Run into a Solution Editing VOB/AVI/MP4 files in Windows Movie Maker

Have you ever run into a situation where you can’t edit VOB/AVI/MP4 files in Windows Movie Maker. In this part we’ll look at how Movie Maker deals with VOB/AVI/MP4 video, and how you can import them for smooth editing.

Q1:"I got a bunch of video recordings in .MP4 format that from my GoPro Hero3 and Sony PMW-EX3. Whereas, when I wanna edit those MP4 footage in Windows Movie Maker before sharing with my friends, I met problems: the Movie Maker handled with the MP4 files so slowly and some files even couldn’t be recognized. I couldn’t edit my videos smoothly."

Windows Media Player 11 recognizes and plays MPEG-4 just fine but WMM doesn’t. This problem occurs because MP4 is incompatible with Windows Movie Maker.

Q2:"According to what I read, this version of Windows Movie Maker SHOULD import .vob files unlike previous earlier versions. The problem is that when I import, there is no sound and a 870MB file only shows 3 or 4 seconds of video. Obviously something's up."

VOB is basically a MPEG-2 video file which is stored in Video_TS folder in a DVD. As this kind of video file usually contains one or several audio tracks and subtitle tracks that are multiplexed together into one stream form, it is not so easy to playback or edit.

Q3:" I’m new to making videos, I’m trying to make one, but Windows Movie Maker won’t let me import an AVI video! This is exactly what it says:
‘blahblahblah.avi can't be imported because the codec required to play the file is not installed on the computer. If you've already downloaded and installed the codec, please close and restart Windows Movie Maker, and then import the file again’. "

In fact, Windows Movie Maker can support several AVI formats, like Motion JPEG AVI and DV-AVI. In other words, some AVI videos encoded by other codecs are not so compatible with Windows Movie Maker.

Okay, WMM supports .WMV, .asf, .AVI, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpv2, and .wm codecs and you can find that VOB, AVI , MP4 are not in the list. We searched the VOB/AVI/MP4 and Windows Movie Makeron Google, and found the other users are also facing the importing problems.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. The easy workaround is to change VOB/AVI/MP4 to Windows Movie Maker acceptable file format like WMV before importing. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What you need is a just a common video converter like Brorsoft Video Converter. It supports creating high quality WMV video for your Windows Movie Maker, no matter what’s the format of your source video files. It can convert almost any video to WMV so you can import your video to Windows Movie Maker for editing. Plus, it comes with all regular video editing tools like Trim, Crop, Effect, Subtitle, Watermark. For basic video editing tasks, you can even replace your Windows Movie Maker with it.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

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How to Transfer VOB/AVI/MP4 video clips to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Install and launch VOB/AVI/MP4 Video Converter, and then import VOB, AVI, MP4 files to the converter.

Tip: Check the “Merge into one” box, you can join several VOB, AVI, MP4 clips together.

Step 2: Click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “HD Video” to set WMV HD(*.wmv) format. If you want to make changes to the video settings like resolution, bit rate and other settings, click the Settings button beside Format bar.

Step 3: When everything is ready, click the Convert button and all the imported VOB/AVI/MP4 video files will be converted to WMV format by this VOB/AVI/MP4 to Windows Movie Maker Video Converter.

Step 4: Import VOB/AVI/MP4 to Windows Movie Maker

Depending on your version of Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker, the buttons are slightly different:

Import VOB/AVI/MP4 video to Windows Movie Maker: When the conversion complete, open Windows Movie Maker and click Import or Import Video on the left to import your video to the movie collection and drag and drop to the timeline for editing.

Import VOB/AVI/MP4 video to Windows Live Movie Maker: Start Windows Live Movie Maker and go to Home tab in the ribbon menu and click Add video in the Add panel to locate the converted VOB/AVI/MP4 video.

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