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What are the good alternatives to Windows Movie Maker in Vista?

I discovered that "Movie Maker" can't do some tasks with my files. Can you, please, recommend some other movie editing software?

Additional details: I bought a handycam with 60 GB HDD installed in it, but then I discovered that it automatically splits the video (that is being captured) into small short clips. When I tried to combine them together with the help of "Movie Maker", I received a message saying that something either about the size or interface or format is wrong (I am currently in Taiwan and am using Chinese Windows XP, so it's all in Chinese, but I don't understand Chinese).

In fact, I noticed that the format of those short video clips on my camcorder is not listed in the list of possible formats that "Movie Maker" can recognize and work with. So, while trying to transport the video from the video camera to "Movie Maker", instead of choosing one specific extension, I have to choose "All Files", and that's when, after clicking on "OK", I get the message that something is wrong.

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Dupe? superuser.com/questions/13201/… Does that answer your question? –  Troggy Nov 23 '09 at 22:56
    
it might be helpful if you told us what tasks you're looking to do that Movie Maker can't accomplish... –  quack quixote Nov 23 '09 at 23:25
    
@Troggy: Thank you very much! –  brilliant Nov 24 '09 at 6:49
    
@~quack: (1) I bought a handycam with 60 GB HDD installed in it, but then I discovered that it automatically splits the video (that is being captured) into small short clips. When I tried to combine them together with the help of "Movie Maker", I received a message saying that something either about the size or interface or format is wrong (I am currently in Taiwan and am using Chinese Windows XP, so it's all in Chinese, but I don't understand Chinese). –  brilliant Nov 24 '09 at 6:59
    
@~quack: (2) In fact, I noticed that the format of those short video clips on my camcorder is not listed in the list of possible formats that "Movie Maker" can recognize and work with. So, while trying to transport the video from the video camera to "Movie Maker", instead of choosing one specific extension, I have to choose "All Files", and that's when, after clicking on "OK", I get the message that something is wrong. –  brilliant Nov 24 '09 at 7:03

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Depending on how extensive the editing is, VirtualDub is great for smaller tasks. It can capture video as well.

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Thank you, John T!!! I will research this link. –  brilliant Nov 24 '09 at 7:04

Gonna have to disagree on Windows Live Movie Maker. Though it can handle more formats in Windows 7, it still has far fewer features than the Vista Version of Movie Maker(v6). Movie Maker 2.6 is available for download but it's too bad with the expansion of playable formats in WMP12 that they didn't continue development of Movie Maker in 7. Hopefully they will speed up the development of Live MM. Here is a link to the 2.6 version along with an effects package you can add to it and several other apps for making movie slide shows, flash video slide shows as well as conversion and dvd editing freeware.

[http://shareme.com/showall/freeware/movie-maker.html%5D

And another DVD conversion/authoring program called DVD Free Studio is available at snapfiles.com

Good Luck

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I think they moved Movie Maker and Outlook Express to Windows Live to draw people there and compete with online companies. They'll probably keep the development going. –  xpda Nov 24 '09 at 1:26
    
@ssc73: Thank you for sharing this information here and also thanks for the link! @xpda: Competition is just about everywhere these days :) –  brilliant Nov 24 '09 at 7:11

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