The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 6.0
YouTube has certainly become one of the most important video-sharing sites. Many people visit this site to watch videos, but many others like to go beyond that and publish their own clips. YouTube Movie Maker is a comprehensive suite of tools to make, convert, upload, manage and promote YouTube videos.
Depending on your needs, you can select one of the options from the welcoming screen: Make Videos, Upload Videos and Manage Videos. If you choose the first option, there will be a wizard to help you create your video. The process is quite simple: first, you need to add the videos or images you want to include and put them in the required order. Second, you can add your audio tracks. Third, it will be possible to include subtitles. After you have gone through the wizard steps, you will be able to customize the video by editing and adding effects. This video-edition interface is very similar to common video editors, such as Windows Movie Maker, so it is unlikely that you have any difficulties to find your way. At all times, you will be able to preview the resulting video. Finally, you will be ready to publish the video to either a local folder or directly to YouTube. The second option is intended for conversion and uploading of video files. At first sight, it looks quite similar to a regular video converter. It works by creating a list of files or directly recording video from your screen. Then, you should provide identifiers, such as video title, tags, description and category. Finally, there will be three possible actions to perform: you can simply convert the files to a YouTube supported format, upload them if they are already converted or perform both actions at the same time. As a third option, you can promote your videos. This works by signing in to your YouTube account and promoting selected videos by means of a credit system.
In general, YouTube Movie Maker is an excellent application that comprises almost everything you need to do while dealing with YouTube video. It supports a wide range of video and audio formats and provides editing capabilities. However, it could have been even better if it also supported other video sites. There are three editions of this software. Luckily, the free version is rather complete and without time limits; but if you want more benefits, you could buy the Gold and Platinum editions for a fair price.