Can We Add Movie Maker 2.1 to Windows 7?
Certainly the optional download of the new Windows Live Movie Maker will work in Windows 7, and promises to be better in the long run for many users. It was developed from scratch after years of lessons learned under its belt. But it's a slimmed down version with fewer features and there will be many who want to continue with the tried and true features of MM2.1 in XP and MM6 in Vista. Is that possible? We'll see.
Windows 7 teased me. I could copy the Movie Maker folders from XP and Vista, register their DLLs, and run versions MM1, MM2.1, MM2.6 and MM6. Each opened OK but lacked some or most features until their DLLs were registered. That shifted them into higher gears where they worked with enough features to get my hopes up, high enough to write this article and demo its use with an example.
MM2.1 from XP seems to offer the most promise. It's a much more self-contained app than MM6 in Vista. I can use it in Windows 7 to capture DV from my mini-DV camcorder, and create and edit projects using more than the basic sets of custom effects, transitions and title overlays.
After making a project, I can use MM2.1 to save the movie to a wmv or DV-AVI file on the hard drive, or transfer it to my mini-DV camcorder. The files on the hard drive are easy to upload to online hosts such as YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.
Here's a link to the first project I made completely with MM2.1 running on Windows 7, a 2 minute video of my grandson's last basketball game of the season.