Windows Essentials 2012 with New Photo Gallery and Movie Maker Minus Live Mesh Launches

Windows Essentials 2012 goes live today for Windows 7 and Windows 8 with newly added capabilities for Photo Gallery and Movie Maker - also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8. Among, other the key changes to the Windows Essentials suite is the SkyDrive for Windows application replacing the Windows Live Mesh.Essentials 2012 now […]

Windows Essentials 2012 goes live today for Windows 7 and Windows 8 with newly added capabilities for Photo Gallery and Movie Maker - also taking advantage of some advances in Windows 8. Among, other the key changes to the Windows Essentials suite is the SkyDrive for Windows application replacing the Windows Live Mesh.

Essentials 2012 now at "version 16.4.3503.728" includes applications such as - Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Family Safety, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Movie Maker.

Windows Movie Maker with major advancements in hardware accelerated graphics in Windows 8, has evolved to include state of the art enhancements:

Video Stabilization: Movie Maker has taken advantage of new technology in Windows 8 to smooth out wobbly videos. Just select the shaky video and choose from a variety Video stabilization options and Movie Maker will smooth it out.

Windows Essentials 2012: Video Stabilization

Windows Essentials 2012: Add Music

Music: With AudioMicro, Free Music Archive and the Vimeo Music Store, Microsoft makes it easier to "find music that is not only fitting for video, but also has the proper rights." Now when you go to add music to your movie in Movie Maker, you have the option of getting music from your PC or from three varied music services.

Also, the new "waveform visualizations" added to both the music track and videos so you can quickly see where you need to cut or trim your video to match your music.

And, to help narrate a movie, Microsoft also added a third audio track for narration.

"To add narration to your video, just select the video with narration and we'll strip out the audio and include it in the narration track. Of course, if you just want to record your voice using your PC, you can do that too," explains Brad Weed, on Windows Experience blog.

You can also now choose which form of audio you want to emphasize. This makes it easy to clean up and enhance the audio for your entire movie project with just a single click.

Windows Essentials 2012: Choose Audio Wave Form

Text Effects: Now when you add text in Movie Maker, you can also add an outline that makes the text stand out from the background.

H.264 by default: Now Movie Maker saves to this format by default making it easier to publish your video to popular sharing websites, managing your videos and your files between services and devices.

Windows Photo Gallery in Windows 8, comes with advanced features like Photo Fuse and Panorama, among other.

Auto Collage in Photo Gallery let you just select seven or more photos and automatically arrange them in a collage for you.

Also, now you can share your videos straight to Vimeo from both Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. Once you have your project saved and are ready to share it with the world, "just click on the Vimeo button in the share gallery, choose from a variety of options that Vimeo provides and you're done," Weed adds.

You can download Windows Essentials 2012 exe or web install.

Note: Windows Essentials 2012, more precisely Photo Gallery and Movie Maker, will REMOVE Windows Live Mesh from your computer and replace it with the new SkyDrive desktop app, so if you're currently using Windows Live Mesh, DO NOT INSTALL Windows Essentials 2012.

Here is the video demostrating the new Video stabilization feature:

For those need more specific details, here is a complete rundown of What's new in Windows Essentials 2012 (via Microsoft Answers):

Windows Photo Gallery

  • AutoCollage You can now select up to 50 images and automatically create a collage of your images with this new Photo Gallery feature. AutoCollage is accessed from the More Tools drop down in the Create tab.
  • Vimeo Publishing Plugin You can now easily upload your movie content to Vimeo, (one of the leading video sharing sites on the web today). This plugin will follow a similar flow to that of the YouTube publish plugin and is located in the Share group section of the Home tab.

Windows Movie Maker

  • Audio Narration Movie Maker now allows you to record narration and you can record while watching your video playback. Once recorded you can save the audio file and add it to a separate audio track. You can also add external items such as sound effects to the narration track. Narration can be recorded by clicking on the Record Narration button in the Home tab, or by clicking on the dropdown portion of the button to add an audio file to the narration track.
  • Audio Waveforms Waveforms have been added to help you to know where audio is in within your project. You will be able to determine where the high and low points are to help when making editing decisions. Waveforms are enabled from the View tab by clicking on the Waveforms button.
  • Audio Ducking and Emphasis To accompany Narration, Movie Maker now allows for audio ducking and emphasized audio. When you add a narration to your project, the audio from all other tracks will be temporarily reduced (ducked) while there is audible content on the narration track. You can also change the priority (emphasized) to one of the other audio tracks, reducing the volume on the remaining tracks. You may also adjust the mix between the two non-emphasized tracks. By default the narration track will be emphasized. These features are available from the Project tab.
  • Music Store download integration Movie Maker now provides you with a way to find and download music for your movies from AudioMicro, Free Music Archive (FMA) and Vimeo Music Store download integration. You can now add music to your projects that have the correct rights usage associated with it. Additionally, when you apply a theme to your movies, the credits are updated to include the artists who created the music. Associating the Creative Commons-focused artists helps the artists gain more visibility and notoriety,
  • Deferred Encode Proxy and Disable Transcoding Options After adding non-naively supported video to your project, Movie Maker will now generate low-resolution video previews for use when making edits to your movie, allowing you to edit your movie more quickly than previous versions. You can also disable video preview file preparation and sandboxing of non-native file types when saving a movie. However, this may have a negative impact on performance. These options are accessible from the new Advanced tab in the File menu.
  • MPEG-4/H.264 Encoding (MP4) Movie Maker now supports MPEG-4/H.264 encoding. H.264 encoding allows for smooth and seamless playback of your HD video recordings on a broader range of apps and devices, and reduces the amount of storage required for saving movies. MPEG-4 will be the default file format used when saving your videos, but you will still be able to save your movies using the WMV format.
  • Video Stabilization and Rolling Shutter Correction (Windows 8 Only) You can now stabilize your shaky videos and correct wobbling in your Movies using the new Stabilization and Wobble Correction (Rolling Shutter correction) features. These are available from Edit tab's Videos stabilization button/dropdown.
  • Outlined Text Movie Maker now supports customizable outlined text, improving the overall quality and readability of the messages in your movies.
  • Videos As Audio In addition to supporting a large number of audio formats, you can now use your Video files as an audio source for your audio tracks. To add your audio source from a video file, you can select the Add Music button and then select video extensions to display video files.
  • Vimeo Publishing Plugin You can now easily upload your movie content to Vimeo, (one of the leading video sharing sites on the web today). This plugin will follow a similar flow to that of the YouTube publish plugin and is located in the Share group section of the Home tab.
  • Project Auto-Save Project files are now periodically saved when working on your projects. This will allow you to recover data from your projects in the case of unexpected or unintentional app closure.