Story Remix Coming Soon to ‘Skip Ahead’ Windows 10 Insiders

Posted on September 2, 2017 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 15 Comments

Back at Build in the spring, Microsoft showed off Story Remix and it was easily one of the top features coming with the Fall Creators Update. As we now know, that feature is not expected to be released on October 17th but it will be coming soon to Redstone 4 builds.

Chris Pratley, the Corporate VP for Photos and Videos, which includes Story Remix, stated on Twitter today that the new features will be coming to the ‘Skip Ahead’ branch of the Insiders program.

While we don’t have an exact date as Skip Ahead builds are from the less stable RS4 branch and the entire OS can only ship if it passes a series of quality tests, at least we finally know the feature is coming soon. And seeing as Chris is the CVP of this division, he is the best person to know about when this feature will be released.

For those who don’t remember, if you go back and watch the Build presentation, the demo of Story Remix has the presenter add a fireball and explosion to a video clip. If the app proves to be as easy to use as Microsoft demonstrated in the spring, this could become a unique proposition for using Windows instead of macOS.

While “Story Remix” is in the current builds, the special effects features that everyone wants have yet to make their way outside the walls of Redmond.

For now, if you are in the Skip Ahead ring, keep your eyes open for this update and with a little bit of luck, maybe we will see it next week.

Tagged with , ,

Join the discussion!


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Comments (15)

15 responses to “Story Remix Coming Soon to ‘Skip Ahead’ Windows 10 Insiders”

  1. dnation70

    will be looking..not sure if this something I will use and by the way Paul edge on 16353 works pretty good

  2. SRLRacing

    My family keeps a 2012 iMac around for the sole purpose of using Final Cut Pro on it. I am hoping the video editing features in Story Remix can make it so I can finally retire that unsupported system without replacing it with another Mac.

    • Waethorn

      In reply to SRLRacing:

      There are lots of good video editing products out there for Windows right now, even a few for Linux. If you like Final Cut Pro but don't want to get into expensive subscription products from Adobe, try the Vegas Home Studio products. Sony sold them off to Magix recently, but they've made some big improvements too. You can check them out here:

      The nice thing about this stuff is that what you would think would be stripped-down consumer-friendly video editing tools are just the same Vegas Pro but with less support for pro videocams and less video and audio tracks and such. The interface is the same, but they include full tutorials on the Home Studio programs. The takeaway is that if you can learn on the Home Studio products, you can easily move up to the professional Vegas Pro production software, which is a favourite at NAMM every year. It's not like Premiere Elements, where it's a toy piece of software compared to the full Premiere Pro.

      • SRLRacing

        In reply to Waethorn:

        I am 100% with you. The insane thing is, we have the full Adobe cloud subscription including Premiere. My stepdad, who is the primary user of it, is just unwilling to learn a more complicated video editing suite than Final Cut.

  3. kenhes

    Christ can be shortened to Chris! ;)

  4. madthinus

    Why are these features tied to a Windows Release?

  5. SvenJ

    Already got it, in a Photos update. It adds back some stuff I swore I had already seen. You get a new menu option, Create, which lets you create videos out of selected stuff, pictures, videos. You can add music, canned or your own, and assorted pan and zoom effects and text. Nothing earth shattering but does a decent job at composing a video out of a bunch of shots that can be shared easily. For casual users, way simple. Looking forward to the 'effects' when they show up. Have seen some demo's and they seem pretty easy to apply. That's the key. Most don't have the need or desire to learn complex video composition/editing software, they just want to add some confetti to the birthday video. This isn't Movie Maker part two, it is more basic, like the photo editing in Photos isn't Photoshop, but also isn't overwhelming.

  6. SvenJ

    @madthinus They aren't really tied to an OS release. This is delivered as just a Photo app update in the store. It is just restricted to those in Skip Ahead, likely because it is not ready for the general public, or it requires some functionality that isn't there in the current builds. I got an app update, not a new build for this. You might not even notice it happened unless you are an OCD app update checker and see it available before it installs itself.

  7. SvenJ

    @SRLRacing I don't think Story Remix is going to be your salvation. It's easy to use, but it is no Final Cut Pro. Not that familiar with it but looking at the site it seems to have a lot of capability. Take a look at Corel's VideoStudio. Not expensive and the basic functionality is easy, but backed up with lots of capability. It's not a subscription so if it does what you need you can forgo the upgrades.

  8. MutualCore

    What I learned from this forum - Story Remix is shit because some people here don't need it.

  9. WiseCraig

    " If the app proves to be as easy to use as Microsoft demonstrated in the spring"

    This thought is worth holding on to.

  10. mattijzz

    I already have it although I am not on a fast ring or anything... strange... Its fun, works great by itself. Not many customization options though..