Windows Movie Maker: Cannot Import AVI Video File – Solved!

Unable to import AVI files to Windows Movie Maker or getting audio but no video when editing avi in WMM? Here you will find an easy way to fix the issues.

Windows Movie Maker supports AVI files, but sometimes you will encounter problems when using this file format in the application. When your Windows Movie Maker keeps on displaying error messages on the screen, you should not get too much worried in case. That is something normal and can be solved with the right codec. There are very many online sites from where you can download the AVI codec for Windows Movie Maker. With the best codec, Windows Movie Maker will not have any problems functioning as you may wish.

If your operating system has all the necessary codecs installed, but you still cannot open the AVI file in Windows Movie Maker or Windows Movie Maker play AVI with only the audio, try converting the AVI to another file format and then opening the clip in Movie Maker. The native file format for the Movie Maker application is WMV. You can convert the AVI videos to WMV for Windows Movie Maker using EaseFab Video Converter. 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.

Just download, install and launch this AVI to WMV Converter and then follow the tutorial to edit the AVI files in Windows Movie Maker smoothly.

Guide: Converting AVI to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Import AVI files to the program

Install EaseFab Video Converter if you haven’t got it yet on your Windows (Windows 8) PC. Launch it afterwards. The first step is to import your .avi video file into the video converter. You have two ways to do this: simply drag-and-drop your files or click the Add Video button to browse for your .avi files in your computer.

Step 2. Set WMV as the output format

Click “Profile” (located below where your files are displayed) and select the format you want from the drop-down list. Here you can choose “WMV” from “Common Video” category or Choose “WMV-HD” from “HD Video” as the output format.

Tips: The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the “Settings” button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

Step 3. Start converting AVI to Windows Movie Maker

You should be ready to start conversion at this point. Just click on the Convert button that can be found on the menu. Wait for a while and the video converter will do the trick. You will soon have your .avi video into a WMV format that’s recognizable and editable by Windows Movie Maker.

Step 4. Import AVI to Windows Movie Maker

Depending on your version of Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker, the buttons are slightly different:

Import AVI video to Windows Movie Maker: When the conversion complete, open Windows Movie Maker and click Import or Import Video on the left to import your video to the movie collection and drag and drop to the timeline for editing.

Import AVI video to Windows Live Movie Maker: Start Windows Live Movie Maker and go to Home tab in the ribbon menu and click Add video in the Add panel to locate the converted MP4 video.

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One Response to Windows Movie Maker: Cannot Import AVI Video File – Solved!

  1. Pingback: How to Solve MP4 and Windows Movie Maker Incompatible Issues | Media Compatibility Solutions

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