Windows 10 Photos App Gets a Great Video Editor … with 3D Effects, Too

If you’re pining for the return of Windows Movie Maker, wake up: Windows Insiders on the Fast and Slow rings can now access a Photos app update that provides a surprisingly great video editor.

This update also provides some very basic Story Remix features for videos only, including some 3D effects.

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I’ve already detailed the torturous route that Microsoft has taken since the ill-begotten Build 2017 keynote at which Story Reminx was demoed and the software giant took “over-promise and under-deliver” to new heights (or, lows, I guess). So rather than provide further editorializing, here’s what’s happening.

After months of false starts, Microsoft quietly revealed in early September that it would make Story Remix features available as part the Photos app concurrently with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17. That is, the Fall Creators Update will actually ship with an older version of the Photos app that lacks Story Remix functionality. But once you update the app in the Store, you’ll get Story Remix.

To date, only the handful of Insiders on the Fast ring who opted into Skip Ahead have had access to this new version of the Photos app, which limited the testing field. But as of now, everyone in the Windows Insider program—those on the Fast and Slow ring—have access to the new Photos app.

There are two big new feature chunks: The new video editor and Search. The latter is pretty straightforward, so we can ignore that. The big news here, of course, is the new editor.

To find this functionality, select the Create button in the Photos app. When you do, you’ll get three choices: Video remix, Video project, and Album.

Video remix works like a typical wizard: You select two or more photos and then Photos creates a video from that content. The created video, which includes music and transitions, plays automatically once it’s completed, and you can press a prominent “Remix it for me” button—similar to that found in Sway—to have the wizard recreate the video completely.

When you find a version you like, you can export or share it, or open it in a new video editor.

That new editor looks and works like a very basic version of Windows Movie Maker, and I’m curious to see whether readers feel like it meets their needs.

I think it will. It provides the same video/photo import capabilities as Movie Maker, a nice preview window, a simple timeline that supports drag and drop reordering, and tons of filters, text captioning, and motion effects. There are also video-wide themes, some surprisingly nice music choices, and even aspect ratio controls. Seriously, it looks solid to me.

(Also, this editor is what you get when you choose Create > Video project.)

If you edit a video—not a photo slideshow, but an actual video—you can also add some Story Remix-style 3D effects. I haven’t played with this too much yet, but then I didn’t even see this feature until after I rebooted the PC either.

Obviously, there is a lot to explore here.

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  • rameshthanikodi

    01 October, 2017 - 11:19 am

    <p>Hey paul, I think this went live on the shipping builds of windows 10 as well. Got it in 1703</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      01 October, 2017 - 11:30 am

      <blockquote><a href="#186009"><em>In reply to FalseAgent:</em></a></blockquote><p>Nice, thanks!</p>

      • Tim Edalatpour

        01 October, 2017 - 9:27 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#186013"><em>In reply to paul-thurrott:</em></a></blockquote><p>The search feature is actually fantastic. It lets you search by people even if you have never tagged anyone.</p>

  • RonH

    Premium Member
    01 October, 2017 - 11:20 am

    <p>So, this is a UWP… ?</p><p><br></p><p>Does it have new features and capabilities that we have hoped would come to UWPs?</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • VancouverNinja

      Premium Member
      01 October, 2017 - 1:14 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#186010"><em>In reply to RonH:</em></a></blockquote><p>Looks like it is; it is available on all platforms in the store. </p>

  • david.thunderbird

    01 October, 2017 - 11:51 am

    <p>The store? You mean that POS store that half the time wants a microstuff password sign in!!! FOR FREE STUFF.</p>

    • MikeGalos

      01 October, 2017 - 2:56 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#186015"><em>In reply to david.thunderbird:</em></a></blockquote><p>You mean where you have to identify who you are to accept the licensing terms you're accepting in exchange for the software being free of charge?</p><p>The horror. The horror.</p>

