If you teach video tech. or broadcasting, then you need editing software – preferably NLE (non linear editing). Today, I attended a workshop on Windows MovieMaker for XP. Now, it is possible that the Vista version is better, but here are some comparisons to iMovie.
iMovie does almost everything better. Here’s a short list of Movie Maker faults:
-previewing video: very poor
-saving movies: only 1 AVI setting, other MWV
-size of timeline view: resizeable, but still very small, hard to see
-editing & volume levels of audio: almost non-existent, very simplistic
-transition timing: only global, can change individual transitions
-controls: cramped, small and hard to use
-importing: possible, but only if you get a firewire add on card or Analog/DV USB bridge
-only one audio track: two if you count imported audio on video
-too many steps to add transitions or effects in Movie Maker
MovieMaker is better
-generic transition preview: I like their transition previews
-TV safe areas on screen
-lower system requirements: poorer product results
OK, so you have a lab full of PCs with XP or Vista, should you download MovieMaker – yes. It is FREE! If you have more money, then get a better program, but for FREE you can’t beat the price. But unlike iMovie, your results will be very limited in what you can accomplish. It would work very well in a middle school or even 3-5 grades. But high school kids need more than this. But if money is an issue, then go with MovieMaker.
If you have or can choose to buy Macs, then go with iMovie.
If you do go with MovieMaker, then get some of the following to help you:
a USB analog to digital converter:
a Digital Camera with audio and a digital media card
or a USB MP3/MP4 video camera