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• August 19, 2002 •

Microsoft Posts Windows XP Movie Maker 1.2.1 Update

By: Arie Slob

Windows XP Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker version 1.2.1 is an update for Windows Movie Maker, released in Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional. Users who want to create high quality movies that use the latest Windows Media Audio and Video codecs and increase the maximum display size for recording should get this latest update.

This latest version of Windows Movie Maker supports the new Windows Media Audio and Video 8 codecs and is now able to recognize the processor speed for high-end computers so that video can be recorded to display at 640 x 480 pixels. This update improves the quality of saved DV-AVI files.

After applying this update, recording time and hard disk usage may increase, but the resulting digital media files will be of higher quality.

System Requirements

For best performance, this update is recommended only for computers that meet or exceed the following configuration:

  • A 600 MHz processor, such as an Intel Pentium III, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon, or equivalent processor. (A 1.3 GHz processor, such as a Pentium 4, AMD Athlon XP 1400+, or equivalent processor for recording video by using the profiles that display video at 640 480 pixels.)
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 2 GB of free hard disk space
  • IEEE 1394 capture card (for capture from a DV device)
  • An audio capture device
  • A video capture device

You can download the update by selecting it from the Windows Update Web site, it is listed as Windows Movie Maker 1.2.1 under the Recommended Updates, and is 3.3 MB in size.

To learn more about Windows Movie Maker, see Get Started with Windows Movie Maker.