Windows Movie Maker Audio Codec

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I’ve this problem for some time now, when I try to copy an audio file into Window Movie Maker, this message comes up:

“The file cannot be imported because the codec required to play the file is not installed on your computer. If you have already tried to download and install the codec, close and restart Windows Movie Maker, and then try to import the file again."

Does anyone know what codec I need, and where I can download it? reply

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10-14-2008 01:49 PM
pnutcracker

Hi pnutcracker,

From your message it is not clear what codec it needs. Clearly it needs to some particular audio codec that you currently do not have on your pc.

Try opening the file with one of the media file inspection/info applications listed here on our tools page:
http://www.moviecodec.com/tools.html

For instance you might try:
AVIcodec

MovieCodec Codec Tool

(or one of the others)

These aps can tell you which audio codec or audio tag that you need:

Here you can download audio codecs

Match particular audio tags to audio codecs reply

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10-17-2008 02:36 AM
Bjarne
1,815 posts

hey when i try to add an audio file to windows movie maker an error shows up saying i cannot import the file as it says it is an unspecified error. it’s an pm3 file. is there anyone hu can help me with this? reply

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10-26-2008 04:05 AM
Daryl

I have the same problem. When ever I try to upload music onto Windows Movie Maker, a message comes up. It say, “File can not download because codec file can not be detected." It is really annoying me because I JUST figured out how to upload and I can’t! Can some one please help? reply

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11-14-2008 07:59 PM
Kitti

Here is exactly what it says,
“The file C:\Users\kaitlyn\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music\CASCADA\Everytime We Touch\03 Bad Boy.m4p cannot be imported because the codec required to play the file is not installed on your computer. If you have already tried to download and install the codec, close and restart Windows Movie Maker, and then try to import the file again." But I downloaded a codec, but it was a movie one! Gr! And I can’t seem to find an Audio one. And also I tried Bjarne’s links but all the words are to cunfusing for me. I have no clue what it means. I don’t even know what codec means! BTW, this is coming from a 12 year old. reply

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11-14-2008 08:02 PM
Kitti

It sounds like we all have the same problem. I’m running a laptop with Windows vista installed, and whenever I try to upload a certain song (downloaded from iTunes) I get the above error message. I’d like to know what a codec is, at least, and if possible get the specific codec required to upload the song to windows Movie maker. Thanks in advance!
-The Coughmeister reply

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12-30-2008 12:18 PM
The Coughmeister

The Coughmeister,

Did you work out which codec you needed. I think i am need the same one as you?

Please help. Very fustrated. reply

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02-11-2009 09:10 PM
help me please

me too! what gives? reply

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02-25-2009 05:58 PM
bertie

File m4a cannot be imported because the codec required to play the file is not installed on your computer. If you have already tried to download and install the codec, close and restart Windows Movie Maker, and then try to import the file again.
This is an Audio file that i canot copy to WMM, same problem, crazy stupid, it should not be this hard. reply

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03-01-2009 05:16 PM
Seawalker

have an avi video tryin to play in both windows media and zune players no audio ... so in finding a codec which one do i use ?? where do i get it ?? reply

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03-28-2009 03:45 PM
DC89

its becuze itunes run off of quicktime. quicktime and windows are diffent so they wont work.. now with the music i no if you but them in a file then transfer them from the file to windows movie maker it might work. but i download all my music so it might be diffent but u can try.. sad thing is it dont work for vids i need the codec for videos so i can make my vid help plz.. reply

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05-09-2009 02:09 AM
bmxjosh25

when ever i try to put music in my vides it restarts my movie maker why dsoe it do that? reply

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05-14-2009 08:57 PM
help me please please

when ever i try to put music in my vides it restarts my movie maker why does it do that? reply

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05-14-2009 09:01 PM
help me please please

I am having the same problem, but it is a .mpg file.

I have no idea what codec I need. reply

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08-04-2009 05:26 PM
Mental Funhouse

WHY DOES NO ONE KNOW WHAT TO DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! reply

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08-17-2009 05:11 PM
desperate

Guys! Look..go to google and search up whatever codec you need, codec allows you to play music and vids. Im having a problem with music but no vids. I am currently fixing my problem, instead of complaining DO something about it! reply

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11-03-2009 11:33 PM
Thinking Problems

im having the same problem. the thing is, when you say google the kind you need, i dont KNOW what kind i need. reply

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12-21-2009 10:38 AM
same problem

You guys try to convert it using the avs adio converter....
It works for me how about you? reply

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12-21-2009 03:21 PM
WOW......

hey guys!

i had the same problem trying to import and audio file into movie maker. download 'switch sound file converter' from here

http://download.cnet.com/Switch-Sound-File-Converter/3000-2140_4-10327491.html

change the file format and it should work!

it did for me!! reply

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01-09-2010 08:39 AM
have no fear....

this is not my problem, but ive had a similar one. i add an audio file and its says, this file is valid or corrupted, but never used say that, so i dont think its to do with changing formats reply

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01-11-2010 06:46 PM
frankffff

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