Microsoft launches new Movie Maker and Photo Gallery

Today, Microsoft announced it had launched new versions of its free Movie Maker and Photo Gallery software as part of a new package of Windows Essentials 2012 programs. The new versions will work for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 and have some added features that Microsoft says take advantage of Windows 8.

In a post on the Windows Experience blog, Microsoft goes over some of the new Movie Maker additions, including a new video stabilization option made especially for Windows 8. Microsoft has also added a way for people to add music to their videos on Movie Maker from three different sources: AudioMicro, Free Music Archive and the Vimeo Music Store. Users can edit how the music is incorporated in their movies. There is also an option to add spoken word narration to videos.

The new version of Photo Gallery also adds a way to make a quick collage of images. Microsoft states:

With Auto Collage in Photo Gallery you just select seven or more photos and we’ll arrange them in a collage for you. Making a new photo our of existing photos has never been easier. Whether you want to make a special print of a collection of photos or you want a nice start or ending to a movie highlight with some of your favorite scenes.

Microsoft also said that Vimeo is a new publishing partner for both Movie Maker and Photo Gallery, allowing users to quickly upload videos to the Vimeo.com website.

Source: Windows Experience blog | Image via Microsoft

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Well I don't think Movie Maker is that bad for a free piece of software to be, take this as example, made with several of EA's NFS:HP videos. http://youtu.be/U537JenIBW8
For better and 100% own pro productions there are much better alternatives, but you have to pay for them, plus you need some good material to use as well.

Neowin users just don't get it. The fact you are on this particular website, means you are a minority user base.

This software is made with Keep It Simple Stupid in mind, for mum's and Dad's and deadshit teenage girls.

Somewhere, AndreaBorman is writing a huge essay about why Essentials 2012 is terrible and we should all use Vista with Essentials 2009.

devBrian said,
Somewhere, AndreaBorman is writing a huge essay about why Essentials 2012 is terrible and we should all use Vista with Essentials 2009.

Hahaha!

I'm convinced AndreaBorman is just a mod f'ing with people.

scumdogmillionaire said,

Hahaha!

I'm convinced AndreaBorman is just a mod f'ing with people.

I enjoy reading her posts so much. It's the only thing that keeps me coming back to the Neowin forums. Soooo entertaining seeing people get strokes over her posts.

devBrian said,
Somewhere, AndreaBorman is writing a huge essay about why Essentials 2012 is terrible and we should all use Vista with Essentials 2009.

Not to mention a YouTube video entitled "How to avoid the automatic upgrading of Windows Live Essentials 2009 to Windows Essentials 2012" ;-)

Anyone know if the installation switches are the same as in LE2011? Like "/noToolbarCEIP /noHomepage /noLaunch /noMU /noSearch" and such?

I have to believe MS will put out a Metro version, if they are at all serious about Win 8. I can't tell you how many people that I show Win 8 to, ask me how to crop photos in the "photo" app.

Also, the in Photo gallery, I STILL don't have an option to split the videos and pictures into there respective folders, WTF?! That was in the simple import option that is now gone in Win 8, and in Metro, there is NO options at all, particularly to delete after copying. Hope they iron some of the details out. With MS it's always about the details.

Microsoft scared away me from ever using Movie Maker again. The XP version was so horrible and then they decided to mess up the entire interface people had gotten used to. Brilliant.

If you want tools that handle easy video editing you get a Mac and use iMovie. And that's coming from me, an Apple hater!

Tpiom said,
Microsoft scared away me from ever using Movie Maker again. The XP version was so horrible and then they decided to mess up the entire interface people had gotten used to. Brilliant.

If you want tools that handle easy video editing you get a Mac and use iMovie. And that's coming from me, an Apple hater!

Movie Maker was never good, but the XP version was still light years ahead of the crap they made later.

Neobond said,
Shame they didn't change the WLM branding.

