Movie Moments

Hands on with Movie Moments for Windows Phone 8.1

We’ve been playing with Microsoft’s video editing app, Movie Moments, and we think many of you are going to like it. You’re going to need Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers or a Windows 8.1 PC/tablet if you want to check it out. In just a few steps, it turns your video clips into short movies with captions and music.

Head past the break to watch our hands-on video with Movie Moments on the Nokia Lumia Icon.

Movie Moments lets you record video from within the app or select an existing one from the camera roll. You’re allowed to have up to 60 seconds of video, so you might have to do some trimming. Simply drag the beginning and end points.

The second step lets you add fun, colorful captions in a range of styles. Drag the playback button to the position you want and then click the caption button above it. Type the caption and swipe round to see which style you like. Each caption has animation, so make sure to browse through them.

Movie Moments caption

The third step lets you add background music to your movie. Microsoft has included a few songs for different moods, or you can use songs from your collection.

Once you’ve edited your mini-movie, you can save it to your phone or share it via OneDrive or Facebook.

Movie Moments music

Capturing video footage with our phones is so easy, that we end up having many of these clips sitting dormant on our devices. With just a few quick edits on Movie Moments, you can have a shareable story on video with animated captions and background music.

Movie Moments is a free download from the Windows Phone Store. It is also available for Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store. Go download it now for your device and let us know what you think!

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karelj says:

Seems faster.....



I'll see myself out

Jack24Ctu says:

Awesome app, It's really good..

NIST says:

Giggity giggity...oh ya.

sip1995 says:

It's free :)

Life Artist says:

need to be able to share to 6tag/6snap

Ekon says:

Agreed. First and only thing I tried. Then was instantly disappointed. But I think that's a 6tag/6snap/instagram issue. Don't they have to implement it?

Xpider_MX says:

Yes, apps needs to implement the "Share" feature.

Share is great, I love that feature.

kevC4D says:

It's an ok app. I was really hoping for something that could edit clips together. Triming in and out points is hardly editing.

Life Artist says:

I agree. I was only able to take an existing clip, trim it, add captions and add music. You can't place multiple clips together which is lame. First impression I thought it would give you an HTC ZOE type clip with some control over music. Nope. 

SwimSwim says:

This of course is where third party apps come in. This app is fine for those wanting to make very quick clips to share, but third party developers are more than free to make more fully featured apps. In fact, isn't there already a more fully featured app available? Reported on this very site, even?

kevC4D says:

Yeah, but 3rd party apps hardly look or work as good as MS ones (at least most of the time). I do have the other 3rd party app, but you cannot do much unless you buy it. And their idea of putting an ad in the middle of your video is nonsense. I'll just hope that Microsoft is serious about this app and continues to add features.

Life Artist says:

I thought that part of the trial was pretty hilarious. I bought it anyways, Movie Maker 8.1 is exactly what I need for on the go editing and its way faster at rendering videos then the apps I have on android. Just need more apps for it to share to.

SwimSwim says:

I agree. But that's where capitalism takes over. Either Microsoft will listen to the consumer and win customer loyalty, or another great app developer (*cough* Rudy *cough*) will come along and make a great app that had tons of features and/or a great design, which will make them lots of $$$ and loyalty.

So it'll all balance out in time (especially if another good app comes out that doesn't insert ads into the middle of the videos made on the free version). However, the current app developer seems to be responding well to feedback, so maybe making some design suggestions will help see them implemented. :)

kevC4D says:

So, having actualy used this app.. I changed my opinion. This app is very usefull. I would still love to see the ability to edit more than one clip together, but for a quick edit of a clip, this isnt' really bad. My main issue, is the WP version crashes a lot. Last night I lost the same project twice in a row, losing about 10 minutes of work each time. Had to go to the Win8 version to recreate it.

DreadVenom says:

Just used it, very good app. Superb UI from MS. Simply UX. I'm very impressed.

Ashhar Hasan says:

MS usually never fail in the UX and UI departments. Apart from x box music.

DreadVenom says:

I was wondering if someone can assist. I'm in the UK and on wp8.1. I did the region change so I could access cortana but now if I try to purchase apps I need to update my payment details before I can do so. I'd there a way around this. I have £3.50 left on my Nokia voucher to use by mid may and cant do so until I update my details to reflect a US region. Thanks in advance.

sip1995 says:

Change the region again.

