The Windows Essentials software suite is packed full of endlessly useful pieces of software, from Email clients to cloud storage and ergonomic photo galleries.
The gold medal of the suite however belongs to the Windows Movie Maker, an incredibly versatile and deceptively easy-to use piece of freeware video editing software that pushes the boundaries as far as what free software is capable of. The Windows Movie Maker offers a wide range of tools, which you can use to edit your movies and publish them online via YouTube or Facebook. Videos can also of course be exported in a variety of file formats to be played on portable devices of all shapes and sizes.
The features available in Windows Movie Maker are rather subtle but there are more than enough to warrant its inclusion as a serious contender. The ease with which your movies can be shared on your Windows Skydrive or through Facebook and Youtube (with just the click of a button) is vital to the softwares appeal to the casual market and it’s also possible to burn your movies straight to DVD without having to use any external burning software. Photos can also be imported and turned into beautiful slideshows and the usual video editing tools (speeding up, splitting and trimming) are all streamlined to make the process of editing your movies as quick and painless as possible. It’s also possible to add your own music to your videos and finish it all off with one of Windows Movie Maker’s bespoke ‘themes’ that add in things such as frame transitions and filtering effects for you!
The main boon that Windows Movie Maker has over its competitors is that its completely free to download for Windows users. However cost isn’t the only reason to choose the software over its more esteemed competitors. Whilst in depth video editing software programs such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier might offer more options they are also far more complicated. Hours of learning are often required before you can even begin to scratch the surface. With Windows Movie Maker however, the main bulk of the software can be fathomed and digested in mere minutes, with everything laid out in a helpful and consistent manner.
Adding audio is also incredibly easy thanks to included stock music integration and easy audio importing options that will allow your films to have a soundtrack without having to bother with an external audio program. Of the other freeware programs only Lightworks is really comparable but unlike Windows Movie Maker (which was always intended to be a hobbyists tool), Lightworks is used generally in a far more professional capacity thanks to its non-linear system and ability to support 2K and 4K resolutions.
When it comes down to it, Windows Movie Maker is not the software program you’ll turn to when you’re editing your first major motion picture. It’s the software program you’ll turn to when you’re trying to piece together old family footage or spruce up your latest vlog post. For such simple everyday video editing tasks there really is no program more qualified for the job.
About Noel Danjou
Microsoft is one of the world's largest and most valuable companies and is almost solely responsible for bringing computers into almost every home on the planet. Founded in 1975 by Paul Allen and Bill Gates, the company first made waves in the 80's and 90's with its flagship MS-DOS operating system. It wasn't until the mid nineties though that Microsoft changed the personal computer landscape forever with Windows 95. This was an operating system that anybody could use, there was no coding knowledge required. The companies dominance in the personal computer market has continued throughout the 21st century with the brand also moving into the home gaming console marker (with the Xbox) and the mobile phone market (with their line of bespoke Windows phones). Now in 2013 the company is using its latest iteration of Windows (Windows 8) to bridge the gap between the worlds of smart phones, laptops, home computers and tablets.
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