Original title:Issues with Windows Movie maker 2.6
Alright, first off, if you're taking the time to read this, many thanks.
To make a long story short: When I bought my laptop I didn't like the Windows 7 version of Windows movie maker, a program I frequently use.
So after some searching, I downloaded Movie Maker 2.6, which is the version I'm familiar with from my old computer, which ran on Windows Vista.
Thusfar I have only had minor issues, like the program freezing during editing and causing me to restart my project without saving my work, so I began hitting CTRL+S every time I make a new edit, added a new clip, or just felt like it. This has reduced most of the frustration from this problem.
But lately, today and yesterday especially, I was finishing up a project I had lying around, and the freezing became more frequent. But when I shut down the program and tried to start over, no matter how many times I try or what method I use to open it, WMM wouldn't start up at all, unless I either restarted or completely turned off my laptop altogether and rebooted it.
After the first few incidents of this happening, I noticed that it was taking longer at start up to check the project files. The more it went on, the more ridiculously long it took, sometimes ten minutes or better. I thought it was just because I was adding more clips to the timeline.
And then when I finally finished the video and went to publish it to my computer, it really knocked me for a loop when it said it would take over 6,000+ minutes to publish! That's almost six days, people. So, I shut the program down, tried it again, and still came up with the same issues. I've tried redoing this several times and still the same result. I'm losing my patience. And now not only is publishing giving me a hard time, now the prolonged source file check is taking almost twenty minutes to a half hour.
I tried opening other, smaller projects, but I'm getting the same problem.
I defragged my hard drive, manually deleted files I don't need anymore, to see about clearing up some memory, but still the same.
One theory I have is that because I recently compressed the folder containing all of my source clips, in an effort to clear out memory also (can't afford an external drive and my flash drive only holds so much), it may be causing Movie Maker to malfunction
in this way. I didn't have these problems before I compressed the folder. Is that possible?
The clips all function in the movie maker proper, and work properly when previewing the movie, except for the occassional skip here and there when there's a lot of editing and effects going on.
If anyone has any ideas, theories, or answers to this issue, I would be happy to hear them.
Also, one issue i forgot to mention but is minor--just an annoyance really--is that some of my clips, when saved in the AVI format, import into Movie maker as grey and skewed to one side. This I solve by saving them in AVI 640 x 480 format, and they work just fine and in the same quality as the original clips.
Anyway, thank you for reading, and any help you can offer would be appreciated.
many thanks, AMVist