In this second part of our interview with Mike Torres, a PM for Windows Live Movie Maker, we talk a bit more about how WLMM was built: the weekly meetings with teams from Office and Windows about how to best use the Ribbon; on the hard choices any software developer has to make; on some of Mike’s favorite features; and on reaction to the release.
LiveSide with Mike Torres Part 2 (on our Facebook Fan page)
Mike mentions a couple of specific “tips”, one on the time zoom feature. It’s in the lower right corner:
Moving the slider zooms in or out, pretty basic but good to know. He also mentions some keyboard shortcuts. Along with the usual ones like Ctrl-X to cut and Ctrl-V to paste, these shortcuts can make editing a bit easier:
|Go to the previous frame
|Trim the video so it starts at the current point in the video
|Trim the video so it ends at the current point in the video
|Split the video into two items at the current point in the video
Windows Live Movie Maker is a great free program that makes quick work of “telling a story”, and allows for a bit more creativity once you learn your way around. We’ve had fun with it, and will definitely be using it more in the coming weeks and months.