Windows Movie Maker – A Review

When it comes to the simpler way to combine clips to form a movie with titles, background music, transitions, and effects, Windows Movie Maker has been a top choice of video editors. With tools like voice over recording and even anti-shake has entered into the software which made it a very useful editor. However, it still lacks a large number of effects and tools in comparison to other best video editing software.


Movie Maker uses a very simple version of standard video editor timeline along with clips which are represented by “long thumbnails”. The thumbnail tracks provide options to show the audio waveforms along the bottom, such that you can where are the quiet and loud parts of your video. You also get five different size choices for the thumbs, along with zoom control at the bottom to let you stretch out these clip representation. You can easily trim and split clips by using the cursor insertion point combined with available edit buttons.

You can also stop and start playback with the space bar. It also provides three control buttons, play/pause, step back and forward one frame.

The major attractive feature of Movie Maker is that most of the transitions, effects, and themes automatically preview when you just hover your mouse cursor over their buttons.

Import and Organize

You can easily add video clips by browsing for videos and audios by using the corresponding button on the timeline. You can also permanent Add videos and photos button on the Home tab. The “Import from Device” option in the File Menu where one can open the Windows Video/Photo importer which allows you to apply keyword tags and saving the images and clips in an organized fashion.

Basic Video Editing

The best way to create a digital movie by this software is to add all of your clips to the timeline and select one theme out of seven different AutoMovie Themes. While it’s not that extensive like other competing software’s set of options but they are quite simple in taste.

These are presented as thumbnails in the center of Home ribbon. They also add an intro title screen, transitions, and credits to the production too.

The most basic video editing tasks such as splitting, trimming are available from the last menu-Edit- and they can also snap into view if you double click a clip on your timeline.

Our Verdict

Well, if you are looking for basic editing features and quickest way to make amateur movies then you can certainly go for Windows Movie Maker. But in case, you need better editing tools, more effects, and transitions, then we would suggest that you find a better alternative as Movie Maker has limited capabilities. You can check other software mentioned in this post.

With this, we end our review of Windows Movie Maker. Go ahead and try out this video editing software. Don’t forget to mention your experience in the comment section below.

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