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Microsoft outs Movie Creator as a powerful app wizard for Windows and Lumias

Update: Microsoft has confirmed that Movie Creator is for Lumia Windows Phones only

In 2014, taking a photo, quickly editing and sharing it across various social networks is a common as the smartphones they are created on. There are no barriers to entry any longer. Video, however, is a different story. Sure, there is the odd looping Vine or a straight up video on YouTube, but the idea of creating more artistic creations on phones is something users struggle with these days.

Today, Microsoft is looking to fix that with the release of Movie Creator BETA as a universal app for all Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 devices.

Movie Creator is just one of a few video-creation apps released on Windows Phone in the last year. Movie Creator builds off of Video Tuner and Movie Moments, sitting in between as a sort of "Goldilocks", at least according to Microsoft's Matt Collins.

Features and options galore

What makes Movie Creator interesting is the ability to mix and match different media types, including videos, photos, music, cinemagraphs and location data. Additionally, the user-interface is meant to walk you through the process, let users re-edit creations, and output the MP4 file at various quality-levels for ease of sharing.

Key features of Movie Creator as listed by Microsoft include:

  • Blend up to 25 different individual videos, photos or Cinemagraph content files together with no length limitations.
  • Rearrange clips, Add text titles & captions, Adjust trim & duration, Rotate, control volume, and pan & zoom.
  • Change themes and music (using your own music), adjust volume for both music and the featured videos, and even get more themes from the in-app Theme Store.
  • Branded themes, including several special DreamWorks-inspired options featuring lovable characters from films like, "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar."
  • Output Quality Options: low, medium or high resolution depending on preferences
  • The Movie Creator BETA app is available for all devices including the Lumia 530 and other entry-level Windows Phones or tablets

Finally, files can be shared using the new social sharing capabilities found in Windows Phone 8.1. Videos can be pushed to Facebook, Bluetooth, OneDrive, Email, Messaging and all third-party apps that support the native sharing picker found in the OS.

Ease of use

Microsoft sees Movie Creator as a way to let users create high-quality video designs without needing to know how advanced video-editing features necessary work. Through the use of what Microsoft calls 'contextual help', their new app just walks users through the process in four steps:

  • Add footage: Video, Photo, Places
  • Add text: Captions, Sub-captions, beginning and ending text
  • Select theme
  • Select music through your music library

Each of the video clips can be sub-edited for captions, filter, rotation, pan & zoom, trim and volume. Likewise, by holding down on the individual bits of footage, users can drag and move around the clips in the order that they want.

Under Movie Creator's settings, users can control image quality, pick specific video resolutions, and even adjust the outputs frames per second, all with a few button taps.

In using the app for the last couple of days, I have to admit that it is not only easy to use, but quite fun as well. Microsoft is primarily giving Windows and Windows Phone users a free, high-quality video editing app, but without being overwhelmed.

Availability

Movie Creator BETA is available for Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 devices, including those with 512 MB of RAM and all Windows 8.1 tablets, PCs and laptops. Movie Creator is only planned as a Windows release, and it is not currently slated to go to Android or iOS.

