Is there a good alternative to Windows Movie Maker?

Bumferry June 12, 2013
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I have decided to start making video blogs and little films again since updating my laptop from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7 is not to my taste. Can anyone recommend any movie making programs suitable for a novice, but with more options than the standard Windows Movie Maker?

Free programs would be preferable, but if anybody can recommend a program that is worth paying for, I’d be willing to pay.

Thanks.

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  1. DalSan M
    June 15, 2013 at 6:44 am

    If you are serious about creating videos quickly and easily while getting professional style results, I vote for Sony Vegas. Although not free and I haven't personally used it, I always see rave reviews about it. Simple to use, but powerful enough to get almost true professional results. I have tried many other free video editors, but nothing I've tried worked as simply as Movie Maker 6.0 or with similar results. If you wish, you can still download and install Movie Maker 6.0 (not Live Movie Maker) and download the hundreds of add-ons, though I have had trouble with publishing the videos after editing them (the video stalls near the end but the audio still plays to the end). Also, it isn't fully compatible to high definition or widescreen format. Anyways, Sony Vegas would probably be your best bet.

  2. Alton
    June 14, 2013 at 2:34 am
  3. Saturday Sazaran
    June 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Keep an eye on VLMC http://www.videolan.org/vlmc/

  4. James
    June 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I think you should dual-boot ubuntu and install kdenlive. Very powerful program and quite capable. :D

  5. Sarabjeet Singh
    June 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    the best software for video editing is adobe premiere.....it is easy to use whether u r a newbie...it provides several timelines for several videos as well as audio...

  6. Cristina Muñoz
    June 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I can recommend you Sony Vegas, it is not very complicated to use and you can "find" it somewhere in the net very quickly.

    This program allows you to do pretty much everything you want, but you will have to do some research :)

    3 or 4 years ago I got it and I practiced a bit and I did amazing videos (for gaming with cool intros, variety of effects, etc..) It wasn't nothing difficult. Maybe to use it as a master yeah but for an amateur it is not difficult at all

  7. Patrick Jackson
    June 13, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Well, Windows Live Movie Maker (not the Windows Movie Maker installed by default in Windows XP) is probably the best bet for you since you prefer free stuff and are a beginner. Otherwise, most of the free movie makers are not reliable. Blender is a good choice too, but as far as I know, it is for 3D modelling and not exactly what you need.

    Well, I am an intermediate 'movie maker' as you may say and referring to my experience, I can say that Windows Movie Maker is the best thing for a novice to sharp their movie making skills. Otherwise, if you want more advanced features, you can go for Corel Video Studio X6. I have used their X4 version and it offers you both performance and advanced features, while not being very difficult to use.

    I hope this helps.

  8. Mustahsin Sharif
    June 12, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    You can use 'AVS Video editor'. its a great tool for beginners.

  9. Dominic Pienaar
    June 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I don't edit much video but blender is quite great. http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

  10. Oron Joffe
    June 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Adobe Premiere Elements is a capable package which is more advanced than Windows Movie Maker, but still usable to beginners. It's not free, but the price is quite reasonable (depending on the country and the bundle, it would cost roughly $40-80).

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    June 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

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  12. Alan Wade
    June 12, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I cannot "recommend" an alternative to Windows Movie Maker as I dont make video's but can offer this link: http://alternativeto.net/software/windows-movie-maker/?platform=windows which lists many alternatives.

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