What is Movie Maker?

Movie Maker is a software that allows you to create and edit videos. This program is manufactured by Microsoft Windows and is available for free. Movie Maker is non-linear editing software, which means that the original file that was placed on your hard drive will not be modified in any way. Movie Maker creates its own distinct video file while you are editing, so that if you want, you can create several different movies using the same footage. Various features of Movie Maker include time line narration, effects, audio track, transitions, titles and credits.

The first version of Movie Maker was released in 2000. The release of Movie Maker version 1.0 coincided with the release of Windows ME. Windows 2000 came out the same year as Windows ME, but Movie Maker was not included with this operating system.

Version 1.1 of Movie Maker came out with Windows XP, which was released in 2001. The main changes from version 1 to 1.1 were the ability to create WMV 8 and DV AVI movies. By November 2002, Movie Maker versions 2.0 and 2.1 were released, both of which included various new features. In 2005, Windows XP Media Center Edition was released. In conjunction with that operating system, Movie Maker version 2.5 was released, which added the ability to burn DVDs and a few new transitions.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista was released in 2006 and with this new operating system came a new version of Movie Maker. Movie Maker version 6.0 includes new transitions and effects and support for the file format DVR-MS. DVR-MS is the default format that Windows Media Center records television in. If you have Windows Vista Ultimate or Premium installed on your computer, then your copy of Movie Maker can capture video from HDV camcorders. Unfortunately, Movie Maker version 6.0 does not allow users to import video from webcams, analog camcorders, or VCRs.

Windows 7

Windows 7 was released in 2009. This operating system came with Windows Live Movie Maker, which is a completely different version than Movie Maker. Windows Live Movie Maker does, however, support Movie Maker files.

Movie Maker

When you open Movie Maker, you will see two different views. There is a storyboard view and a time line view. The storyboard view displays your video as a film strip, which shows the different scenes of each clip. Both of these views show a video bar, an audio bar and a titles bar. With each bar, you have the ability to edit different clips using those features. While you are able to edit each clip independently and apply different features to that specific clip, Movie Maker will combine these clips to play them together seamlessly.

Depending upon the version of Movie Maker that you have, there will be up to 63 transitions and 49 effects available. These features are placed into their own folders. To utilize any of the effects or transitions, all you have to do is drag and drop them onto the select video clip.

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