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1.Re: Windows Movie Maker 2012 released today
Posted by grapemanca on 8/8/2012 6:04:05 PM
Indeed, Vokar, I agree with your priorities, and I haven't bothered with the WLMM fiasco for a very long time myself. However, the Windows blog got my hopes up until I realized this was just a tweak of the same old WLMM slideshow garbage.

I myself spend most of my creative time using Cyberlink's PowerDirector, though I recently went back and used WMM6 for my daughter's wedding video. I forgot what a joy it is to use WMM6, and wish some of its features (drag and drop crossfades, ...
2.Re: Windows Movie Maker 2012 released today
Posted by grapemanca on 8/8/2012 4:45:50 PM
I've tried it out with a few basic projects, and the Movie Maker for W8 certainly has added some nice features to the basic Windows Live Movie Maker layout. Of course, many of the features, like narration & sound waves, should have been there from the start, as they were in previous iterations of Movie Maker. To wait over 3 years for their re-introduction is ridiculous, and shows you how unimportant this program is to Microsoft!

For me, the basic problem remains: there is ...
3.Re: New Timeline
Posted by grapemanca on 12/18/2010 9:05:16 PM
I've found that Cyberlink's PowerDirector is a nice step up from WMM. It's definitely more powerful and fully featured than WMM6, but it also has an intuitive timeline that's far easier to use than WLMM's disastrous storyboard.
4.Re: Importing Power Point Presentation
Posted by grapemanca on 5/1/2013 8:49:07 PM
I'm not sure which PPT you're running, but try exporting your Powerpoint as jpeg slides (try Save As). Then you can insert each slide into MM.
5.Re: Movie Maker 6.0
Posted by grapemanca on 8/9/2010 11:12:52 PM
I've had a number of people ask me where the HD profiles are when you install WMM6 into Windows 7. So, I made an instructional webpage that hopefully addresses some of the questions:

http://members.shaw.ca/wmm6/wmm6.html

6.Re: Movie Maker 6.0
Posted by grapemanca on 4/11/2010 6:36:49 PM
RunrigNutter:

The WMM6 I now use in W7 includes 4 HD profiles. You might want to download the installer package from the link below, and copy/paste its Profiles folder into your Movie Maker 6 Shared folder. The Profile folder contains 4 .prx HD video profiles that should show up when you want to publish your movie to the computer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15TMjpM8QCc

Good luck!
7.Re: Movie Maker 6.0
Posted by grapemanca on 8/23/2010 1:39:50 PM
Hi Kelly,

I use Windows 7 64 bit Pro (and have since it first came out), and have created a couple dozen movies using the WMM6 from my installer.

However, as I've mentioned elsewhere, the installer I have is for a 32 bit version of WMM6 (which nevertheless works in W7 32x or 64x). Perhaps my HD Profiles folder is strictly registered for a 32 bit program, and therefore doesn't work with your 64 bit installation of WMM6 from Rehan.

I think ...
8.Re: Movie Maker 6.0
Posted by grapemanca on 6/29/2010 6:12:14 PM
Sorry about that. Youtube changed its style after I made the video, and replaced the "More Info" button with a chevron-style button.
9.Re: using WMM6 on windows7...
Posted by grapemanca on 11/11/2009 1:53:55 PM
For those who don't want to register dll's or do anything technical, I found this nice W7 port of WMM6 on YouTube. It includes 4 HD profiles as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQGzd_n540

I've had it running on my Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) for two weeks, and it's been great. I've done a few fairly complicated projects without a hitch.

The only problem I had was installing my SpiceFX 5 package, but the Pixelan people were great. We discovered ...
10.Re: WMM Vista HD rendering
Posted by grapemanca on 2/9/2011 11:48:21 AM
Seanster - I assume you have the 4 prx files inside the Profiles folder, which in turn is inside Movie Maker 6's Shared folder, like below?

http://members.shaw.ca/wmm6/hdprofiles.gif
11.Re: WMM Vista HD rendering
Posted by grapemanca on 2/10/2011 11:57:41 AM
Interesting. There must be other ways to access the HD options, then, though from seanster's first picture it looked like he was using the same method I use.

I've explained the way I use the HD options in my WMM6 here:

http://members.shaw.ca/wmm6/hd.html

12.Re: Overlay
Posted by grapemanca on 12/10/2011 11:55:09 AM
Hi Youth!

I've tried a variety of entry level commercial video editing programs, and I find PowerDirector (8) probably the most intuitive program around. It does take some effort (titles are not particularly obvious, for example) but the program will do anything I ask. The PIP feature is great, as are the slideshow templates.

On the other hand, there are still some features in WMM6 that I miss. For example, I really like the ability to drag video and audio ...
13.Re: Overlay
Posted by grapemanca on 10/13/2010 8:30:31 PM
A lot of MM enthusiasts have wanted an overlay (and PIP) option for years, but MSFT doesn't care to listen to us anymore, so I don't see it happening. The only people they are targetting are those who can barely move a mouse! ;-)

In any case, it probably requires a proper timeline (with a second video track), but MSFT stubbornly refuses to reintroduce that critical feature.

I like the overlay and 9 cell PIP options in PowerDirector [which does a Brady Bunch ...
14.Re: I Hate WLMM.
Posted by grapemanca on 7/15/2010 8:27:40 PM

Good points, Vokar.

