Monday, July 22, 2013

New Export Options for Windows Live Movie Maker

I haven't looked at Windows Live Movie Maker for a while. It had been so long since they had made any changes to the product that I assumed it was locked in amber. There is so much going on that you forget to touch base and review program updates.

In the immortal words of Benny Hill, who probably nicked them from somebody else:

It is now easier to share your content using this video editing program. You might not need a conversion program to crowbar the video into a tablet or other devices. 

There has been a significant changes to the export options. Let's take a look.

This is the new export menu. There is a word that never appeared in the prior version of the program. I never expected to see it in a Microsoft product. The word is "Apple."

For the longest time, Microsoft refused to acknowledge the Apple format or products. Would not import or export to that format. Until now. The almost universal acceptance of video in the .mp4 format has helped moved them from the .wmv format.  This is a huge step for them.

Common Settings

Under the heading of common settings are options to export under specific file formats.

If you hoover your mouse cursor on top of the option you can see the display size, aspect ratio, bit rate and estimated file size per minute. What you will not see is the file format. You have to select the item and you will be able to see the file format in a Save window.

  • HD Display .mp4/H.264
  • Save To Computer .mp4/H.264
  • Burn a DVD  .wmv
  • For e-mail .mp4/H.264

Phone and Tablet Devices

New to the export menu are tablet and smartphone export options that are not entirely Windows based. There is even a setting for exporting to feature phone video.

Before you turn up your nose in disdain please remember that there are millions of potential viewers using feature phones around the world. They cannot view data intensive videos. This is an excellent option for those folks.

In Windows Live Movie Maker you now can export video compatible with Apple and Android devices.

For those of you that want to view your creations on your tablet devices or use those devices as a video delivery system this is your spot. Transfer the video to your device and then you can hook it up to a television or projector. What is not to love about that?

Video Web Host Services

Yes there are other web video hosts besides YouTube. Plenty of them. And almost all of them want video submitted in a specific bandwidth, bit rate and audio format.

SkyDrive isn't a web host; it is Microsoft's cloud storage. My understanding of this particular use of the service is that you could upload a video to the cloud and then view the video on a tablet or have other folks access the video from the cloud location.

Finally, you can also make your own custom settings or just extract the audio from the video.

I will have to review Windows Live Movie Maker again for other changes they might have updated to the program.

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  1. Sorry but my 2011 can NOT save in mp4, I am at present looking for a solution to this, which is why I came across your page here.
    How did you make it do that ?

  2. If you are using the 2011 version you can't. You have to update to the current version of the software 2012 version, Build 16.4.3522.0110 or higher

    It is now part of the Windows Essential package. Only download it directly from the Microsoft web site: on account there are a lot of spammy sites in the wild.

    I don't remember but I think you can choose just to download Movie Maker; unless you want all of the other features in the software.

  3. Gee!! Thanks for this! I was just jokingly searching for legit ways whether Microsoft's Movie Maker can be used to export mp4 and I found this blog. This is really of great help! :D

  4. I know this is an old post for you but I am beating my head against the wall. Running Vista, it doesn't appear MM12 is supported so I am stuck with MM 11. I do not see an "audio only" choice under "Save As". Is that correct or have I lost my mind? Thank you.

    1. Hmm, it has been a while since I have been on Vista or used the prior versions of WMM. I'm scratching on old memories here but there has always been a way to save audio in the modern version. Users could save audio as .wma or .wav depending on the version. This will do you no good if you want straight mp3. You'd have to get a converter or use software like Audacity to convert the file format. One good resource for old school WMM is

      I found the old Microsoft Vista WMM page with the sequence of:

      To publish a movie to your computer

      Click File, click Publish Movie.
      Click This computer, and then click Next.

      In the File name box, type a name for your movie.

      In the Publish to box, choose where you want to save your movie once it's published, and then click Next.

      Choose the settings (this could be where you could select audio) you want to use to publish your movie, and then click Publish.

      If you want to watch your movie after it has been published, select the Play movie when I click Finish check box.

      Click Finish.

      I hope these help.


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