Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista
Windows Movie Maker 2012 is a very popular and versatile free video editing tool that is a part of the Windows Essentials 2012 software suite. The program is a editor that allows even novices to edit their videos and add a number of effects and transitions. With so many people uploading personal videos to Facebook and YouTube, this easy to use movie production software is a great choice for most users.
One of the recent updates to the program is that it now takes advantage of hardware acceleration to speed up the process of exporting, converting and saving video files. Another feature that users will love is the video stabilization feature. Since not all cameras have this feature and the majority of personal videos are not filmed with tripods, this allows even shaky home videos to look smooth and steady.
This video editor also allows users to cut out sections of video, from the beginning, end or middle of film and add audio tracks to files. Additionally, with the video timeline feature, people can see where the audio tracks are going in reference to the video file. Users have the ability to save their final edited video to a number of different video qualities and sizes, so that files can easily be shared to computers, social networks and mobile devices.
Additionally, Windows Movie Maker 2012 gives users the ability to create storyboards, edit a number of different video files together and adjust audio levels. While this tool is excellent for beginners with only basic needs, it is not a tool for advanced users who require more editing and filtering options.