According to a recent post on the WindowsLiveWire blog, the Windows Live Movie Maker beta software is undergoing some changes in preparation for the launch of version 1 of the software which will be released later this year. Based on user feedback, the team is revamping Movie Maker to include more transitions, more effects, multiple soundtracks, and more video editing features like trim and split – the sort of things that went missing in between versions when, in an effort to simplify the software, features were removed.
Also in version 1, the team has developed a new approach that should hopefully address people’s requests for something resembling a timeline where things can be drag and dropped into place. It will also let you see at a glance which clips are longer than others. They’re not saying what exactly their solution is just yet, only that they’re aware of these limitations and are working on…something.
Finally, as far as the requests for Windows Live Movie Maker working on XP…well, on this one you’re out of luck. XP users can still use Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP, but the team says they won’t be supporting XP at this time since the new engine for Movie Maker takes advantage of technologies only found in Windows Vista and higher operating systems.