[Solved]Windows Movie Maker won’t handle H.264 MP4/MOV files

Problem loading H.264 (MP4/MOV) files into Windows Movie Maker for editing? Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Let’s find it out here.


Here is the thing: You want to upload an H.264 encoded MP4 or MOV files into Windows Movie Maker for editing. But you’ll be disappointed cause Windows Movie Maker won’t import the h.264 files. Windows Media Player 11 recognizes and plays the H.264 file just fine but WMM doesn’t. What’s the matter? In fact, this is a common problem encountered by many Windows Movie Maker users. Read on to find the reason and the way to fix the H.264 and Windows Movie Maker incompatible issues.

Usually we can access lots of H.264 videos from GoPro H.264(.mp4), Canon EOS H.264(.mov), Nikon DSLR H.264(.mov), YouTube .mp4 or some other source, these H.264 videos always can’t be supported by Windows Movie Maker. One option is to install the H.264 codec, problems may be resolved. Another workaround is to convert H.264 files to Windows Movie Maker friendly format like WMV.

Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What you 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.

How to Convert H.264 to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Add H.264 files to the program

With the H.264 to Sony Movie Studio converter, you can directly drag and drop the H.264 files to the converter, or click “Add Video” button to locate the H.264 files you want to load.


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. You can also click Output Folder to choose a folder to save the converted media files.


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. Start the H.264 to Windows Movie Maker conversion

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

Step 4: Import H.264 to Windows Movie Maker

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

Import H.264 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 H.264 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.


Read More:
Tips for Editing H.264 Footage in Final Cut Pro
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