Solving A Novice Video Producers
Biggest Annoyance With Win 7
I’m a pretty big fan of Windows 7 and if you haven’t already migrated from Vista up to Win 7 you are really missing out.
Yet all my happies dies a vanishing act for a brief while when I discovered that our beloved Movie Maker had gone missing from Windows 7.
Some investigating revealed that Microsoft had bundled a very stripped down, sub-par version into their new Windows Live applications bundle.
The “Live” version has its uses for the average home user on Windows 7 … but for those of us trying to produce videos for our blogs and businesses… its a royal pain in the butt!
To complicate matters, almost all of the tutorials available today are based on either Movie Maker 2.6 (XP) or 6.0 (Vista) versions and that makes for some confusion for a novice to sort out that does not help when they’re already scared to death of being on video.
Fortunately, I was able to do some further digging more recently and stumbled across this handy little site that had managed to get Movie Maker 6.0 version re-bundled correctly for use on Windows 7!
Word of caution is that video rendering is taxing on a computer. If you are running at or below the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 7 (meaning Win 7 is using most of it) trying run this like that is likely to result in all sorts of headaches and system strain. If you have less hardware you’re better off grabbing a copy of Movie Maker 2.6 unfortunately.
Once you have the Movie Maker 6.0 file downloaded, extract the zip file. Inside you will find a setup.exe file. Now I’m not really certain this is necessary but to improve the odds of it running well, right click on the file and select properties. Here go to the compatibility tab, then put a check next to “Run this program in compatibility mode” and in the drop down select Vista Service Pack 2. Then click Apply, Click Okay. Now double click on the setup file to begin the installation like normal.
Now you have the luxury of choosing between using Movie Maker Live and Movie Maker 6.0 and using all the wonderful tutorials available on the web!
I’ve also got another handy trick for Movie Maker coming up soon!
What is your favorite video editing software? Pros? Cons? What advice do you have for those just getting started with Windows Movie Maker and/or just migrating to Windows 7?
I look forward to your comments and thanks in advance for sharing this with your friends if you enjoyed it!
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