  • SRLRacing

    01 October, 2017 - 12:39 pm

    <p>I have been playing with it on Skip Ahead for a while now and really like what they have so far. If they can keep on building out its features to make it a full fledge editor that is easy enough for anyone to use I think they can have a real winner here. The only real problem as I see it is, will anyone notice these great video editing features are in the Photos app? I almost feel like there should be a dedicated video editing app even if it largely duplicated Photo's functionality.</p>

  • Alex Taylor

    01 October, 2017 - 12:59 pm

    <p>I get that a video editor is an exciting inclusion, but can the Photos app resize an image yet? Or edit tags? Or anything fundamental as a… photos application? </p>

  • prettyconfusd

    01 October, 2017 - 1:20 pm

    <p>It looks great, and I seem to have it on the Release Preview ring too. I'll play with it at some point and see if it fits the bill for my limited video needs – certainly looks like it from your article!</p><p><br></p><p>Unfortunately, when they updated the app back in May it wiped literally all my albums from the last couple of years so I now only have one album than I manually created in June and have been reticent to re-create more in case the app decides to delete them all again. :/</p><p><br></p><p>Does anyone know if there's a way to edit the people feature? Or name the people somehow? It has me as a featured person duplicated about 10 times at the moment…</p>

  • harmjr

    Premium Member
    01 October, 2017 - 3:12 pm

    <p>I like what I see. Hopefully they keep adding to it and it will become a bad ass app in about 3 years. I also wish they would make it a store app. Let people go and get it themselves will make a loyal following.</p>

  • Bob25

    01 October, 2017 - 8:55 pm

    <p>Gave it a quick trial and liked it so far. Except my video washed out color compared to the original photos I used. Don't know if this was the app or something I did.</p>

    • KevinG

      17 October, 2017 - 4:51 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#186247"><em>In reply to Bob25:</em></a></blockquote><p>Paul didn't make it clear, can you use your own audio?</p><p>Thanks</p>

  • NazmusLabs

    01 October, 2017 - 9:39 pm

    <p>"New app" *cough*. Yup totally not part of photos app.</p><p><br></p><p>Okay, just teasing 😛 Not your fault that Microsoft is bad at communicating.</p>

  • Jyazz06

    02 October, 2017 - 3:03 am

    <p>When is the new photo editor coming out…….(?)</p>

  • dontbe evil

    02 October, 2017 - 6:26 am

    <p>and here we go… right on time</p>

  • IanYates82

    Premium Member
    02 October, 2017 - 6:33 am

    <p>I watched hoping to get a flaming fireball, then read the article and realised that version's still not available to you 🙂 It will certainly spice up the next "Brad + Paul do stupid stuff" short film</p>

  • Rob_Wade

    02 October, 2017 - 2:19 pm

    <p>Mmmm. This really doesn't cut it for me. I'll stick with Nero Video. It has just the right amount of sophisticated editing and granularity without going full-on professional.</p>

  • mefree

    02 October, 2017 - 4:15 pm

    <p>I am running the latest fast insider ring build, and my photos app doesn't have this functionality, and in the MS Store it doesn't show an update for the photos app (or any app for that matter, they are all up to date.) In the US, not sure what I'm doing wrong…..</p>

  • Pedrosos101

    05 October, 2017 - 10:51 am

    <p>I get that a video editor is an exciting inclusion, but can the Photos app resize an image yet? WTF?</p>

  • technoworld

    14 October, 2017 - 2:56 am

    <p>If you don't like the photo app in windows 10.. Then this is a <a href="; target="_blank">list of best, free photo viewer for windows 10</a> click here to check it out.</p>

    • KevinG

      17 October, 2017 - 4:50 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#207210"><em>In reply to technoworld:</em></a></blockquote><p>Why? Just put Photo Viewer back in, it works great in 10.</p><p>The registry hack is all over the internet</p>

  • clash123

    09 November, 2017 - 9:50 am

    <p>We want to know more about this. <a href="; target="_blank">screenshot windows</a></p>

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