malnar wrote:OK I'm pretty clueless. I've got some .mov files that I want to edit. Windows Movie Maker wont open them. I've downloaded both of the programs below (as recommended in Graeme L's faq), but they still wont open in WMM. I've re-started the computer but that didn't help. When I run/open the app It just launches the installation wizard again. What exactly do you do after downloading these?
5) Q: I want to use Window Live Movie Maker to edit my Mov, Mp4 files, but it wonâ€™t import them?
A: Download >>> x264vfw Codec <<< and install it, restart your PC and see if it works.
â€¢ If that doesnâ€™t work, download >>> FFDshow Codec <<<
What version of windows are you running? Codecs are not programs and you don't run them, you install them and they are used by your editing program, in your case Windows Movie Maker.
Make sure you download the latest and correct codec for your version of windows, If you are running a 64bit windows, download the 64bit codec and not the standard version.
To see what codecs are installed
to see if the codecs installed on your computer, do the following:
On the Help menu, click About Windows Media Player.
If the Help menu is not visible, click Organize, point to Layout, and then select Show menu bar.
On the About Windows Media Player dialog box, click Technical Support Information.
Your web browser will open a page that includes information about the related binary files, codecs, filters, plug-ins, and services installed on your computer. Scroll down to Video Codecs.
Same as Windows 7
Click the START button and find the Control Panel.
Click on the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties icon, select the Hardware tab and highlight (click on) Video Codecs. Then push Properties button and select the PROPERTIES tab to view installed codecs.
If you can't see the codec listed there, install it again. If you still can't get it to work, you could try the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack download it here http://download.cnet.com/K-Lite-Mega-Co ... 94603.html
This may sound stupid....but....are you sure you are opening the windows movie maker program and not the codec installation program? Once you download and install the codecs, you do not need to do anything else, just open Movie Maker not the codec.
If you have windows 7, go to the start button, click on it and type in Movie Maker, it should be listed at the very top. Click on it to open it, once it's open, click on the Add Videos and Photos icon (just below animations), then select the movie you want to edit. You should then see the movie clips being loaded into the main screen, look at the very bottom on the left hand side and you will see a little bar with the words file 1 of 1, wait until the bar is totally green and disappears, it may take awhile depending on the speed of your PC. Your movie will then play and you will be able to edit it.