Windows Movie Maker Differences | Online Video Training Blog

Talk about confusing. 

If you were to ask a few of your friends who had Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers which version of Windows Movie Maker they were running you could get as many as seven different answers.  And that’s not even counting all the versions since its first release with Windows Me (an OS whose name we don’t even like to mention).  To help sort things out, here’s a look at which version runs with each operating system. 

Windows XP:

Windows Movie Maker 2.5 was introduced in 2005.  By far this version has met with the most enthusiasm from Windows Movie Maker supporters.  This version included over 60 transitions, 37 effects, 34 titles and 9 credit animations.  However, what won over many was the inclusion of the bundled Sonic DVD burning engine to offer and burn videos to disc. 

Windows Vista:

Unfortunately, Windows Vista users got caught in a limbo between the older versions of Windows Movie Maker and the newer.  Due to issues with hardware acceleration Microsoft released a 2.6 version for Windows Vista.  This had a reduced feature set but did allow Vista computers (where hardware acceleration could not be run) to still be able to use some version of Windows Movie Maker. 

Windows 7:

Based on a different code base and completely different functionalities, Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 is the latest version to date.  Despite initial critical reception, this version is slowly gaining traction and winning over new converts.  From its HD output profiles, to its cinematic affects, this latest version of Movie Maker represents a significant jump over previous ones.

So which one is best?  After spending considerable time with each one, I would have to say, hands down the latest is the greatest.  Go ahead and spend a little time searching for an application that can, for free, add the kind of effects found in Live Movie Maker.  And with integrated support for Facebook, Youtube, Skydrive, and other sharing sites, it does make me wonder, is there an easier way to share and distribute your content?  It couldn’t be much easier than this.  

If you have Windows 7, don’t pass up a chance for this free application from Microsoft.  Windows Live Movie Maker has not only stood up, but jumped up to the front of the line.  

All others… please sit back down. 

Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 is freely available from Microsoft:   http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

Categories: Follow-up Friday, Live Essentials, Movie Maker

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