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How to Import AVI files to Windows Movie Maker


Q: I am trying to make a movie using Windows Vista (64 bit) Windows Movie Maker. I have a .avi video file that I wish to import (frame 640 by 480, 352 kbps bitrate, 30 frames/second, 60.3 megabytes). The file plays normally (audio and video) in Windows Media Player. However, when I import the file to Movie Maker, only the audio portion of the file comes through. In other words, when I put the imported file into the moviemaking timeline, I hear the clip but there is no picture. There are no error messages, that's just what happens.

Windows Movie Maker can import most file types, but not all file types will work when you try to use them to make a movie. Although AVI is on the list of Windows Movie Maker supported video files, there are many types of .avi files in fact and some can be problematic. If you are mired in the mess, read on to find out the solution to importing AVI files to Windows Movie Maker in a smooth way.

Usually, installing a codec package may clear this up for you, but converting the .avi to the .wmv format before importing into Movie Maker maybe the best idea. It will ensures a perfect AVI importing, playing and editing workflow with Windows Movie Maker. Here is the step-by-step guide on transcocding AVI to WMV for Windows Movie Maker with Brorsoft Video Converter.

This video app can help you change AVI into a different format (e.g .wmv, .mpg) with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into Movie Maker with smooth editing without any video/audio trouble. Download it now and follow the steps to convert your .avi videos to Windows Movie Maker for editing. Below is how to.


Step 1: Run AVI to Movie Maker converter and you can import AVI clips to the program through "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button. If you like, check the "Merge into one" box to join AVI clips together.


Step 2: Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for Windows Movie Maker. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "HD Video" to set WMV HD(*.wmv) format.


Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click "Settings" icon to and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Click "Convert" button to start encoding AVI to .wmv for Windows Movie Maker program.

When the AVI to Movie Maker conversion task is finished, click "Open" button to get the exported files for transferring to Windows Movie Maker with easy playback or editing.

Additional Tips:

This AVI to Windows Movie Maker Converter not only can help you convert .avi to WMM, but also enables anyone with AVI files to use in any non-linear editor like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, etc as long as transcode AVI to a recognizable format.

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