Right now I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place, as Windows 7 doesn't have Windows Movie Maker.
It's replacement, Windows Live Movie Maker, is a complete garbage product with many features (such as timeline) stripped out of it. It almost looks as though it's trying to be Windows Live Photo Gallery for videos or something.
A stand-alone "2.6" version of Windows Movie Maker which is said to work with Win7 does not allow me to import video files and place them on the video track line, it thinks they're audio files. Any older versions of Windows Movie Maker that I can find (e.g. 2.1, 2.0 etc.) are bundled into Windows XP SP3, so I doubt I can access them on Win7...
I've also tried Cyberlink PowerDirector 5 and Sony Vegas 7 for my free video editing needs, but both are slow software with bloated user interfaces that just aren't going to get the job done.
Any suggestions from the audience?