Xilisoft Movie Maker can help you create your own home videos. It has a nice interface, in which a timeline and a preview screen are the main elements. Although creating a video using this tool is as easy as importing the source clips and arranging them, there are also other features to help you get customized results.
Multiple video formats are allowed as input. It is a shame that you cannot import pictures, which would allow you to create photo slide shows. Another limitation is that the tool does not support importing video from DV devices or webcams. Fortunately, you can import either individual files or complete folders. Then, the imported clips will be automatically added to the timeline. However, it is logical that they are unlikely to be in the desired order. Therefore, you will need to re-arrange them according to your needs. This simple action can let you merge various source clips, but if you need further customization, you can use some of the other editing features available. You can add transitions between the clips from an extensive set of presets. Once added, they can be customized to use a given duration or pattern. The editor also allows extracting various segments from the same source file as well as splitting a clip. These operations will let you delete unwanted parts from the original movies. In addition, you can crop the visible region of the frame to avoid unwanted elements or highlight important ones. Finally, you can also import an external audio file to serve as background for the whole sequence.
Multiple output profiles are supported. As they are properly classified according to use or supporting devices, you will not have any difficulty to choose the most appropriate for your purposes. These presets can be customized and saved for later use.
All in all, the main advantage of Xilisoft Movie Maker over other video editing programs is its usability and affordability, because it certainly lacks the sophistication that can be obtained from expensive software.
- It is easy to use
- It has an affordable price
- It supports multiple input video formats
- It supports various editing features, such as transitions, trimming, cropping and splitting
- It does not allow importing images
- It does not support importing video from DV and webcams
- It does not allow sophisticated editing functions like overlays, filters, animations and effects