Avi Codecs for Windows Movie Maker

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12-07-2009 11:43 AM

thankkkks alot reply


12-13-2009 03:06 PM

HA reply


12-26-2009 08:59 AM

here is what you do for all the people having a problem with this as i had. go to TOOLS, then OPTIONS, then COMPATABILITY, and then RESTORE DEFAULTS. make sure ALL boxes are checked, even so like all mine were, i had to press RESTORE DEFAULTS, this will help. on movie maker 2.6 reply


01-10-2010 11:42 AM

Okay. so i was really confused about this and i had the same issue with the AVI. format videos not importing onto Movie Maker because i was missing a codec.
so i read these posts so i downloaded the gspot codec and put my file in. The program said that i already had the codec needed to play the video. So i went to the bottom where it says Proposed Codec Solutions and Tests and pressed number 1 then number 2. it then highlighted in red that i need ffdshow mpeg - 4 codec. Now my video can load onto Movie Maker but the clip has been divided into more clips and only the first 30 seconds has video! reply


01-15-2010 05:46 AM

dude thanx i waz at a total loss thank you so much reply


01-15-2010 11:36 AM

That worked you bongo playing SOB! remember to close wmm before trying to do the compatibility thing reply


01-16-2010 10:07 AM

Heee, i need some help.
When i go to tools > options > THERE IS NO ''COMPATABILITY''!.
Maybe my WMM is old?
how do i update it? reply


01-21-2010 02:44 PM

Bongos, Thanks so much, your suggestions worked like a dream! reply


01-30-2010 03:12 AM

thank u ..thank u so much..i finally did it...i m so amazed reply


01-31-2010 11:21 PM

boring.... reply


02-01-2010 06:34 PM

Thx Bongos you are the man m8 :) reply


02-01-2010 09:10 PM
Solomon g

Solution to the “no boxes to check” problem under 64 bit Vista:

If you are having the problem of AVIs importing into WMM with sound only and no video, and have tried the instructions here only to find no boxes to check under the compatibility tab, here is a potential solution, if you are running Vista 64-bit.

After installing the K-Lite full codec pack ALSO install the K-Lite 64 bit codec pack, found here:


After install, go back to WMM and the compatibility tab will show a whole host of codecs to choose from. Good luck. reply


02-09-2010 06:40 AM

Thanks Bongos. Was going nuts with win movie maker trying to import avi. Your tip worked. reply


02-10-2010 05:18 PM

Bongos, Thanks a million! I was trying to import an avi file into Windows Movie Maker (WMM), and it kept saying I didn’t have the codec. Which is weird, since WMM must have the codec built in, bcos that’s what it likes to edit...So I checked under compatibility, and sure enough, one audio box was *not* checked. I checked it, and now I can import the avi files. No downloading free codecs that might have viruses in them, or paying for a codec that really *is* in my computer already!

UR my hero today!

Bongos wrote:
fiuuuu!! what a day!

After doing what I wrote in my last reply, I then opened Windows Movie Maker clicked on TOOLS > OPTIONS>COMPATIBILITY> CHECK ALL BOXES INCLUDING FDDSHOW VIDEO DECODER.

Now both my Windows media player & movie maker work. Now more “adquiring codecs” warnings :-)

Hope I helped,




02-12-2010 04:50 PM

I just tried all of those options and I still cannot import video and word files! I was able to import everything until a couple days ago. Now it says that I needed to download codec. Please help!! reply


02-24-2010 02:02 PM

I tried so many ways that you gived but it still didn’t world
Oh help me, please :((

I downloaded k-lite codec but it didn’t work
I went to tool>option> ...etc... and did what you told but it still didn’t work.

My MMK make avi files become audio files, and I just can do nothing :(( reply


02-26-2010 10:46 PM

Fed Up.. I’m having the same problem as you... and no one has answered on here so have you found the solution yet? reply


02-26-2010 10:55 PM

soloman g, you fixed the problem, thanks bro reply


03-09-2010 07:01 PM

i downloaded a video onto my computer, but when i try to inport it into windows movie maker, a dialogue box pops up saying '>file name< could not be imported. The required codec was not downloaded automatically because the Download codecs automatically check box is not selected in the Options dialog box.' when i went to the options, there was no 'dialog box'! can anyone help me? reply


03-09-2010 07:20 PM

Ry-Ry wrote:
I want to edit an avi. file on movie maker. I’ve used ImTOO DVD Ripper Platinum 5 to change a DVD into an avi. file, but this is what it tells me.

VIDEO_TS\Title_01_01.avi could not be imported. The required codec was not downloaded automatically because the Download codecs automatically check box is not selected in the Options dialog box.

What does this mean? And how do I solve this problem?

I have the same problem... If I find a solution I’ll let you know. But this problem is super weird. You’re the only other person I’ve found that has the same problem... reply


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