DreadVenom says:

Then I lose cortana, no?

lpforthewin says:

Yeah but then just change back once you've purchased something and she comes back :)

DreadVenom says:

Great news. Thanks.

sip1995 says:

Yeah, you'll lose Cortana, but you can do this: change the region so you can buy apps, buy them and then change the region back to US to get Cortana back...btw when you purchase the apps in the UK store, in the US store says that you own these apps :)

Dean Lewis says:

I'm an Aussie expat in Hong Kong. So... Australian region for looking at local things for me, Hong Kong region for buying, US region for Cortana. Grr... lol

sip1995 says:

For me is like this : Greek region to buy apps via my carrier (Vodafone)

                             US region for Cortana and better store.

                             China region for some free apps.  

btw my mum is

manwe says:

what free apps does the chinese store have?

sip1995 says:

A lot of free apps that you have to pay in other regions/countries.....that's not fair.

Ashhar Hasan says:

It is a great first step. What should be added in the next iteration:
•60 second limit removed
• trimming, splitting, removing and reordering split parts
• audio track volume control
• audio track transitions

I know that's a lot!!! But hey, it's 2014! Frequent incremental updates will be welcomed.

venetasoft says:

Mmm I know an app that does it all :P

DreadVenom says:

Is the offer you made me in the previous article still on the table?

venetasoft says:

Yes the free code is always valid for wpcentral users, just leave a nice review on the Store and email me for the code :)

shaan sarode says:

@vene what app are you talking about? Can I try it out?

venetasoft says:

Movie Maker 8.1. Please read previous WPCentral article about the app, and if you like it, just download MM and leave a nice comment on the Store. Then email me and I will send you an unlock code :)

Medo0 says:

That's a very nice approach from you guys! I gotta tell you I have a Lumia 900 and the ONLY app I've ever paid for is INSTAGRAPH! Can't wait for my Lumia 1020 to arrive so I can try your Movie Maker app! I was kinda disappointed when I knew that there were no apps that apply slow-motion effects on videos on WP, but  then you changed that. Thanks a lot guys!

Ashhar Hasan says:

I already use your app. It's great but I would also love to see MS progress. I hope you keep updating it. :D

mccasive says:

What app is it? I'll just go ahead and purchase it

Dean Lewis says:

60 second limitation I'd probably how they guarantee smooth app operation without lag.

ZuNuKoo says:

Windows Phones are starting to feel more complete. I'm very excited to see what other video/movie apps come out.

Daakkon says:

Hopefully they increase the length allowed in the future. All in all it is a fantastic app and is long overdue.

sisqo88 says:

60 second's limit is the only thing that makes me sick the rest of the app is good

Mark Guim says:

I only need 15 seconds of video with 'share to Instagram'

rubenwidjaja says:

60 seconds already enough for mobile sharing. If want hardcore video editing then use your PC :)

TJWINS says:

Can't wait for professional grade video and audio editing apps to hit Windows Phone like other OS's. I'm really looking forward to it.

armandojv says:

I keep trying to make a movie and half way through preparing the end product, it crashes. :(

John_Mac says:

Can you post your phone hardware and OS version #?

Email feedback to

armandojv says:

Ok it only crashes when I use the second theme for the pop up text. Everything else works fine.

John_Mac says:

Is that the "Halftone" theme? That's one of the more complex effects. If you could get us a set of steps you go through (the text you entered, how many captions you add, and where along the timeline you add them), we might be able to find the cause.

armandojv says:

Yes it is the halftone. Even if I add one text box it crashes. I tried with one letter minimum and same results. Music or no music, same thing. I added the text in the beginning, half way and at the end. I tried pretty much everything. Is the only theme that crashes.

jawss says:

I have the same issue with halftone and 1 minute videos with music. On a 1020

armandojv says:

Yeah I have a 1020. But I am sure there will be a fix for this soon enough.

spinzeroWL says:

Hi John,
Some initial would be great to have a 'save project' feature. I'd like to be able to go back to my project rather than do it all at once.
Also, are we only able to add one video clip?! I can't see an add media option anywhere...?
Please keep developing this app - it has lots of potential (and MS desperately needs to bridge the gap between WP8.1 and iMovie on iOS.
Many thanks

chriswp says:

Movie Maker lacks this too, but I asked to the dev and he said he is working on it and should be available next week :)

John_Mac says:

Yes, only one clip is allowed at this time. However, if you tap the purple blob above the timeline in the trim video step, you can split the clip.

drg says:

Happens to me as well on Lumia925 with WP8.1.

trimming a 22 second video to 12 seconds, no BG music, half tone caption about 55 chars long at the start of the clip. crashes about a quarter of the way through processing.

works fine with other caption styles.

