences that emphasize how strongly anchored the visual clips are: you can't add music to a project until there's a visual clip in place... and the music stops at the end of the last visual clip, no matter how much music you have in the project.

Although you have the option to save the sounds of a project to an audio file, you can't make the project with only music files like you can with classic versions.

Here's a list of some of the more significant differences between classic and new versions...