How to Use Windows Movie Maker -

How to Use Windows Movie Maker -

In this article we want to illustrate in a few but detailed steps how to use Windows Movie Maker to create and edit your video clips. In addition to explaining how to use this “video editor” program, we will give information on how to download and install the program, as well as the technical requirements.

Windows Movie Maker it is usually already installed on the Windows system, unless you are using the latest version of Windows 10 (read this article about that).
In terms of the output file format for the created video, you will be able to get different file formats and save or convert them according to your playback preferences. You will be able to see them on the go on mobile devices, share them online or burn them to DVD.

How and where you download Windows Movie Maker

  • If the program is already present in the PC go to: Start> type Movie Maker in the search box> Click Enter
  • Where to download it : Windows Essential 2012
  • Operating systems: Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2
  • Memory required: 1GB RAM or higher
  • What's in Windows Essential 2012 Suite : Messenger (now Skype), Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, Mail, Writer, Family Safety, OneDrive & Outlook Connector Pack

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How to Use Windows Movie Maker 2012

There are many features present in Windows Movie Maker. The first thing to do, obviously after installing and opening the program, is to import your multimedia files (photos, videos, music) thanks to which you can create your own movies and customize them. If you are having trouble importing these media files read the article how to import videos not supported by Windows Movie Maker.

Once the multimedia files have been imported, here's all you need to do:

Start Windows Movie Maker

In the picture above the main screen of Windows Movie Maker (2012 version, the last one created)

Import video

You can import your multimedia files (videos and photos) by drag and drop in the program area.

Video cutting

Click on Edit and then on the instrument Trim to then set the start and end point of the cut.

Insert Text on Video

Click and select the video on the timeline. Click on Caption. Write the text on the video by placing it where you want and getting help from the preview.

Insert Effects and Transitions

Click on Animation and select the style of the transaction. Or log in to Visual Effects to insert one of the effects present in the video clip.

Add music to the video

You can click on Add Music to import an audio file into the program and apply it as a “background” to your video. Go to Options for additional settings.

Set resolution

Go to Project and choose the resolution you want according to your playback preferences. From this window you can also change options to enhance the video, music or narration.

Burn DVD

Once the project is complete click on Save movie and then Burn to DVD. Windows DVD Maker will open with which you can create and burn the movie to DVD. Alternatively, read how to burn Windows Movie Maker to DVD

Upload and share videos online

You can also share videos directly online by clicking on Publish movie and choosing the desired social network (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo or other).

Convert Video

As already mentioned at the beginning of the article, Windows Movie Maker supports several video / audio formats but not all. If you have any video in a particular format and which cannot be read by Movie Maker, we recommend that you convert it using the video converter. Video Converter Ultimate. You can download the demo version of it, on PC or Mac


I have hundreds of photos that have a description of the content as their name (example: grandfather Luigi 1932.jpeg).
How do you view the
File name without having to rewrite it with the Text function?

  • Excellent but, if I may, I would like to ask you how you can vary the dimensions of the timeline, since, after reinstalling the program, they appeared to the minimum size and I did not find a way to enlarge them, even working with the size of the monitor that stalled. left them looking at the desktop.
    Thanks anyway.

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