Almost everyone has a camera. Some have it in their mobile phone. Others have an expensive DSLR. But the bottom line is: it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have access to a video camera, which is nice. What isn’t so nice, however, is that the clips taken are rarely edited properly. After all, video editing is complicated. Or is it?
Well, if we’re talking about professional-level editing, then yes it is hard! However, for home users like you and me, you can spare yourself of the trouble and complications of video editing with Windows Movie Maker 2012.
With this component of Microsoft’s Windows Live Essentials 2012, even someone who has never worked with a video editing tool can start working on their first movie in minutes. Windows Movie Maker 2012 has all of the features you need: from inserting video clips and photos; organize the slides; adding sounds and transitions; and everything else in between.
Speaking of audio, you don’t want your movies to be silent like the ones in Charlie Chaplin’s era. For that, it helps to check out audio portals like Micro Audio and Free Music Archive where you can find a host royalty-free songs that you can use for your video.
As for control the visual effects, the options are quite limited but the intuitive interface makes up for it. With a few mouse strokes, you can add fading effects (ex.: sepia brown tone). The preview, on the other hand, shows the result when the mouse rolls over a button effect. Header, trailer, animation and Highlights are further details that make the Windows Movie Maker 2012 a good-enough home video editing tool.
As output, and storage options are numerous predefined formats are available, including several formats for smartphones using the Google Android operating system. For Skydrive, Facebook and Youtube, there are buttons to store your video clips on these cloud platforms quickly or you can publish it right away.
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not as comprehensive in features compared to expensive, professional video editing software like those from Adobe. With that said however, it has more than enough bells and whistles to help you create a good video for your YouTube channel or Facebook page.