In contrast with the past, when most of us were just video watchers, today anyone can become a movie producer. YouTube Movie Maker is one of those applications that help you create your own videos, and not only that, it also lets you upload the created clips to YouTube using your personal account.
Although certainly not as sophisticated as other tools intended for professional use, YouTube Movie Maker supports a surprising number of features. Fortunately, it has a wizard to take you through all the necessary steps. Moreover, if the wizard doesn’t let you do everything you would like to, you can always use the program’s standard interface.
The video editing process is based on a timeline, to which you can add tracks, resources and effects. As many other similar tools, the program allows importing resources, such as images, sounds and videos. It is a good thing that it supports most commonly used formats. Besides, you can also capture video from the screen or a webcam. Moreover, it comes with a set of icons, shapes, transitions, 3D effects, filters and color adjustments presets. Luckily, you won’t need to render the video to see the results, because the program allows previewing them. Unfortunately, probably due to logical technical reasons, you won’t be able to rewind or fast-forward the previewed clip.
Once you have completed the editing process, you can save it as a template, which you can use later to save time and effort. Also, the created files can be saved to disk as MP4, WMV or FLV. It is a pity that no other video format is supported as output.
In general, YouTube Movie Maker is an excellent application that provides multiple features to create nice videos without too much effort. One thing that I find really useful about this application is the possibility of creating karaoke videos out of lyrics, mainly because it is extremely easy to do.