Editing Videos With Windows Movie Maker

This is a follow up to my post on Open Source Video Editing as I was not able to find an adequate open source program that would accomplish transitions and title screens.  Eventually, I discovered that Windows includes Windows Movie Maker with Windows XP SP2 or later.  At first glance, it looks like it will accomplish everything I need.  One problem, it will not directly open my DVD video files.  After further research, it appears that Avidemux will convert DVD to AVI or MPEG2.  Windows Movie Maker does not appear to support MPEG4, DiVX or Xvid.  This is fine as I want the final movie I create to be playable on any computer without having to download a codec.

Windows Movie Maker was very successful and easy to use to complete my quick project by allowing me to add a title screen, remove the background audio, add music, sequence everything correctly and add some credits at the end.  The whole project took less than 30 minutes and had the ability to save the file in the WMA format which was easy to play on any Windows based computer.

Update:  Windows Movie Maker is now part of the Windows Live Essentials 2011 pack and is available for download for free from Microsoft.

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