What aggravates me with the (surprisingly few) reviews of the new WLMM is that most reviewers pretend the classic versions (particularly WMM6) never existed, or, in the case of the review from PC Mag, that older WMM's were difficult to use. Unbelievable! For example, the PC Mag review drinks the official WLMM koolaid by defending the lack of voice-over narration; it argues that "Microsoft found people weren't using the feature". I laughed ...
15.Re: I Hate WLMM.
Posted by grapemanca on 7/19/2010 6:23:29 PM
... They certainly weren't thinking about the enthusiast community! :-)

I remember the year before the first beta for WLMM came out. Other than the (never ending) desire for more format compatibility [which they have improved] and output options [which are even smaller now], the MM forum requests were mostly about more audio and video tracks, picture-in-picture, and more effects and transitions. In short, it was all about extending the capabilities of the classic Movie Maker ...
16.Re: GRRRRRRRRR.... Give me Movie Maker for WIndows 7 vs WLMM
Posted by grapemanca on 2/5/2011 1:37:32 PM
Welcome to the wonderful world of Microsoft's newest slideshow maker! ;-)

Like you and thousands of others, I share your disbelief and frustration with the new WLMM. As a result, for more complicated video projects, I now use Cyberlink's PowerDirector 8. However, for quick projects that benefit from a simple and intuitive interface, I still use Movie Maker 6.0, the MM that was built into Vista. (This is not to be confused with MM 2.6, the MM for low-end Vista machines that's ...
17.Re: MOVIE i made on VISTA will NOT play on WIN 7 >>> HELP!
Posted by grapemanca on 1/23/2011 11:29:55 PM
You need the Movie Maker version that made the original movies, and it sounds like you used Movie Maker 6.0 from Vista. [Unfortunately, movie project files are not fully compatible with different Movie Maker versions.]

If you want to download Movie Maker 6.0 and use it in Windows 7, I've had good luck with the following installer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15TMjpM8QCc
18.Re: MOVIE i made on VISTA will NOT play on WIN 7 >>> HELP!
Posted by grapemanca on 1/24/2011 11:44:36 AM
Open up your "WMM". Go to Help/Windows Movie Maker.

In the middle of the box, it should give you the type of Movie Maker you have. Mine says Windows (R) Movie Maker Version 6.0.6002....

Movie Maker 6 is the MM built into Vista. I'm betting it's the one you have, too. ;-)
19.Re: Widescreen Help For Youtube Videos
Posted by grapemanca on 1/16/2011 7:51:00 PM
In Movie Maker 6, try going to Tools/Options/Advanced/Aspect Ratio.

In general, I would much prefer WMM6.0 to WMM2.6!
20.Re: They really need to implement more of the features that we ask for.
Posted by grapemanca on 11/10/2010 11:51:57 AM

I think what's really disturbing is that MSFT thinks WLMM is a great program. If you read the development team's responses, they seem incredulous in the face of criticism. Lately, they've almost disappeared altogether. They don't seem to fathom the degree of contempt that many enthusiasts have for the program, and don't "get it" when our reaction parallels the contempt that WLMM shows for enthusiasts. At best we get a condescending nod to our "passion" for the old ...
21.Make classic Movie Maker open source?
Posted by grapemanca on 6/25/2010 11:18:33 PM

The release of the Wave 4 beta version of WLMM is disappointing. It doesn't include many features repeatedly requested by MM enthusiasts. Still missing are extra audio or video lines, no photo capture of a specific video frame; no automatic crossfades by dragging video elements onto each other; and no right click for fade in/fade out (which I love). And, worst of all, no timeline.

As such, perhaps we should ask Microsoft to release Movie Maker as open source software? ...
22.Re: Moviemaker no longer working. Where can I download a fresh copy?
Posted by grapemanca on 9/11/2010 7:43:00 PM
Try these two:

http://www.rehanfx.org/shader.htm

http://www.pixelan.com/mm/intro.htm

I've used both, and both are worth the money!
23.Re: Add Transitions to Right Click
Posted by grapemanca on 8/5/2010 3:21:36 PM
There used to be a lot of handy commands on the right mouse click in previous versions of WMM. But, once again, this intuitive functionality has been replaced by multiple clicks as you work your way around the tab menu. Another backward step for WLMM!
24.Re: Selective "Quick Access Toolbar" additions . . .
Posted by grapemanca on 9/29/2010 11:53:11 AM
I'd like this, too. They used to have Fade In and Fade Out on the right-click menu in WMM6 (and perhaps 2.1 - I can't think that far back) but this helpful feature is inexplicably missing in WLMM. Not having to dig down into the transitions menu would be very helpful. [If they could allow you to do automatic cross fades by sliding visual/audio objects together, it would be even better.]
25.Re: ERROR-video.flv could not be imported.???Help?
Posted by grapemanca on 7/24/2010 10:31:15 AM
Movie Maker doesn't support flv video import. Indeed, I can't really think of any video software that will import flv. On the other hand, I wish Movie Maker could EXPORT into flv.

By "old videos" do you Movie Maker projects from XP's MM? If so, they aren't compatible with WMM 6. In my experience, projects from different versions of MM don't play nicely together.
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