Windows Movie Maker 2011

A review of the new Windows Movie Maker, part of the free Windows Live Essentials 2011 kitchen-sink pack — which is now being punted via Windows update.

An interesting new bit of automation, which might lead to some interesting “cut-up” style works…

“Windows Live Movie Maker comes with a one-click auto movie button, for those who don’t want to spend time trying to edit a video. You select the files you want, including videos, images and music, and with one click, you’ll have an automatic movie that doesn’t require any software knowledge. The one-click auto movie pre-set themes add a title, transition effect, credits and with your added video, images and music, you’ll have a movie completed in under a minute.”

Yes, Microsoft invents the “I Win!” button. Personally, I’ll be sticking with Adobe Premiere Elements.

Oh, and be warned. You may also be tempted to upgrade your Mail application if you install Windows Live Essentials 2011. But beware that it doesn’t auto-import all your old emails into the new Mail application. You’ll have to point the import option at the folders buried at: C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail, and then wait (in my case) 50 minutes while it imports, in the meanwhile preventing you from doing anything else with Mail for the duration of the importing. Grrr.