Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker on Windows 8
|Initial release||September 14, 2000|
|Stable release||2012 (v16.4.3508.0205) (May 14, 2013[±])|
|Operating system||Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2|
|Platform||IA-32 and x64|
|Available in||64 languages|
|Type||Video editing software|
Windows Movie Maker (formerly known as Windows Live Movie Maker, codenamed Sundance) is a freeware video editing software by Microsoft. It is a part of Windows Essentials software suite and offers the ability to create and edit videos as well as to publish them on SkyDrive, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.
Movie Maker 1.0 to 2.5 
Version 1.1 was included in Windows XP a year later, and included support for creating DV AVI and WMV 8 files. Version 2.0 was released as a free update in November 2002, and added a number of new features. Version 2.1, a minor update, is included in Windows XP Service Pack 2. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 introduced a new version of Windows Movie Maker, 2.5, with more transitions and support for DVD burning.
Movie Maker 6.0 
Microsoft released version 6.0 of Windows Movie Maker as part of Windows Vista, and included new effects and transitions, and support for the DVR-MS file format that Windows Media Center records television in. The HD version in Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista also added support for capturing from HDV camcorders. The capture wizard also created DVR-MS type files from HDV tapes. However, the Windows Vista version of Windows Movie Maker removed support for importing video from an analog video source such as an analog camcorder, VCR or from a webcam.
As some older systems might not be able to run the new version of Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft also released an updated older version 2.6 for Windows Vista on Microsoft Download Center. This version included the old effects and transitions, and is basically the same as Windows Movie Maker 2.1, but without the ability to capture video. Installation requires Windows Vista and is only intended for use on computers where the hardware accelerated version cannot be run.
A Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) version of Windows Movie Maker was also included in some builds of Windows "Longhorn" (now Windows Vista), but was removed in the development reset in August 2004.
Windows Live Movie Maker 2009 
Microsoft completely rewrote Movie Maker in 2009, and did not bundle Movie Maker within Windows 7. Instead Microsoft released Movie Maker as part of the Windows Live Essentials suite (Wave 3). As such, the application was also renamed as "Windows Live Movie Maker". The application was first released in beta form on September 17, 2008 and the final version was officially released on August 19, 2009.
Windows Live Movie Maker 2009 was not compatible with versions of Microsoft Windows prior to Windows Vista.
Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 
On June 24, 2010, the beta version of Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 (Wave 4) was released and shortly after on August 17, 2010, a beta refresh version was released to the public. The final version of Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 was released on September 30, 2010. With the 2011 release, users must install Windows Live Photo Gallery when installing Windows Live Movie Maker, and vice versa.
Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 reintroduced the ability (which was missing from the Windows Live Movie Maker 2009) to add files to your project that are stored on network devices, such as servers. The new version also included the ability to record video clips from a Webcam, as well as inclusion of new animated video titles.
Movie Maker 2012 
The 2012 version was released on August 7, 2012 for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, and dropped the Live part of the title to be known officially as Windows Movie Maker 2012. Part of Windows Essentials 2012 (Wave 5), the software included new features including audio narration, audio waveforms, audio ducking and emphasis, Vimeo music store integration, support for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoding, customizable outlined text, and auto-save features, as well as video stabilization and rolling shutter correction for Windows 8 users.
See also 
- "Windows Essentials 2012 system requirements". Windows Essentials portal. Microsoft. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Windows Essentials: Worldwide Downloads". Windows Essentials portal. Microsoft. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Getting ready for Windows Live Wave 3". Chris Overd. LiveSide.net. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- Windows Movie Maker no longer supports analog capture or webcam capture
- "Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Vista". Download Center. Microsoft. 6 April 2007. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
- "Longhorn" Professional Build 4093
- Microsoft Answers: What's new in Windows Movie Maker 2012
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