Before you Begin: Converting Your Video Files

We will use Format Factory to convert your file.

File Type

Windows Movie Maker works best with WMV files (and you will export your final product as a WMV file, so we will choose this format). Although AVI files will give you better quality, they may cause WMM to crash quite frequently.   Although WMM accept some MPEG2 files, I have tested it with files from our camcorders, and it will not accept these files.

Settings for normal video and widescreen video are quite different so make sure you know what kind of video you are working with.

Converting in Format Factory

1. Open Format Factory and select All to WMV

Select All to WMV
Select All to WMV

2.  Select your file(s) to be converted by clicking on Add File and then select your original video(s) and click on Open.

Select Add File
Select ‘Add File’
Browse for your file and select it; then click on Open&
Browse for your file and select it; then click on ‘Open’

3. Choose the location for your converted video by selecting Browse, selecting your project folder and clicking OK.

Select Browse
Select ‘Browse’
Select your project folder and click on OK
Select your project folder and click on OK

4. To choose the video format settings, click on Output Settings

Select Output Settings
Select Output Settings

5. For standard definition non-widescreen videos the following settings should be changed:

  • Change Video Size to 720×576
  • Change FPS to 25
  • Change Aspect Ratio to 4:3
  • Change Sample Rate to 48000 hz
  • Change Audio Bitrate to 256
  • Select Advanced and change Deinterlace to YES
Settings for non-widescreen video. Change the settings and select OK
Settings for non-widescreen video. Change the settings and select OK

For widescreen videos:

  • Change Video Size to 1280×720* (It is not a good idea to increase video dimensions like this, but it seems to be the best way of getting Windows Movie Maker to interpret widescreen video from our cameras in the correct dimensions. During the export process, the dimensions will be decreased to 856 x 480)
  • Change FPS to 25
  • Change Aspect Ratio to 16:9
  • Change Sample Rate to 48000 hz
  • Change Audio Bitrate to 256
  • Select Advanced and change Deinterlace to YES

6.  After clicking OK on the output settings, the start conversion window will open. Click on the large Click to Start near the he top of the window.

Select Click to Start
Select Click to Start

7. The progress bar will show you when your files have been converted.

Finished
Finished!

 

One Last Step: Indexing

Oh, sorry. You are not quite finished yet. If you try to import these files into Windows Movie Maker, you will get an error message saying the files are not indexed. Therefore, let’s index the files. For this step, we will use the WNV indexer software.

1. Click on the icon to open it (you should have already moved this to your desktop)

Open WMV Indexer
Open WMV Indexer

2. The software looks like this when opened. Select Index A WMV File.

Select Index A WMV File
Select Index A WMV File

3. Choose a file and click Open.

Select a file and click Open
Select a file and click ‘Open’

 

4. After you select Open, the window will return to the original window. This means that your file has been indexed; there is no completion notification.

Now the files are ready to be imported
Now the files are ready to be imported

 

Return to the Video Projects Main Page

 

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