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Windows 11 update brings back Movie Maker as ClipChamp, for a price

Microsoft released a new preview build of Windows 11 on March 9, in which it announced a surprise new app called ClipChamp.

It lets you create videos, edit video clips, and gives you access to lots of photos and videos that you can use for your projects, but you have to pay a monthly subscription to use these features.

ClipChamp is rolled out to users who are on Windows Insider build 22572 and above. If you haven’t signed up as a Windows Insider to help test early builds of Windows 11, this app should appear later this year in the upcoming “Sun Valley 2” update.

It looks like Microsoft is looking at its catalog of apps, such as Paint and Windows Media Player, and seeing what might work in 2022. In some ways, ClipChamp is the return of the iconic Movie Maker and seeks to appease casual users. who just want to edit clips on the fly, or make their home movies look a bit more professional, as long as you pay a monthly fee.

Analysis: what is old becomes new again, almost

Windows Movie Maker on Windows XP

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Microsoft has both relaunched its apps for Windows 11 and refreshed others that haven’t been updated in years, such as Paint and Snipping Tool.

Movie Maker was a useful tool back in the days of Windows XP in 2001, where you could place random transitions and effects on your photos and videos and then share them via MSN Messenger.

It was released with Windows Me in 2000, a short-lived upgrade to Windows 98, and was supported until 2014but Movie Maker hadn’t seen any major new features since 2007. With the rise of other apps and websites that could edit videos, in addition to being able to do the same functionality on social media apps on your smartphones, Movie Maker has become useless.

However, nostalgia is a powerful thing, and many of us fondly remember the apps we had as part of our childhoods, and for some, Movie Maker is a big part of that. There are most likely users who have a career in videography in 2022 thanks to Movie Maker which introduced them to video editing when they were younger.

ClipChamp seeks to do the same for Windows 11 users, with a modern design reminiscent of Movie Maker, while bringing modern functionality.

But for a monthly price of $9 / £8 / AU$10 to enable unlimited cloud storage, access to stock content and 1080p exports, this may be an example of Microsoft taking a step forward, two step back in what users have been asking.

Via Windows Blog