Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker
A guide to the discontinued video editing software


This book will teach you the basics and more advanced essentials of Windows Movie Maker (WMM). It assumes you have at least a simple knowledge of the Windows operating system.

Users of Windows Movie Maker can create, edit, and import photos, music, and video. They can be combined and modified to create a movie. The user can also add captions, slides, and special effects to the movie. Using the share option, the movie can be shared across other applications and social media. Apart from this Windows Movie Maker also gives users the option to record their own narration and add them to the slides. The movie maker comes with a variety of transitional effects for the slides and themes for the movie.

There is an option to record real-time video using a webcam. The user can also add pre-loaded visual effects to the pictures and slides.

Movie Maker Pros and Cons


  • Freeware, costing no money
  • Relatively easy to use compared to other editors
  • Multiple web publishing options
  • Depending on the version, it's presets can create nostalgic effects evocative of the 2000's.


  • It crashes quite often, sometimes forcing you to start over!
  • Pretty bad video quality
  • Can't save huge movies you've edited
  • No longer supported.

So basically, Movie Maker is good for you to get started with making films, but if you're going to get serious with making low-budget feature films, then you might want to buy a commercial program, which naturally yields better results.



  1. Capturing video from device
  2. Organising collections
  3. Making titles and credits
  4. Splitting video clips
  5. Adding audio
  6. Finishing your movie
  7. Video transitions
  8. Video effects
  9. Muting and fading in and out


  1. Editing YouTube videos
  2. Uploading video to the Internet
  3. Taking a photo
  4. Burning video to DVD