We don't really know yet, I have a tip from someone that there will be a newer release just after win 8 GA reflecting the newer ribbon UI

ingramator said,

We don't really know yet, I have a tip from someone that there will be a newer release just after win 8 GA reflecting the newer ribbon UI

Could be. So far the noticeable changes were:
- the video calling icons appeared for certain contacts (I presume webcam owners)
- the numbering of the product (Version 2012, and Build 16 instead of Build 15), so it's on par with Wave 5 and the Metro Messaging, Mail and the likes line of software
- untested, but according to Paul Thurrott, it seems to be integrating with Lync too
- fixed some minor annoyance with video sharing through YouTube on Windows 8 (it was not rendered correctly, the whole things was pitch-black)
- this might be subjective, but I noticed it was actually way much snappier and it uses way less memory than before (around 50MB for WLM2011 versus around 5 - 10MB for WLM2012 when minimized) and 50 - 100MB (WLM2011) versus 20MB (WLM2012) when not

Now this is good software news, I have been waiting for a new movie maker.. The Vista one was good, then they did a so called upgrade and it was dreadful, lacking loads of features the old one had.. Hopefully this one is better.. Downloading now

jasonon said,
windows movie maker is pathetic

really? I actually think Windows Live Movie Maker is great. I just completed a photo essay on it a few days back. Was quick and easy. If not for Movie Maker, i'd have to use Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas, both of which are too complicated for the majority.

jasonon said,
windows movie maker is pathetic

Maybe if you're expecting professional quality software for free. #somethingfornothing

Windows Live Mesh is gone. No more folder synchronization unless they're also on SkyDrive. Big disappointment.

mrp04 said,
Windows Live Mesh is gone. No more folder synchronization unless they're also on SkyDrive. Big disappointment.

Yeah, I use Mesh regularly. Syncs my ~75GB music library across desktop and laptop without me having to fuss with it.

Why did it ask me to update skydrive when it wasn't installed? I don't want that. I'd probably use it if it were more practical for sharing files like Dropbox.

KSib said,
Why did it ask me to update skydrive when it wasn't installed? I don't want that. I'd probably use it if it were more practical for sharing files like Dropbox.

It updated Live Mesh to SkyDrive. Btw, how is it different to dropbox? I genuinely wan to know, because I haven't seen a difference. Both sync a folder and all its contents up to the service which then replicates to all other devices with the client installed. The data is also available from the website interface.

Not to mention Office 2013 and Windows 8 has built in SkyDrive integration

Clips have to be processed--there's a progress bar in the status bar for the overall progress of the project, and individual clips show clock icons on the film strip. Once a clip has been processed the rest of the editing tools are unlocked.

I like it, but only supporting WMV for exporting is kind of a letdown. Would it really be so bad to make h.264 an option as well?

KSib said,
I like it, but only supporting WMV for exporting is kind of a letdown. Would it really be so bad to make h.264 an option as well?

Lol, the format changing to h.264 was one of the main features of this release. I take it you didn't bother a) reading the blog post, and b) trying the product before posting your comment?

Comment fail

for people looking for a free video editing software, windows movie maker really is the best bet and I used to use it for all of my videos just until recently when I switched over to sony vegas pro. I still use movie maker for pan in and pan out effects, very easy and efficient.

Oh and having the ability to stabilise the image (another problem I have with recording in car racing) I think I will be very happy.

For us amateurs and youtube/vimeo uploaders this free product hits the mark. The only issue I had the other day was I wanted to upload to vimeo rather than youtube and had to create the file and then manually upload it. Now that is there plus a few other bells and whistles I am happy. I agree they could make it a bit better but its free! If you want more professional software then pay for it, there is plenty out there for windows that is very good (isn't there?)

Yes, it automatically sees the previous version and updates it. If you are a Windows Live Mesh user note that Mesh will be removed when you install this version of the Essentials.

i'm still waiting for a mixer app to join Essentials. like nTrack or something.
as long as I can mix, punch-in, and overdub, i'm happy. cheap date.

No Metro? They definitely should update it with Metro like they did with Office 2013, though I won't be surprised if they do.

Meh... I just wish Microsoft could corporate , moreover, flexible accessibility in movie editing. Using 3rd Party Movie Editing Applications, such as VideoPad, Adobe After Effects, muveeReveal, and many others definitely serves its purpose, but I would have hoped, this time, Microsoft would focus on the small aspects of the OS and the OS as an entirety, instead of just the unified "Metro." Sort of like the conceptions of Apple and the iLife Suite, but this is still great news!

warwagon said,
Did they bring the timeline back? Not the timeline designed for stupid people, but the Movie maker in Xp timeline.