John_Mac says:

Ok, thanks for the feedback everyone. I think there must be something wrong with the halftone style. We'll look into it.

RXT00 says:

This had the same bug as remote desktop, will make your glance screen upside down.

Sahil Kutty says:

Lol yeah, upside down and sometimes even mirrored!

They need to add multiple clips, video transitions, video effects (slow mo, stablizer, color, sharpness, brightness, etc...), and longer length of video. 5 minutes would be good. Or just get Adobe to make a mobile version of Premiere Pro/After Effects.

milfermon says:

Slow mo would be awesome

RaRa85 says:

How long is it supposed to take to download the recommended music? Clicked on the download option and it took forever with no signs of progress or downloading so I cancelled the option.

dorelse says:

So this is HTC Zoes on WP essentially?

NIST says:

60 seconds is about right for porn made by Rodney. I hear he's a "minute man".

Ed Boland says:

So can't we use this app to "edit" our video clips (with the 60 sec limit), save them, and then combine them into a "movie" with Venetasoft's Movie Maker 8.1? I've purchased the latter, but have yet to dive into it. Does it have this time limit?

milfermon says:

I just wish I had a pause button for filming videos

jawss says:

Still waiting on something like cameo on iPhone.. Takes 5 seconds of selected clips and adds royalty free music. Hoping Nokia storyteller v next will fill that gap

aromal_tc says:

Rate and review take to Xbox music

John_Mac says:

We've fixed this in an update that rolled out yesterday. Try again :)

aromal_tc says:

Now please add a pause and zoom option while taking videos it is a must. It is shame that this BASIC features not available in default camera app also even in wp8.1 please add it
Secondly add an option to open movie maker as a lens from camera menu
3. Wp8.1 introduced start screen background why still Microsoft apps doesn't support it by providing transparent tiles

eroselim says:

Looks good. :) im not into videos but this makes me wanna go into there :)

MS is ony a roll here, first the Reading List now this. These apps really make WP OS feels like it's evolving along with all the Windows 8/RT/Phone apps (Food, News, Sports, Finance etc.) they just need to find a way to tie them all together.

@venetasoft : ur email id please!

DreadVenom says:

Having used both this app and movie maker 8.1(shout out to @venetasoft for the code) they are both both advancing the platform nicely. MS' app though it has a 60s stream limit will be targeting a more social group, with its simple UX and elegant UI, new users will find it easy to approach and use. MM8.1 is a wonderful app, very feature rich and usability caters for both novices and experts who want a more robust experience on their phones. I can't wait for both these to get future updates.

iGeorge23 says:

This really isn't a movie's just a trimmer...

John_Mac says:

You can also add captions and music to your videos with it.

Hakmi Shah says:

Garbage... First time used, the application crashed second time my Lumia 1520 froze for more than a minute... Stupid app no third time uninstalling

Lo0ukas says:

Great app, but once you add several captions and change style of a single one, all of the captions gets changed to this selected style too. I think that's not supposed to work this way.

John_Mac says:

That is the intended behavior. The reason is so that the whole movie looks cohesive.

Mohd Islam says:

this app will be a anyone who has used imovie app on ios...C'mon microsoft this is 2014 

lil_mt says:

Hi, can someone advise me why I cant download recommended songs?

John_Mac says:

Are you connected to WiFi or data? You can't navigate away from the page while downloading or else it will pause.

If nothing else works, please try uninstalling and reinstalling the app. That has the potential of fixing the problem.

lil_mt says:

Thank you, I have it.. Problem was with ;(


App is gud but adding music doesn't remove the original audio of d video which is very much annoying as it creates noisy experience

John_Mac says:

In the Music page, tap the "mute audio" button (speaker and film strip icon) in the app bar. This feature does what you are looking for!

undulose says:

Can't wait for official WP 8.1 and Lumia Cyan Update...