written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 7/11/2011
Learn about a few reasons why Windows Movie Maker may be a better fit than other types of non-linear editing software.
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An Unconventional Program
When people think about video editing they often think about complex editing suites like Avid and Adobe Premiere. They do not often associate Windows Movie Maker with film editing. Though it is not as well-known as some, Movie Maker can be a great choice for smaller and less demanding projects. There are a variety of elements to the program that may make it the perfect fit for your needs.
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You really can’t beat free. Windows Movie Maker comes standard on all Windows operating systems, so you already have the program on your home PC. Instead of maxing out your credit card with a software package that could run you well over a thousand dollars, Movie Maker is an option that will not force you to make a risky purchasing decision.
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As non-linear editing systems became standard it became more accessible for amateur filmmakers to use professional software. This means that the majority of software that is available in the market today can be used for professional projects, and this function often makes them too complex for novice digital video producers to use. Windows Movie Maker is an exceedingly easy design that makes it approachable for those who have never interfaced with such a program.
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When using Movie Maker you will apply the same principles of video editing that you would anywhere. You cut together the best video clips you have to tell a story, using effects and transitions to highlight your vision. This is a great learning program that will let you move on later to more complicated software.
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The design of this software is such that one can do simple projects in record time. It even has the AutoMovie option, that does your edits automatically once you select the appropriate clips. If you have simple home movies to work on then this is possibly the fastest program in the field.
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Windows Movie Maker is one of the only editing programs that offers a change in interface views depending on your preferences. The Timeline, which is the classic element of every editing program, can be switched out with the Storyboard that views your clips as they would on paper in a storyboard. This can be easier to work with for some people, and is an option that other programs do not have.
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Perfect For Some
Though it is not right for every editor or project, Windows Movie Maker does bring a lot to the production table. Try it out for these reasons and you may find that it is a perfect fit for your needs.