Movie Maker 2: Beyond Home Use

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2003-02-03 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Movie Maker 2, the free video creation software now included with Windows XP, is a big step up from the original version.

Movie Maker 2, the free video creation software now included with Windows XP, is a big step up from the original version. Movie Maker 2 made it easy for us to take video, still images and audio and create professional-looking (or in my case, semiprofessional-looking) video clips. Home users are the main target for Movie Maker, but business professionals who want to create product demos and presentations with voice-overs will also find it a useful tool. Business types, however, will probably get less use out of Movie Maker 2s many new visual effects and star-wipe transitions.

One nice new feature makes it possible to save a completed video back to the digital tape in your camera. Movie Maker 2 also has standard options such as save to disk, save to the Web and save to CD/DVD.

Movie Maker will save only in Windows Media formats—which is no surprise—but I would like an MPEG converter so I can view movies on my DVD player.

Windows XP users can get Movie Maker 2 through Microsofts Windows Update at windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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