This is my comparison of Windows Movie Maker 2.6 vs Movie Maker 6.1.
Windows Movie Maker 2.6
Windows Movie Maker 2.6 has got the time line/story board for piecing together your movie of the original Windows XP Movie Maker. It has got the standard preview window of any video editing software, a drop down list with preview window for your A/V clips and gives you access to the built in transitions and video effects.
There is a task panel with sections for Capturing Video that is for importing your video clips, pictures or audio or music/Edit Movie with options to view you collections, view video effects, view transitions, making titles or credits and and to make an auto movie and Finishing Movie with options to save to computer or to send to a DV camera. Also it has the standard menu and shortcut bar.
Windows Movie Maker 6.1
Windows Movie Maker is very much similar to Windows Movie Maker 2.6 and it has got the time line/story board for piecing together your movie, it has also got a new time line called Narrate time line for doing narration in your movie. It has got the standard preview window from MM 2.6 but it has got the Windows Media Player 11 style controls, a drop down list with preview window for your A/V clips and gives you access to the built in transitions and video effects and also some view shortcuts.
The task panel is cleaned up and has got new style with the sections for Capturing Video, Editing Movie and finishing Movie now as fixed lists instead of drop down lists Capturing Video has now been renamed Import with all the same options for importing your media as in MM 2.6 From digital video camera (New in MM 6.1),Videos, Pictures and Audio or Music/Edit Movie has been renamed Edit with options to view you collections(Now Imported media), view video effects (Now Effects), Transitions, Titles and credits and Finishing Movie has been renamed Publish to with expanded publishing options to save to computer, DVD, Recordable CD, Email and Digital video camera Auto Movie has now been removed from the Publish to menu and placed on the shortcut bar. Also it has the standard menu and short cut bar from MM 2.6 but it has got the Windows Vista style to it as this version of Movie Maker has been exported from Windows Vista and has been re-packaged to install under Windows7.
The Installer also Installs Windows DVD maker but you don't need to bother with it as the shortcut just opens up the Windows 7 version of Windows DVD Maker, a Program of interest is the Capture Wizard that allows you to Import video without having Movie Maker open I don't have a DV Camera so can't confirm if it is possible to Import from a DV Camera without opening Movie Maker.
If you are a Windows 7 user and currently use Windows Live Movie Maker or Windows Movie Maker 2.6 or have upgraded from Windows XP or Windows Vista I would advise upgrading to Windows Movie Maker 6.1. For a download link for Windows Movie Maker 6.1 then please visit this Blog.