Windows Movie Maker 2012

Solid, free video editor from Microsoft

  • Version:

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Program by:

    Microsoft

6.8
1237 Vote(s)

Using Windows Move Maker 2012 allows you to turn Video clips and images turn into movies with one of the simplest workflows offered by video production software. Microsoft has clearly aimed to increase accessibility with the masses with Movie Maker 2012 and its user-friendly interface. Users of all skill levels can produce home movies with relative amounts of polish.

Video Timeline

Most of Windows Movie Maker 2012's interface has an emphasis on its timeline feature. The program invites users to click on the timeline to browse for audio and video files to add to a new project. You can also drop media directly into the timeline.

Sorting the order of your media consist of dragging and dropping them inside of the timeline. Movie Maker 2012's preview menu lies next to the timeline, offering you the ability to check your project's progress at anytime.

Editing Tools

Movie Maker 2012's editing tools are split over the "Edit" and "Home" tabs. Users can find basic editing tools like "Rotate," "Copy" and "Paste" under the Home tab, while they can find Movie Maker 2012's more advanced toolsthe Edit tab. Advanced tools include split, trim, video stabilization, speed and duration.

Transitions and Visual Effects

The overuse or conservative use of transitions and video effects can make or break a video project by elevating it into a professional-grade production or relegating it to a distracting mess. Movie Maker 2012 offers a several transitions and visual effects, many of which are reminiscent of PowerPoint effects. However, there are some standard effects you can use to produce a tasteful, contemporary video. Notable transitions include "Crossfade" and "Pan," while laudable effects include "Black and White" and "Sepia."

Audio

Movie Maker 2012 allows you to drop audio directly on top of videos in the program's timeline. You can also record audio for your video using narration feature under the program's Home tab. The audio appears beneath the video feed so that you can visualize the audio's duration and compare it to the length of your videos. The Edit tab includes editing tools for audio, enabling you to use fade effects and adjust the speed of your audio.

The Verdict

Windows Movie Maker 2012 is perfect for composing home videos in short amounts of time. It provides all the tools necessary to generate a quality video production. If you're looking for more advance editing tools and support for third-party plug-ins, you'll have to look further than Movie Maker 2012. However, Movie Maker 2012 offers a lot of editing power when considering the program is free.

Pros

  • Intuitive interface
  • Rounded group of effects
  • Support a variety of media files

Cons

  • No support for third-party plugins
  • has only one video track
  • while rounded, the effects cache is small

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