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

195 Comments
  • This looks good, is it nearly as good as movie maker?
  • Why they just didn't update the existing "Video Tuner" app
  • So, does that mean I can get rid of Video Tuner and Movie Moments now?
  • This is an amazing app. I spent a couple of hours on it yesterday to really figure it what it can do, and ask I can say is that Microsoft really put some effort into this. From the various templates to the different music scores to the various controls, very nice.
  • Loved creating 'Zoe's' on my HTC One...great & easy app to make some nice video shorts.
  • Not available on my Verizon 8X. Will try again later just to make sure it isn't a roll out issue.
  • Same with HTC One. Microsoft said all devices, but may be "Lumia Only" for now.
  • It is Microsoft Mobile (Nokia) app, so it might stay a Lumia exclusive. The publisher is not Microsoft Corporation.
  • Bummer, can also confirm not available on ATIV SE.
  • hi! so when will it become available for 'nokia' lumia 512 users?
  • which tells u that ms is a company that doesnt know its azz from its mouth......
  • Hopefully they don't release this for . iOS and Android. Getting kind of tired waiting for stuff on windows
  • Just downloaded on 1520 cv ita
  • Um it's a 165 MB download!
  • This is the first app I have seen over 100mb in the store.
  • There are plenty of games above that... :P
  • No , they are games and it is an app
  • You mean games aren't apps? Apps is an umbrella term for all mobile applications...
  • Then why the category of apps and games are different in the store
  • Actually, apps is a term for all end user programs. Microsoft office, any game or any app you find in a app store is an app whether on PC or a mobile device.
  • He mentioned app not game
  • For me, it's the second app I've seen.
  • What is the frst app
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne is nearly 1 gigabyte
  • Goto store and you will find quick link and read what are the categories there. And then tell apps and games are same.
  • He says games aren't apps...
  • Yes.under quick links featured apps, featured games, new+rising app , game categories are there.
    If they were same this category won't exists
  • Game is an application(program). They've differentiated so that people can understand. Why are there games in Apple's 'App' Store?
  • Wow, let it go.  It's not that big of a deal.
  • Try Great British Chefs, about the best designed app on the store! And its not a game..
  • WOOOW. THIS IS A LUMIA ONLY APP!!!
  • It is published by Microsoft Mobile (formerly Nokia Corporation).
  • And I hope it ll remains that way. We need some windows phone exclusive app and services. If you give everything to android or iPhone and that too free, than why people consider windows phone
  • He might have an HTC/Samsung Windows Phone... This is a Nokia-only app.
  • Yes. That is what I meant. Only Lumia Windows Phones can get the app. Imo since Microsoft Mobile is part of Microsoft now, the Lumia exclusives should be available to all Windows Phones.
  • Yes, few Lumia exclusive apps should definitely available to windows phone eco system.
  • Disagree.
  • No. Because why do HTC and Samsung get to have exclusives but not Lumia.
  • Gee I dont know, the interface and consistency? Maybe WP shouldn't get Candy Crush or any of the apps android and ios have. That'll really differentiate it!
    Devs! Stop porting your apps to Windows Phone! We want to be unique!!!
  • Well I said about MS Mobile made apps. Google isn't providing any of his app , so MS also should not. That's what I am saying. I am not saying that individuals developers or any developers other than MS, should not published their app on Android. Its their choice. But what I am saying is at least MS should support their own OS. Does apple provides their exclusive apps or services to google?? Google also doing the same to Windows phone. So what's wrong if MS do it with few apps or services.
    BTW, it seems you are already jealous. Ouch.... Sorry to hurt you,
  • And this is free don't know why there providing it for free.
  • Too large file comparing with the frequent ones.
  • Store first line description... "Making movies has never been easier, right from your Windows 8.1 phone!"
  • Nice :)
  • That must be a typo as it should be "...right from your Microsoft Mobile Lumia phone!"
  • So when is going to release on android and ios. Ha I got jokes
  • Well, I actually address that in the article.
  • I know man just having a silly day. Thanks for the review and all the reviews you provide us. Big UPS to you Daniel..
  • I'm so pleased to see Microsoft making such apps Windows exclusives. Beautiful UI too....definitely one that will help showcase the platform (and most importantly, differentiate it!)
  • Lumia exclusive? Says unavailable for my 8X (8.1u1)
  • Published by Microsoft Mobile...
  • Figured ...
  • Someone fell in love with purple over at Microsoft. So many Microsoft mobile apps are purple themed.
  • Nokia apps were purple... Microsoft inherited that colour from Nokia.
  • Purple is the color of Royalty my friend!
  • And i love it.;)
  • ...
  • What happened? Your app is Great, too!
  • Just a week before MM2.0 launch :'(
    This is obviously an awesome app, good for users, but will definitively kill all other devs investing time and money on developing video editors...
    Nobody can compete with a free Microsoft app :S
  • It won't...
    Your app is great for the fine controls it offers. I see your app as the one to edit the individual files (slow mo/filters etc) before putting them all together in Microsoft's app. They are complimentary apps for sure...& I'll still be using Movie Maker
  • I have your app. And I'll keep using your app till the end of the world...
  • Your app is different. This is still an automated process and yours is a pure video editing tool. That might be too complex for some users, but you'll still have relevance with others. You can still differentiate with some features. For example, I've needed to drop a logo in the corner of a video and had to do it on my computer. I've seen an app on another platform that does split screen up to four squares.
  • If MM 2.0 brings a better stability with 512 MB RAM devices I'd be glad to use it, it's an amazing app.
  • Those overlooked few of us with non-Lumia devices, love having a great video editing app! I don't regret not getting a Lumia as I love my Ativ S and still have options from 3rd party devs that cover all I want.
  • hey mate your app is just great... keep improving it. wish you all the luck.
  • Don't worry bro we are always with you (:
  • I've bought your app simply because it's the best video editing app for non-Lumia devices.
  • Yes, your app is also good. And it is great to have a choice.
  • Your app is best :)
  • Where is the live lock screen app you promised bro ??? ;)
  • Microsoft didn't realise the API yet. He cannot make an app still.
