How to Solve MP4 and Windows Movie Maker Incompatible Issues

Trouble importing MP4 files to Windows Movie Maker or Windows Movie Maker even can’t recognize your MP4 videos? Luckily, there is a quick fix for this. Let’s find it out here.


We usually see many Windows Movie Maker users encounter problems when when attempting to import and edit an MP4 video in Windows Movie Maker. Before this topic, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions:

Q1: Windows Movie Maker 2.6 Not Accepting MP4 Format Videos
Trying to edit some videos made on my camera which are mp4 but Windows Movie Maker 2.6 says it doesn’t support this format – help please

Q2: movie maker 2012 will not play mp4 video
I’m running Windows 7 64-bit and have downloaded the new 2012 Essentials. I just rebuilt this system from scratch and so I needed to install the Essentials applications. I can not play MP4 videos with Movie Maker. I’ve downloaded many codec programs to try and fix this but none of them are working. I can play MP4’s without a problem in Media Player.

Actually, these are the common problems encountered by many Windows Movie Maker users. Windows Movie Maker supports MP4 files, but there are several considerations when using this file format in the application. For example, the ability to open MP4 files in Movie Maker is partially dependent on the operating system your computer is running. Another consideration if you have difficulty opening this file format is DRM protection. Finally, you may have difficulty getting the MP4 file to play if the file contains AAC audio.

If you’re certain that there is no DRM protection on the MP4 file and that your operating system has all the necessary codecs installed, but you still cannot open the MP4 file in Windows MOvie Maker, the easy workaround is to convert the MP4 video to Windows Movie Maker editing-friendly formats (WMV is highly recommended).

Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What’s need is a just a common video converter like EaseFab Video Converter. It supports creating high quality WMV video for your Windows Movie Maker, no matter what’s the format of your source video files. It can convert almost any video to WMV so you can import your video to Windows Movie Maker for editing. Plus, it comes with all regular video editing tools like Trim, Crop, Effect, Subtitle, Watermark. For basic video editing tasks, you can even replace your Windows Movie Maker with it.

Converting MP4 files for Editing in Windows Movie Maker Smoothly

Step 1: Load MP4 files to the program

After installing the video converter, launch it and click Add Video button to import the MP4 files you want to edit in Windows Movie Maker. You can lso directly drag the video files into program.


Tips: To combine all MP4 files, simply click the “Edit” menu to choose the “Merge Into One File” to combine all the added video files into one.

Step 2. Choose output format

Hit the “Profile” box and select “HD Video” > “WMV HD” on the dropdown menu as output format. You can also adjust the output resolution by clicking the Settings button. As you see, this program can also convert VOB to other formats, programs and devices, like VOB to MP4, VOB to AVI, VOB to MOV, VOB to MP3, VOB to iPad, etc. You can also click Output Folder to choose a folder to save the converted media files.


Step 3. Start converting MP4 files to Windows Movie Maker

When all is OK, just click the Convert button to start converting your MP4 videos to Windows Movie Maker compatible files. After the conversion, find your converted video clips in the destination folder and add them to Windows Movie Maker for home movie making.

Read More:
How to solve AVI and Windows Movie Maker incompatible issues
How to put an iPhone video to Windows Movie Maker
How to import a .vob file into Windows Movie Maker for editing

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