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Q: Windows Movie Maker won't let me import video files of a .MOV extension. Help Please!!

The error message tells me that it is because I do not have a codec installed on my computer.

I don't know if it matters, but I have a Dell laptop.

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The error message tells me that it is because I do not have a codec installed on my computer.

I don't know if it matters, but I have a Dell laptop.


For your future reference only:
There are only a handful of file formays supported by Windows Movie maker. Next time you want to import items to movie maker, make sure they have the right formats first.
The file formats are represented by the last 3 letters of the files.

Below are the audio/video formats accepted by Windows Movie Maker.
• Video files: .asf, .avi, .dvr-ms, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv
• Audio files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff .asf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav, and .wma
• Picture files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff, and .wmf

My personal preference only :
For video files, I would use ......... wmv .....always
For audio files, I would use ......... mp3, wma and wax, in that order.
For picture files, I would use ....... jpg, png, and bmp, in that order.


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The error message tells me that it is because I do not have a codec installed on my computer.

I don't know if it matters, but I have a Dell laptop.

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Movie Maker is not compatible with QuickTime .MOV
files. The fix is to convert them to a compatible format
like .WMV before importing.

There are many programs that can do conversions...
The following freeware is one example...:

(FWIW...it's always a good idea to create a System
Restore point before installing software or updates)

Format Factory
http://www.pcfreetime.com/
(the file you want to download is : >FFSetup260.zip<
(FWIW...when installing...you may want to
uncheck 'all' the boxes on the final screen)

First you will need to unzip the file or just open the
folder and drag FFSetup260.exe out of the folder
and drop it on your desktop. Left click it to install.

First...after downloading and installing Format
Factory...you may want to open the program and
left click the 'Option' button on the toolbar and
select an 'Output Folder' / Apply / OK.
(this is where you will find your files after they
are converted)

Drag/drop your video clips onto the main screen...

Select 'All to WMV' / OK...

Click...Start...on the toolbar...

That should do it...

Good luck...


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