I’ve been using Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 from the Windows Live Essentials 2011 pack for all of the video editing that I’ve been doing. Unfortunately, I’ve always felt it was lacking. The only output format in 2011 is WMV which doesn’t work that well on my Android phone and tablet. It also doesn’t have the greatest audio options. For example, there is no way to add in voice-overs or control the volumes of background music versus in video audio.
I was beginning to look into other video editing software until PCMag.com released an article called Windows 8 Brings Video Stabilization to Movie Maker. This article is horribly titled and only includes one paragraph about Windows 8 but it does detail the changes to Movie Maker 2012. I’ve now stopped searching for a new video editing tool and have started playing with Movie Maker 2012 to learn all of the new features. For those wondering, Movie Maker 2012 is available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The following are 2 quotes from the aforementioned article that detail the audio and format changes to Windows Movie Maker 2012.
It now lets you record voice-over narrations, and Microsoft has partnered with AudioMicro, Free Music Archive, and the Vimeo Music Store to offer licensed background music for your video projects. The editor also now shows audio waveforms beneath clips so you can see the patterns of the music and narration. Narration can either be recorded as a new track on your PC, or taken from a previously recorded video or audio file. Mixing tools let you emphasize either the video’s original sound, the narration, or the background music.
Output and sharing options have been changed and augmented in the new version of Movie Maker, too. Now, the default output file is an MP4 using the H.264 codec. This is a far more popular format than the WMV files that Movie Maker used to output.