This week PCMAG.COM gave Windows Live Movie Maker Wave 4 Beta an Editors’ Choice Award, stating for ‘ease of use, it can’t be beat’. If you haven’t downloaded and tried it yet, you should download the new beta now. There’s no charge, and it runs like a dream even on netbooks.
Like all good software, you don’t have to teach the students how to use it. Set them a challenge, and let them explore it. It’s really that easy.
“With Microsoft Movie Maker Wave 4 Beta, the Windows Live team has done the seemingly impossible—they’ve made video editing simple, yet powerful enough to create fresh productions. From import to edit to output, the program is a snap, including one-step uploading to online video hosting services like YouTube”.
Let me further quote:
“Windows Live Movie Maker offers just as much (or more) in the way of transitions and text treatments as iMovie. And for ease of use, Microsoft’s program can’t be beat. For those who have no professional video-editing aspirations, but want to easily create attractive productions, Movie Maker gets two high thumbs ups. The only other free option worth mentioning is Picasa, whose video chops are far more restricted. Those looking to move up to more serious video tricks should get our midrange Editor’s Choice, Adobe Premiere Elements 8. But for entry-level video editing, Windows Live Movie Maker is my Editors’ Choice.”