The next version of Movie Maker was released as part of Windows Vista and – like most Windows components – reported version number 6.0.6000, same as Windows Vista itself.
It included new effects and transitions, support for playback on the Xbox 360, and support for the DVR-MS file format that Windows Media Centre records television in.
Version 2.1, a minor update, is included in Windows XP Service Pack 2.
The Movie Maker in Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 had more transitions and support for DVD burning.
As the previous version of Windows Movie Maker was no longer included with the operating system, the only way to obtain Movie Maker on Windows 7 and later was through the Windows Live Essentials suite, although some manufacturers pre-installed the application on new PCs.The HD version in Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista also added support for capturing from HDV camcorders.The capture wizard also created DVR-MS type files from HDV tapes.When importing footage into the program, a user can either choose to Capture Video (from camera, scanner or other device) or Import into Collections to import existing video files into the user's collections. In the Windows Vista version, the "Make clips on completion" option has been removed — the clips are now automatically created during the capture process.The efficiency of the importing and editing process is heavily dependent on the amount of file fragmentation of the hard disk.