A few days ago, the news that Windows 11 would launch a new native video editor for its platform made many users remember windows movie maker, which was at the time one of the most used applications for input post-production. It was expected, then, a kind of Movie Maker 2, but what has finally reached the members of the beta program has been very disappointing.
A good number of technology portals describe it this way. The new editor in Windows 11 has nothing to do with that intuitive, simple and dynamic program that turned out to be Windows Movie Maker (first appeared in Windows 2000, but popularized in Windows XP).
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Clipchamp: the involution of Movie Maker
The application in question is completely new, it is named clipchamp and is not related to any previous video editor of microsoftnot even with the one included (and which is quite discreet) in the app Photosthe same one that debuted with Windows 8 and has survived until now in Windows 11.
It is more of an experiment by Microsoft to integrate third-party technologies into its package of experiences in its operating system. It’s about a video editor that Microsoft recently bought from another company and that has simply been included as a simple and discreet web app in the OS released the previous year.
Clipchamp: Why Doesn’t It Beat Movie Maker?
Clipchamp has nothing to envy to any other input editing software on the market. It even has interesting tools, such as a text generator in 70 languages (through Azure), compatibility with OneDrive and Dropbox, and even a good number of templates.
What is unacceptable, at least for users of Windows Insiders that they already tried it, is that it’s not free and that the version included in Windows 11 is simply a trial edition that will only allow you to export videos in 480p. For everything else, you will have to pay and it is not even a single amount, but a subscription plan.
The price does not improve things. Having the Clipchamp version to export only in 720p is $9 per month. For HD 1080p quality, the minimum decent these days, we’ll need to fork out $19 a month. And if that was not enough, no option for 4K.
The worst thing about the latter is that it’s not even a native program made specifically for Windows. It is a progressive web appwhich means that it is originally written for browsers and, although it works quite well on desktop, it cannot justify such a high price, one that even exceeds the cost of Microsoft 365.
Added to this is that Clipchamp was practically anticipated as ‘the new Windows Movie Maker’, which makes us understand why the community’s uneasiness has been so strong.