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We all know Windows Movie Maker is poorly made software that crashes and doesn't do much. I've looked around the internet but have never found a good editing program thats free. Do you guys know of any good free video editing programs like iMovie for Windows?

asked Aug 27 '10 at 21:50

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Luke oX

I think Windows Movie Maker was better for XP. I don't like the new version at all.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 21:52

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I know what you mean.

(Aug 27 '10 at 21:53) Luke oX Luke%20oX's gravatar image

Actually, Live Movie maker isn't that bad. Keep in mind you get what you pay for and that it's free it's an improvement over the old movie maker. Whenever considering any Microsoft product hit a site like Cnet (http://wakoopa.com/software/windows-live-movie-maker) or my favorite Wakoopa (http://wakoopa.com/software/windows-live-movie-maker) However, when reviewing critiques look at the review date and version number, Currently @Wave 4, Live movie maker is quite a deal. True the earlier versions were lacking but I find the new version quite useful, PCMag gives it 4 out of 5 (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2366352,00.asp) also an excellent and frequently updated site for all things Microsoft is http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/wlmm.asp

I prefer reading aggregate reviews after seeing video of the features in action, tossing out the worst bile and the perfect glowing reviews and deciding with the middle consensus. Also, remember that most people are jaded towards Microsoft, although they've been churning out a ton of free and cool stuff people still hate on them. Go figure, their loss.

Hope this helps.

answered Aug 28 '10 at 04:18

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Well here are a few: Avid Free DV,there's Wax and Zwei-Stein If I find more I'll post them. Just click the names to get the programs. Avid the page doesn't have it anymore but I found a mirror link :)

answered Aug 27 '10 at 21:59

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You won't get any good video editing programs for free, at least on Windows.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 22:53

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If you don't want to do anything too advanced, Windows Movie Maker should do good. But, alas, you are correct. Most free movie editors are so dumbed down that you can barely do anything with them.

(Aug 28 '10 at 09:23) DJ Reidak DJ%20Reidak's gravatar image

Thumbs up because I agree with you!

(Aug 28 '10 at 18:04) Windows7 Windows7's gravatar image

Windows live movie maker, it's a free download and is fairly fully featured. It's pretty basic but very easy to use.

answered Aug 28 '10 at 02:38

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Windows Live Movie Maker for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Pinnacle VideoSpin for Windows XP if you like a stable video editor.

answered Aug 28 '10 at 03:38

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First i would like to point out that iMovie isn't free. Apple gives it to you with every Mac.

Second. Windows Live Movie Maker isn't that bad these days. it can get some basic things done.

answered Aug 28 '10 at 17:07

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"iMovie isn't free. Apple gives it to you with every Mac." You just stated the definition of the word "free".

(Aug 28 '10 at 20:16) Luke oX Luke%20oX's gravatar image

Well, it comes with a new Mac, but lets say you re-install OS X from a retail CD, you also have to buy iLife (iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband). Why else would they SELL it?

(Feb 17 '11 at 18:49) NickMiller NickMiller's gravatar image

Actually Movie Maker isn't that bad, IMO. If you are running XP, you've got the best version of it already. If you are running Vista (and 7 as well, I think,) you can download Windows Movie Maker 2.6 from Microsoft. Here's the link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d6ba5972-328e-4df7-8f9d-068fc0f80cfc

answered Aug 28 '10 at 19:31

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I think I read somewhere a while back that VLC was making a video editing program. ... Here it is: http://lifehacker.com/5432946/vlc-team-working-on-a-cross+platform-video-editor http://trac.videolan.org/vlmc/

answered Aug 28 '10 at 20:39

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