  • I m still waiting for the api....Ms is a little late, I think they re fixing the small lag on resume before realizing it to the devs.
  • And you app was first in this category. People do love your app because of its simplicity. And most of them even know MM is by venetasoft
  • Thanks to all guys, I love WP because of your passion...Long life to MM, I will try to compete.... ;)
  • We truly love your presence here in the community and the commitment shown by you..... :)
  • Movie maker is very good...keep in mind what a user needs, for future updates. If a user need to creates video reviews for website what effects he will need. Just like that.
  • That's the spirit!
  • MM can upload video to Instagram...I have this little plus :P
  • Yup (:
  • Nice. But just goes to highlight that computing these days is a dumbed down version of what we had on the desktop 10-15 years ago.
  • Are you telling me that you would rather have Sony Vegas on your mobile phone than something simple and effective like this?!
    There's a time and a place for full blown video editing...
  • No, though I'm sure some people would and I'm sure there's a time when I might. Since it's a universal app, then no doubt people would love it on their tablets. I was more meaning that you see people posting photos/videos on Facebook with some basic filters and think they are doing something so innovative and original. Without realising the previous generation of computer users did the same things 10 years ago and are blaze to such things now. I know at times I am anyway, seeing people "discover" things that I last was interested in a dozen years ago. Such is life.
  • Out of topic
    " RINGTONE MAKER "
    got a update after Long time & Hike Messenger got update too..
  • That is a beautiful looking app.
    Glad I bought the 64GB edition of my Lumia 1020....plenty of space to store videos and then edit later.
    Microsoft should have included this in their #morelumia event. Android still doesn't have a decent offline movie editor....Windows Phone now has half a dozen! When you add in how good the cameras are in these devices, Windows Phone could become the defacto mobile video editing platform.
    Good effort Microsoft.
  • Is that the same as the international version? (radios, etc.)
  • It's the O2 / Telefonica exclusive...released in the UK. As far as I know, it has the exact same hardware as the international 1020 variant (the difference being, it has an O2 ROM and 64GB of storage).
    I don't think any UK released Lumia has been hobbled in the way some American Lumia's are hobbled...
    Also, I stuck an international rom on my mum's 64GB 1020....it caused no issues - so I assume the hardware is the same aside from the bigger storage.
  • +520
  • Sweet! :D I'll have to be honest and say I don't know why it took Microsoft so long to get this out.. ​ ​
  • Finally a video editing app from Microsoft for Windows RT! Right? It says all Windows tablets...
  • Hey Daniel - have you tried adding DRM protected downloaded music - e.g. via Xbox music subscription as opposed to purchased music. I think Movie Maker didn't let you use subscription downloaded music?
  • just an off topic question...how to upload a video to a facebook close group using windows phone??
  • Cannot
  • it's kind of awkward as  i am carrying a smartphone not having the ability of uploading video to a close group...  
  • You can probably do it via Internet Explorer (in desktop view). 8.1 allows you to upload files via the browser.
    The Facebook app definitely doesn't allow it...
  • Openning file picker in ie doesn't allow to pick a video only allows to pick images..
  • Log in with IE in desktop mode.
  • while logging to fb insted of being in desktop mode, ie automatcally changes the adress to m.fb.com and in my browser mobile version of fb pops up..
  • Press the hamburger menu button in the top left of Facebook mobile....scroll down to the bottom - you'll see a 'desktop site' option. Problem should be solved :)
    (I just tried uploading a video to a closed group. Works perfectly. Enjoy)
  • great observation... thanx...:)
  • Love seeing Lumia exclusive on an app. :)
  • Now this is impressive as I was just geeting used to Storyteller.  Downloading and will be playing around with it, thanks for the heads up.
  • It is great app but hope it has a black background... I don't know why but, I feel the black background feels superior clean and it allows to show everything crystal clear.
  • There a multitude of choices, under themes.
  • Microsoft should make this come standard with all of their new phones
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  • Finally some good video editing apps on WP....
  • In the description Microsoft said windows 8.1 phone...
  • This is a frantastic app - a little late, but still appreciated. Very easy to use can be as simple or complex as the user wants.
  • Movie Maker 8.1 ftw
  • Is it available for Lumia only ?
  • Yoohoo another beta!!! :P at least I hope it's worthy
  • so will this come to all windows phone 8.1 devices - using HTC 8X, apps seem so limited compared to a Lumia, and yet its still a windows phone... Microsoft needs to make some good apps that are cross -OEM bcos HTC isn't working on anything for the 8x, only the One M8
  • Seriously, how many different apps does Microsoft need to make for this stuff?  It's the same annoying thing as when it was Nokia.  It is absolutely ridiculous to have three different Microsoft branded video editors and something like 10 different Microsoft camera apps.  Consolidate and combine the best features of each instead of wasting time duplicating effort.
  • I agree
  • As Spiderman would say in Spiderman Unlimited: Amazing!
  • Hey Daniel. No ability to choose location manually, a.k.a. as the "cheating on one's partner"-feature? ^.^
  • Looks good, why so many apps! Microsoft needs to start merging apps not bringing different versions out of similar product. Also hope soon we can navigate anywhere in the videos that are played back rather than many just having rewind, forward and pause option.
  • Downloading........
  • Another movie editing app?? Microsoft seems to be using the shotgun approach to these things.
  • Don't they already have Movie Moments? I think they could have just release it as an update to Movie Moments.
    While it is a huge download, it seems useful and I like the features detailed in the article and on the video from Daniel.
  • Daniel how much storage it will takes after full install of the app... Already app is above 100 Mb...i don't have too much space in my phone....
  • It took 192.37Mb for me.
  • I have downloaded all themes and now the app occupies 350 MB in my phone
  • Store description:
    Making movies has never been easier, right from your "Windows 8.1" phone.
    See Windows 8.1 phone and not Windows Phone 8.1
    Microsoft promoting Windows as a unified platform nice :-)
  • Man, this app is AWESOME :D