Movie Maker 8.1 receives major update with Instagram video upload support

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Movie Maker 8.1 for Windows Phone is the ideal app for those who love to use the video recording capabilities of Windows Phone 8.1, specifically with the ability to edit those short films. The app has today been refreshed with a bunch of new features included, including the ability to upload videos to Instagram. Not only has the developer added requested features, but Movie Maker as a whole is becoming more open, collaborating with other platform developers to make the app even better. Let's just say the future looks bright for this app.

Interested in reading about what's new in version Here's the changelog:

  • Instagram Upload (IAP) – the first native Windows Phone 8.1 app to upload videos to Instagram (after Instagraph on WP7/8)
  • YouTube Upload (thanks to the external app "Upload to YouTube", which we just covered)
  • Live Movie Maker for Desktop Final release – one click import and export to and from a pc via W-Fi, auto-pairing on 99% of domestic networks
  • New Zoom + Rotation transition (think "old batman TV series" style)
  • Downloadable background music library
  • Redesigned UI: two-level UI and new tool categories
  • "Unlock code" menu to let users easily enter promotional codes (old codes can be re-used to restore the unlock if necessary – but shouldn't be needed)
  • "Extra content" page to check out all the IAPs purchased and look through all those available

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Also, as lightly touched on in the above changelog, new content will now be offered as in-app purchases with each listing packing a trial period of 24 hours to allow users to test drive functionality. It's a neat update with plenty of work happening behind the scenes to pave way for future updates. We highly recommend this app. What's more, Venetasoft is giving away a limited number of copies for free to Windows Phone Central readers again!

  • Simply download the trial (if you haven't already done so)
  • Fire up the app and tap the menu to bring up extra options
  • Hit "Have a promo code?" and enter "_wpc_code__" (all lower case) into the text box
  • Enjoy

Please note that if you're experiencing issues with the code, we've contacted the developer to see what's up. The free trial is available with some limitations (10 seconds video length, no undo/redo or project management, just to name a few) but we're sure many will part with their cash as it's a superb app.

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Reader comments

Movie Maker 8.1 receives major update with Instagram video upload support



small letters "wpc_code" works for me. Thanks Venetasoft and WPCentral!

*first time to unlock using a code. :-)

You can't use the Back button to exit the app. Why ? Not exiting, not suspending, nothing.

Little bug...Fix under certification now :)
Just hold down the back button and close MM if needed, then select the 'continue last project' menu from the start page.

would be cool if when trimming the video... you can set the length u want and slide it left or right along the video... 


kind of like nokia ringtone maker...


you select the length of the ringtone you want like 15sec or 20 sec... then you slide that along the mp3 to select the part you want for the ringtone...


something like that for the video would be nice... cuz i was having a hard time selecting exactly 15sec for instagram upload video...

Working on it....Anyway the "Live" MM for desktop interaction is now full. You can import /export to/from your PC over wifi with just one click with 0 configuration ;)

Make sure you let us know here when it is ready on RT, it looks like you've done a fantastic job on the WP version.

Win RT version shares a similar UI, but with a big screen will be awesome to use !!!
I'm waiting some tech responses from Microsoft support, then it will be matter of days :)

Sounds great!  I went ahead and bought the phone version too, just now, everyone has been waiting for video editing on WP forever and you've really brought it!

Instagram video upload under lock screen is unsupported... Please do not exit/switch the app for the moment.

:crying: again offered free still not got ... still in wp8 not able to download ...o my god not again pls bring the 8.1 rollout fast...

You can with Movie Maker now :)
Anyway with the new wp8.1 APIs is incredibly easy for any app to exchange data with others. I m sure the official Instagram app will sooner or later support it too with next updates...

A free app (paid 0) is unlocked by nature, no you do not need it.
All old unlock codes are still valid too, just re-use it in case you format your phone or your app got locked for some reasons.

To upload to IG, tap the "share" icon from the appbar, then click the IG icon (first on the left).
Video must be between 3 and 16 seconds. To choose the thumb for the video, just move the timeline and select a frame.

Sorry, my bad I found. Should I pay for the Instagram video, cuz I downloaded it when it was free.

The code "wpc_code" it says Sold Out. Does MM remain free for me ? Cos I updated from the free version you offered because of the Italian match.

If you downloaded MM while free (Brazil WC 2014 3 days deal) you do not need the unlock code as the app is paid, so unlocked by default.
Early adopters, who paid the app regular price, have ZoomRoration TR + Backgound Music Library IAPs for free :)

Early (paid) adopters will always be privileged, you should see two iaps for free right now: ZoomRotateTR and Background music Library.
Anyway stay tuned here on wpcentral, new things will happen :)

Thank you. I can only suggest more filters. I really love Movie Maker, will be nice to see more languages soon.

Tomorrow (or maybe later today...) 6 new Real time FXes !!!!!!
Multilanguage under development in these days too (need volunteer translators here ;).

This is one of those apps you don't regret buying on the first day it was released. We need more developers like this. Great work!

No social will be missed ;)
If official 8.1 apps will not support share target scenarios, we ll try to do it by ourselves, "WP style" ;)

Lol I payed and then it went free... That's life! I payed out of £20 bonus money and now I only have 74p left. I really want to upload to instagram D:

Great app though.... Never regretted buying it. I don't have a pc so this is perfect for me. And the thanks for the free content! Kudos.

But that IAP appears on the shareware and disappears in the full version. Have this menu in the full version suggests that something is missing in the full version.

The paid version does not include IAPs.
Early adopters had two IAPs for free, but others are available if needed.

Maybe to show you all that you have or even more likely because the dev plans to continue making new content. Does it bother you that much?

I'm still on the Instagram free trial, and i can't upload any videos :( It only will says 'Something Went Wrong. Retry Later.

Good job btw.

P.S. an option to rotate photos in editing would be perfect!

The free code has been all used up, hasn't it? :(

Oh well, I probably will buy this app, it sounds really good.

My problem is that as I'm using the WP 8.1 preview, to use Cortana I've switched my country to USA (I'm, from Argentina), so instead of paying for apps in my own currency I have to pay the price in dollars and it ends up being more expensive, it seems. The local currency prices are fixed, whereas if I buy it in dollars the exchange value changes (and it's going up :s)

Oh, does it? A lot? There should be an option to define target render quality. I don't know if there would be enough processing power or free space in most phones to do a 1080p render, but well.

In all, it's cool to be able to edit videos from your phone.

On 512MB devices, on effects and transactions only, I use low resolution frames to avoid memory issues. There is some room for improvements, anyway ;)

Venetasoft...Not interested in wp8.1 preview....waiting for fully polished wp8.1.... Thats y ... Anyway thanks for great support to wp & reply to feedback...:clapping:

I bought the app and the plugin, still not working the upload to instagram. Appears the message "Something went wrong. Retry later.". is it just with me?

MM version shortly available on the Store.

- fix: back button issues :/
- fix: instagram upload for > 10 sec. videos
- fix: ZoomTR

In next update 6 new real time Effects, stay tuned !!!

If you find bugs please write me at support[at]venetasoft.it, thank you :)