Monday, March 21, 2016

AVI & WMM: Import and Edit AVI files on Windows Movie Maker

Sometimes you will find it's a frustrating thing to import AVI to Windows Movie Maker for editing. Some AVI files only played with audio, and some AVI videos even can't be recognized by WMM.

when I import the file to Movie Maker, only the audio portion of the file comes through. In other words, when I put the imported file into the moviemaking timeline, I hear the clip but there is no picture. There are no error messages, that's just what happens.

Windows Movie Maker can import most file types, but not all file types will work when you try to use them to make a movie. Only a few limited formats are supported by Windows Movie Maker. 

Here we list the file formats are supported for importing into the Windows Movie Maker:

Video file types (format)

File name extensions

Windows Media Video (WMV) files


Windows Media files

.asf and .wm

AVCHD files

.m2ts, .mts, and .m2t

Apple QuickTime files

.mov and .qt

DV‑AVI files


Microsoft Recorded TV Show files

.dvr-ms and .wtv

MPEG‑4 movie files

.mp4, .mov,.m4v, .3gp, .3g2, and .k3g

MPEG‑2 movie files

.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, .mpv2, .mod, .vob, and .m2t

MPEG‑1 movie files


Motion JPEG files

.avi and .mov

Although AVI is on the list of Windows Movie Maker supported video files, from above supported video format table, it is obvious to notice that Windows Movie Maker deals with the a DV-AVI workflow. (DV-AVIs are AVI files that use the DV codec.) 

This means that DV-AVIs flow easily through it and place the least strain on Windows Movie Maker. Unfortunately, not all AVIs use the DV codec, just like you record gameplay with XVid Codec, and many (such as video from still cameras) can cause real problems for Windows Movie Maker.

If you get AVI files in other codec other than DV codec, it is sad to say that you are refused to import AVI to Windows Movie Maker for editing unless you convert AVI videos to Windows Movie Maker supported videos.

As to the AVI files which in codec other than DV codec, converting them to the .wmv format before importing into Movie Maker maybe the best idea. It will ensures a perfect importing, playing and editing workflow with Windows Movie Maker.

When you met "Windows Movie Maker Can't Import AVI" issues, you can solve that by choosing to convert AVI to WMV using Pavtube Video Converter (Best Video Converter Review). The program is very easy to use and has all the important features that you may need. It can help in customizing the videos through using the basic tools for editing available while its speeds are very high with no quality loss at all.

What's more, it can generates more optimal editing formats/codecs for you to use in different NLE apps, such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere ProPremeire Element, etc.

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Tips: The conversion speed is very fast because it supports batch conversion and NVIDIA CUDA & ATI Stream (AMD APP) acceleration technologies. It converts multiple video clips at the same time, moreover it can shut down computer after the process is complete, so run the app overnight and you could enjoy the created videos next morning when you are up.

If you are a Mac user, and in need of edit the AVI videos in Final Cut Pro 7 / X, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, etc. Please turn to Pavtube Video Converter for Mac

How to Convert AVI Files to WMV for Windows Movie Maker

Download and install Pavtube Video Converter on your PC (compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 2000). Run this program, you will find the interface is very brief, this program is very easy to use.

Step 1: Import AVI files.

Click the button “File” to add AVI files (or directly drag and drop your files) to the Converter.

Tip: If you want to merge AVI files before edit in Windows Movie Maker, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Select an output format for Windows Movie Maker.

Click “Format” bar to select suitable format for Windows Movie Maker. WMV is one of the proper formats for Windows Movie Maker.

Step 3: Tap the“Settings”icon to adjust audio and video parameters for Windows Movie Maker. 

Once you have chosen the output format, then click the "Settings" right beside "Format" to adjust the video and audio parameters.

Step 4: Tap the big Convert button on the main interface to start transcoding AVI to Windows Movie Maker.

The conversion should be quickly finished. Once the process is at 100%, you can have the converted file easily worked with Windows Movie Maker.

Related program

Pavtube HD Video Converter / Mac Version: It is designed for converting HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon), non-protected HD or movies, DVR files (*.tivo) to other file types for playback on popular media devices like Apple TV, PS3, Xobx, Xobx360, WD TV HD Player.

Pavtube Media Magician / Mac Version: A nice camcorder assistant manager, lossless camcorder video joiner, MTS/ M2TS/ MXF/ MOV/ MKV/ TiVo/ WMV/ AVI/ MPG converter and editor. Meamwhile it supported upload edited video to YouTube directly.

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