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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Windows Live Movie Maker: "Wave 4" Beta Released

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.lehsys.com/2010/06/revie...4-beta-awesome/

"The Windows Live team recently released the beta version of the Windows Live Essentials. I'm trying to go through and mine out/examine as much as I can on the best parts of the application and show the improvements in the latest version. And as much as some people will hate to hear this, this release of Windows Live Movie Maker [WLMM] is outstanding."

Microsoft has released the Windows Live Essentials "Wave 4" Beta, which includes seven applications, including Sync, Messenger, Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker, but removes support for Windows XP. As indicated by the quotation above, Lehsys.com has written a very positive review of the Windows Live Movie Maker beta. The review covers - albeit briefly - some ten program features, which makes it worthwhile reading for anyone considering giving Movie Maker a go. The screen shot above is taken from an earlier release of Movie Maker (the beta adds a tab for "Music Tools"), which I have found simple enough to use, although seemingly with fewer features than Adobe's Premiere Elements (which, of course, is not free!). If you currently use Movie Maker, do the improvements promised for the "Wave 4" release sound promising? Or, if you do not use Movie Maker, do you see anything in the new release that might change your mind?


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Windows Live Movie Maker Walk Through

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.youtube.com/user/WindowsVideos

The first Windows Live Movie Maker beta that came out was so bad, I called it alpha software. It was so limited, it was useless for anything but making the most basic slide-shows. Fast forward a year, and the product is still in beta - Microsoft doesn't do anything fast it seems - but it has far more features, and is quite useful right now...especially if you're using it on a Windows 7-based system that has full codec support for MPEG4/h.264 video files. Unfortunately the program is still very Microsoft-centric in that it only outputs to WMV, but thankfully they've included HD WMV outputs, so even if you have to transcode it to another format later, at least you'll start with great quality.

The video above is a nice walk through of the product, so if you haven't used the new version of the software, watch the video and I bet you'll want to take it for a spin!


Monday, June 8, 2009

The Future of Windows Live Movie Maker

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:55 PM

http://windowslivewire.spaces.live....D59!41131.entry

"When we set out to build Windows Live Movie Maker, we heard loud and clear that people wanted their movies to simply look better with less effort. In order to meet customers' needs, we first looked at how people were using Windows Movie Maker in Vista. What we found was that most movies were quite simple - often just a set of pictures with captions and a soundtrack with occasional small clips of lightly edited video with transitions. We also discovered that many people found the approach of Microsoft Photo Story 3 to be a great solution and loved the ease of selecting pictures, a soundtrack, and adding a narration track over their photos with basic animations. Increasingly, we found people publishing movies to popular video sharing sites to share with friends and family (in addition to occasionally creating DVDs)."

Mike Torres, the Lead Program Manager on the Windows Live Movie Maker team, has posted a great blog entry about where the software is at, what they've learned from the initial beta they released a few months back, and what kinds of things (in general terms) users can expect to see from the software when Torres' team releases the next version. I just hope they don't name it Bing Movie Maker!


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