MovieMaker for Mac OS X

MovieMaker for Mac OS X

Create time lapse movies quickly and easily.

MovieMaker is one of those programs that works (apart from when it crashes), but I can't for the life of me work out why you need it.

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  • Does what it does with ease and speed


  • Deeper options hard to grasp
  • Most people will have no real use for it

Not bad

MovieMaker is one of those programs that works (apart from when it crashes), but I can't for the life of me work out why you need it.

Auto create slide show movies

The premise of MovieMaker is simple, it plugs together all your photos in a single folder to make a movie. Import a folder (either by selecting it from your hard drive or dragging it on to the program window), and the program will automatically do the rest - putting the images together in the order they are shown in the folder.

There are some complicated controls to help manage this if you want to make some changes to the default movie (a splash screen filled with hot-key commands is on hand to help with this). Unfortunately, the complexity of this actively discourages you from experimenting. Indeed, I found it easier to reorder / re-tag images in the original folder rather than trying to edit once in MovieMaker.


MovieMaker does have some handy features before you render the final movie. You can select how many frames you want the video to last, how long individual images will be displayed, and the resolution for before you render the video for play. There are also a host of more technical options allowing that let you select the format of movie you want and the codec it will be rendered in.

The thing is, I am not sure what this program is really for. A folder can be set to show images as a slide show, and the video does not provide enough options to expand on this. MovieMaker sells itself as a way to show holiday pics, easily display security footage, or show a nanny cam, but I see no real use case for any of these unless you REALLY need to share the images with someone, at which point this does offer a small file size.

But why?

You have nothing to lose if you want to give the free demo version of MovieMaker a try, but its deeper options are too fiddly and its function too limited to really recommend.

Create time lapse movies quickly and easily.

Take all of your photos from that recent vacation or just all of your pictures from this past year and quickly turn them into a movie filled with memories that you can share with friends. That's what MovieMaker does. And a lot more.

Do you have a "nanny cam" or outdoor security camera that captures pictures when it senses motion? Managing and reviewing those pictures can be time-consuming and error-prone. With MovieMaker for Mac OS X you can quickly turn 1000s of captured images into a speedy video that you can review or share - with just a couple clicks.

MovieMaker is DRM-free, includes free updates and you'll never have to worry about losing a serial number (because there aren't any!). One purchase entitles you to use MovieMaker on all of your computers.

Import images of types PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF and more. Encode moving using H.264, MJPEG, PRO RES 442 and PRO RES 4444. Save movies as M4V, MP4 and MOV. Specify the dimensions of the rendered movie, the quality/bitrate, framerate, and overlay content (file name, timestamp, gps data). Save your movie to your local computer or Dropbox. Share your movie via email, Messages, AirDrop, Twitter, LinkedIn, Vimeo and Facebook.

New in v1.4: if your camera embeds GPS data, you can now include that in the movie!

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User reviews about MovieMaker for Mac OS X

  • by Dorothy Young

    Not good for basic film editing.. Been looking for an iMovie alternative and found this and Video Editor MovieMator Pro, then bought MoMore