As there are a few tech and other generally knowledgeable and clever chaps here, I want some advice, please. I despise learning new software, but I am probably going to have to choose something new here.
On my home office computer, I have stuck with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (I have later versions at work). The two single reasons for this are simple: 1) Windows Movie Maker (WMM) and 2) If it aint broken, don't fix it.
With a huge effort, from backups, I finally managed to get the Windows 7 on my new computer a couple of years ago and displace the pre-installed system (I hate the two-day tedium of installing everything again having forgotten all your passwords). But this one is now in the autumn of its days (slow, memory errors, freezing, 'no space' messages, etc). And things like Chrome no longer update on Windows 7. So I may need to update when it's new computer time soon. I don't want to end up like Wiz, still clunking by on Windows 98.
I gather on later Windows versions, WMM has been retired. But I like WMM and as it is idiot-proof, I know how to use it rather well by now. I get good results with it. In an ideal world, I'd like to find a polished WMM fork that works on later Windows versions. Is there such a thing?
I got a copy of Vegas Pro, but when I looked at it, it looked like the Starship Enterprise dashboard compared to WMM. More like something professional video editors I have hired use. My needs are not terribly technical (stitch bits together, edit a tad, titles, end cards, replace the sound in sections)
, but I need to be able to use it easily.
But I also have another need: Reels. Or rather short portrait rectangle videos made of several photos or videos set to music. Think Instagram reels/stories, YouTube shorts and TikTok. Ideally, something I can use on all 3. My daughter is pretty good at knocking up TikToks, and somehow they even seem to evade the copyright music ban when exported to other platforms (something in the coding?), but if you export one, it has the TikTok logo on there which I don't want.
So I probably need a simple app to be able to do those on a phone. But it's like not being able to see the wood for the trees. There are so many apps for this type of thing, rather than download a dozen to find they are all crap, or I can't wrap my head around them, or they revert to $50 a month after a free trial period, I need a recommendation for a good one that isn't expensive and is idiot proof.
So, an idiot-proof alternative to WMM and a reel creator app, please. Any ideas?