Movie Maker

LQ: 8.9


Brain grade: 8.4
Fun score: 9.4

Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: , ,

Movie Maker is a free program on Windows PCs that allows users to import and edit video footage taken by webcams, camcorders, or mobile devices. Users can add transitions, enhance audio, add color, and insert text with the easy-to-use features available in the program. Once users import video into Movie Maker they can make choice edits, or add it to a larger filming project. Video files from Movie Maker can be directly uploaded to YouTube, Facebook, or Windows Live SkyDrive from within the application. Movie Maker’s interface is fairly involved, and it recommended for children 8 and older.

Movie Maker can help your child practice Flexibility, Organization, and Planning.


Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.

Movie Maker's assortment of editing tools tasks users to understand the cause and effect relationship that each function has on a piece of footage. Users will constantly experiment with different speeds, color effects, transitions, and audio to match the video with their vision for the project. Users will find their film projects always evolving as edits and effects are added. Film making is not a static process. Though there may be a linear plot or an overarching vision that drives its production, creating a unique film requires users to explore a multitude of editing and enhancing techniques. From quick cuts, to well-timed transitions, users must engage their adaptive thinking skills to create a cohesive film.


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

When putting together a film clip in Movie Maker, users will often have many pieces of useful footage. Due to the large amount of content involved in making even a short clip, users must understand how to keep their files organized on-screen, to avoid clutter. Your child must make necessary footage available for easy retrieval. All imported clips will appear on the Movie Maker screen. Users must systematically sort them by theme, order of appearance, or length. Film making is inherently organizational, as well. Film projects can be divided by chapter or scene, allowing users to a break up their projects into smaller, more manageable pieces.


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Films begin with an idea, a plot, or a blueprint that serves as a guide to achieve a finished product. Users must employ strong sequencing and preparation strategies when using Movie Maker. Your child will practice planning with every step of the movie making process, from writing a script to editing the transitions and audio. A solid plan will reduce the amount of time spent laboring over the film's minutiae, which ultimately eases the editing process.

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