Product Preview: Microsoft Movie Maker

You know an application has come a long way when Microsoft bundles it with Windows. With the September 14 release of Windows Millenium (dubbed Windows ME), Microsoft brought video editing to the PC-using masses with the advent of Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker offers a straightforward interface that allows the user to drag clips onto a timeline to assemble a movie from raw footage. When you’re done, you can save your movie in Microsoft’s Active Streaming Format (.asf), at bit rates ranging from 28.8Kbps to 3Mbps.

Shown here are screen shots from a pre-release version of Movie Maker. At press time, Microsoft announced that a future version of Movie Maker will enable uploading of the final .asf files directly to free streaming host called Popcast.com. Now if we could only get more PC makers to adopt FireWire.

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