Movie Maker to join Windows Live family with Wave 3

By Kip Kniskern | Posted September 4, 2008 7 comments

We first told you about Movie Maker moving over to Windows Live back in March, and our old pal Bill Gates confirmed it to Todd Bishop of the Seattle PI at the end of June.  Movie Maker, up until now a feature of Windows, will join Windows Live Photo Gallery to offer a more complete set of photo/slideshow/video management and sharing tools (and get Movie Maker out of Windows in the process).  

Movie Maker will work with both photos and videos allowing users to produce simple to make videos, for free.

Then once you’ve produced a video, Windows Live Movie Maker will make it easy to upload and share to MSN Soapbox, YouTube, or most video sharing services:

Windows Live Movie Maker will offer expanded capabilities to what is already offered with Windows Live Photo Gallery, upgrade the current Windows Movie Maker offering, and move Movie Maker (and from what we hear Mail and Photos as well) out of Windows. That can only be a good thing for the teams shipping Windows 7, giving both fewer bugs and therefore fewer delays in shipping.

Posted September 4th, 2008 at 10:57 pm
  • tophtucker

    Nice. I’m liking the ribbon–ahem, I mean, “Fluent” UI or whatever.

  • dions30

    What about Onecare? IS that also part of Wave 3?

  • yertthedestroyer

    Now just to start offering “money back” to OEMs that ship with it (even if it isn’t the “default” program used).

    And somehow convince those on the non-Live versions to move on up.

  • Alber1690

    So it will actually be better than the preloaded Movie Maker? If so..then great…curently, I’m experiencing a bug that freezes the program on the first attempt at publishing any video, so I have to close, re-open, re-load the project, and it publishes only then. It becomes a hassle since I use it every day. I hope the “Live” version will “refresh” my current configuration because I have no idea what program I installed or thing is causing this.

  • quikboy

    The UI is pretty inconsistent with other Windows Live stuff. I love the Ribbon, but this is a pretty poor implementation of it, even for a beta. I wonder if it’ll also have the similar Office features like Live Previews before applying changes, highlight and contextual mini-toolbar pops up, etc. It’d be great.

    I want more stunning visual effects and graphics (to rival Apple and Adobe’s superb collection), more fonts, color manipulation, “real” HD, online sound effects library, etc. I doubt if Microsoft can reach that high, but it never hurts to try.

  • calum-r-

    I just want a consistent UI the same as the new Windows Live Messenger, as promised. I know this isn’t the final version, but it really doesn’t look like we’ll get that :( :( :(

  • calum-cook

    Nice UI, but no new header here either! :( I’m confused about where the timeline and storyboard are, though…