With the advent of digital amateur video and photography, the need came for simple ways of collating these memories. A folder lost somewhere on a hard drive is no longer a good option if you don't want that media forgotten. Microsoft is taking care of this for more than fifteen years. In case you lived under a rock or just didn't care about it until now, then you'll be happy to know that you can get a free program that makes pictures and videos look professionally produced and that program is Windows Movie Maker.
Windows Movie Maker 2012 is the latest incarnation and is included in the Windows Essentials suite (of the same year). While this version wasn't updated for quite some years, it still provides the tools you need to play around with your movies, for free.
The presentation is simple enough. There is a preview panel and a track ready to begin production. Dropping pictures and videos onto the track will arrange them perfectly one after the other. You can rearrange them any way you wish and customize each one by adding visual effects and fading animation and texture.
Text can be added to any point of the track and will appear underneath the pictures where from it can be edited further. Besides font, size and duration, the text can be presented using different themes, similar to a television program.
The most interesting part is that you can add and audio track on top of everything. Pictures can be accompanied by selected music but videos can also. You have the option of adjusting audio levels for the audio file versus the overlaying audio track in order to avoid cacophony. Picture tracks can be synchronized with the audio track in case you want to listen to a full song while admiring photos.
Concerning the issue about losing your movie between a myriad of DVD's, Windows Movie Maker can upload your project directly to a cloud hosting site such as Youtube, OneDrive or Facebook.
- General themes
- Audio-video synchronization
- Picture effects and animations
- Narration recording
- Sharing to cloud
- Very easy to create slides and integrate video and audio
- Does not have time controls and navigation
Windows Movie Maker is easy to use and perfect for making family photo slides or video slide presentations.