Windows Live Movie Maker - AVOID!

Windows Live Movie Maker is available for free under the Microsoft Live Essentials application bundle. It's a very easy to use light-weight movie editing package, that at first seems like a great way to quickly put together some not half-bad looking videos.

The problem is, once you start importing a number of media files, and start editing the timeline substantially, you'll eventually start encountering a number of crashes, the most annoying of which is the "Project Corruption" dialog whenever you try to save.

This seems to happen when you do lots of splitting and re-ordering of segments. There's no easy fix for it. You can close the program, re-open a previous save, repeat the same operation, try to save, and you'll get the same error.

What sometimes works is to drop the whole clip that you're trying to split and re-import the original, then try to re-create whatever you were trying to do....

For a large project, this is a sure-fire way to drive yourself mad. So if you're aiming for something longer than two minutes, find an alternative program!


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