Nope, I don't even understand why they don't make a pro version. How many video producers got a mac for imovie and Final cut.

Microsoft is trying to look media friendly especially with Windows 8 and WP7/8. But they have no substance, their answer for video production is pathetic. No competitor near Photoshop(paint, seriously?). 3rd party is cool but mac's have both their own products and third party.

I wish they would give media the same attention they give their office products. I can't even sync my Windows phone with my Xbox.

Edited by Gaffney, Aug 8 2012, 1:38am :

Gaffney said,

Nope, I don't even understand why they don't make a pro version. How many video producers got a mac for imovie and Final cut.

Microsoft is trying to look media friendly especially with Windows 8 and WP7/8. But they have no substance, their answer for video production is pathetic. No competitor near Photoshop(paint, seriously?). 3rd party is cool but mac's have both their own products and third party.

I wish they would give media the same attention they give their office products. I can't even sync my Windows phone with my Xbox.

Please they didn't leave windows for Mac because of iMovie. They use 3rd party software on either system.

Gaffney said,

Microsoft is trying to look media friendly especially with Windows 8 and WP7/8. But they have no substance, their answer for video production is pathetic. No competitor near Photoshop(paint, seriously?). 3rd party is cool but mac's have both their own products and third party.

What does Apple make that competes with Photoshop?

warwagon said,
Did they bring the timeline back? Not the timeline designed for stupid people, but the Movie maker in Xp timeline.

The Vista Movie Maker was actually quite nice with a timeline and all. Photo gallery is my go to tool for simple photo stuff, I'm curious about that, but MS destroyed the Movie Maker with v. 2011 by getting rid of the timeline, what a dumb move that was. Truly pathetic. I will take a peak at new version for 3rd graders, but I rely on Avid Studio for as good or better than Mac video production on PC.

jimmyfal said,

The Vista Movie Maker was actually quite nice with a timeline and all. Photo gallery is my go to tool for simple photo stuff, I'm curious about that, but MS destroyed the Movie Maker with v. 2011 by getting rid of the timeline, what a dumb move that was. Truly pathetic. I will take a peak at new version for 3rd graders, but I rely on Avid Studio for as good or better than Mac video production on PC.


Maybe Vista did have a good movie maker. maybe i'm thinking of the piece of trash they have us for the one they didn't give us in windows 7

Gaffney said,
No competitor near Photoshop(paint, seriously?).

You do realise Photoshop is a 3rd party piece of software that's not exclusive to either platform?

MikeHellstone said,

You do realise Photoshop is a 3rd party piece of software that's not exclusive to either platform?


Of course but why does Microsoft not try to compete. They don't really have any good programs for any sort of media production. But they do so well with their Office products.

Gaffney said,

Of course but why does Microsoft not try to compete. They don't really have any good programs for any sort of media production. But they do so well with their Office products.

Because mspaint is the tool of pro's?

ccoltmanm said,

Please they didn't leave windows for Mac because of iMovie. They use 3rd party software on either system.


iLife for noobs then once they get big enough they can move up to Final cut, Logic pro and After effects/Photoshop. Ask any big youtuber what software they use, 90% is Final cut and Mac gets loads of free advertising from them.

Gaffney said,

iLife for noobs then once they get big enough they can move up to Final cut, Logic pro and After effects/Photoshop. Ask any big youtuber what software they use, 90% is Final cut and Mac gets loads of free advertising from them.

No... 90% of "big" youtubers don't use final cut, i'm sorry. That would infer that over 90% of "big" youtube uploaders own Macs... and that is simply not true. Many use a combination of after effects, vegas pro and premiere

MikeHellstone said,

You do realise Photoshop is a 3rd party piece of software that's not exclusive to either platform?

Also I wouldn't say that mspaint.exe is Microsoft's answer to Photoshop. I reckon it would be Microsoft Expression Design (if anything).

warwagon said,

Maybe Vista did have a good movie maker. maybe i'm thinking of the piece of trash they have us for the one they didn't give us in windows 7
I agree, that version of Movie Maker was terrible, so much so that I reckon they might have nerfed it to make it less competitive and avoid anti-trusts, I can't believe they dumbed it down THAT much on purpose compared to the XP one.