Summary: Trouble importing and editing MP4 video files in Windows Movie Maker? Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix this issue. Let's find it out here!
MP4 is now not only a common format for movies, TV shows, it also becomes popular with camcorders and other digital cameras that record or save to hard drives or memory cards, due to the format takes up less space than other video formats and the video quality is high. While, importing, editing MP4 files in Windows Movie Maker seems fraught with difficulties for many users.
Q1: Windows Movie Maker can’t recognize MP4
Windows Media Player 11 recognizes and plays MPEG-4 just fine but WMM doesn't recognize them. I would like to import some MPEG-4 files into Movie Maker and work with them - is there a codecs or something that allows this?
Q2: Windows Movie Maker crashed while importing MP4
When I record a video using the surface Pro camera it saves in the 'camera roll' file as .mp4. BUT every time I try to open a mp4 with Window Movie Maker (ie to edit etc) it crashes - and from what I have read mp4's aren't compatible with MM.
We would like to use Windows Movie Maker on our PC to edit MP4 videos, including YouTube MP4 videos, Sony DSC-M1 MP4, GoPro MP4 Camcorder videos, etc. for a better effect. While, it’s a pity Movie Maker is not compatible with MP4 files. To smoothly edit MP4 in Windows Movie Maker, the best bet would be to convert them to .wmv, which is the best codecs with best results when working with WMM. For this purpose, this article will guide through how to rewrap and transcode .mp4 to .wmv(HD) step by step.
Converting 1080p/720p MP4 to WMV for Windows Movie Maker
The quick fix is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorosft Video Converter which can be used as a top MP4 to Windows Movie Maker Converter. It is clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode 720p/1080p MP4 files to WMV, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Meanwhile, this video convert tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro, etc. If you wanna edit MP4 video in Avid, FCE, FCP X, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere Pro, etc under Mac OS X, please turn to Video Converter for Mac. Below is how.
Step 1. Launch the MP4 to Movie Maker Converter and click "Add File" button to locate the .mp4 file(s) you want to add.
Tip: Check the “Merge into one file” box, you can join several .mp4 clips together if necessary.
Step 2. Click "Format" pull down list to select HD Video -->WMV HD(*.wmv) on the dropdown menu as output format. Besides, you can also choose Divx HD(*.avi) as output if you have not installed the .wmv codec.
Step 3. Click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs. To have a smooth editing with Windows Movie Maker, you need create the files with the appropriate resolution and frame rate that matches your source footage.
Step 4. Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner to finish encoding MP4 to WMV for Windows (Live) Movie Maker.
After the conversion, you can find the output files by clicking "Open" button on the main interface, then you can transfer the encoded MP4 files to your Movie Maker to play and edit without any issue.
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