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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Zune HD and Windows Phone Output Profile Now Included in Windows Live Movie Maker

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 12:22 AM

In 2008, I was involved in an early beta of the new Windows Live Movie Maker, and I interacted with a friendly Microsoft Product Manager for that program. When the Zune HD came out, I started a little email campaign to get Windows Live Movie Maker to support the Zune HD with an optimized output profile - I really wanted to see Microsoft support their own product.

If you look to the left, I've taken a screenshot of the Mobile Device output profiles from the new Windows Live Movie Maker beta (a.k.a. Wave 4), and wouldn't you know it, there are output profiles for the Zune HD device, and the Zune HD 720p profile, for video output via the dock. Sweet!

I'm not claiming credit for this of course - it wouldn't have been added unless many people asked for the same thing - but hopefully my attempts to connect the right person on the Zune team to the right person on the Windows Live Movie Maker team helped move things along. You'll also notice they've added two Windows Phone profiles - another great sign that the Windows Live Movie Maker team is paying attention to what the rest of Microsoft is doing, and making attempts to be in sync.

This has been a historic flaw of Microsoft's; previous versions of Windows Movie Maker were still using 320 x 240 Pocket PC profiles from five years ago. It's like no one on that team was told newer and better devices had come out, and they weren't called Pocket PCs any more.

Unfortunately, the Windows Live Photo Gallery team didn't get the memo - unless I'm mistaken, there's still no way to batch resize (or resize even one photo) to a Zune HD-sized screen or a Windows Phone screen. Since the Zune software will resize the photos upon sync for the Zune HD, this isn't much of a problem - but neither ActiveSync nor Windows Mobile Device Center will resize images today for Windows Phones, so this is a clear oversight. Guess I'll keep using Picasa for that! Read more...


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, August 31, 2009

Add Video Across Your Network Using Windows Live Movie Maker

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 03:09 PM

http://www.withinwindows.com/2009/0...to-movie-maker/

"Windows Live Movie Maker, having started off as a glass hammer, has made significant strides in the areas of functionality and usability. If you haven't already pushed all the buttons in the new release, I recommend you check out Paul's thorough review.Bozo. What were you thinking? While playing around with Movie Maker, I tried to import some video content stored on my HP MediaSmart. Just my luck, it's not supported. As you can plainly see on the right, Microsoft suggests I copy my content - which could theoretically be gigabytes in size - to my local disk. Uh. How about no?"

This is one of those rare occasions where I'm going to post about an article, but caution you against following what it says: when you work with any sort of file across a network, if even the slightest thing goes wrong with the thousands of packets flying back and forth, you can end up with a corrupted output file, or a corrupted project. It might be OK for smaller video files (say, under 100 MB) but if you're using huge video files across your network, the odds of a bit flipping here or there and causing problems will increase. This is one of those "proceed at your own risks" type of tips.


Friday, August 21, 2009

Windows Live Movie Maker Controls the Horizontal and Vertical

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:30 AM

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/wlmm.asp

"Well, with the release of the final shipping version of Windows Live Movie Maker 1.0, those days are behind us. And what we see is a product that is much more in keeping with the lofty expectations that were established with its predecessors, but reimagined for the needs of today. It's the right movie editing and sharing solution at the right time, and if you've been collecting short home movies and scads of photos but weren't clear on how you could get them in front of friends and family in a quick and easy but high quality way, look no further."

The original Windows Movie Maker that came with Windows Millenium Edition was much maligned as was the OS that came with it. It has been nine years, and while many have dismissed it as a toy editor, Microsoft is hoping to change that with its latest iteration. Paul Thurrott gives a pretty thorough review of Windows Live Movie Maker, taking the time to point out some very neat features such as 1080p support, easy video creation and even YouTube integration. If you're looking for a free program that makes home movies and have Vista or Windows 7, check out the review!


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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