Avi Codecs for Windows Movie Maker

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I’m new to making videos, I’m trying to make one, but Windows Movie Maker won’t let me import a video!

This is exactly what it says:

“blahblahblah.avi 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." reply


Please, I’d really appreciate help on this! reply

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What container is the file in, and what codecs does the file use? Use gspot (http://www.headbands.com/gspot) or avicodec (http://avicodec.duby.info) to find out. Can the file play? What do you use to play the file? reply

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Wowowow, lol

I use Windows Media Player to play the file, yes it plays, idk what a codec is, so I can’t really tell u alot! lol

Sorry...I’m so new to this! reply



DajeRoma wrote:
idk what a codec is, so I can’t really tell u alot! lol

Sorry...I’m so new to this!

That’s why I said use gspot (http://www.headbands.com/gspot) or avicodec (http://avicodec.duby.info) to find out. Download one or both, feed your file into one or both, and paste to us what it says. reply


Im having the same problem this is what it says ( is not a supported file type, and it cannot be imported into Windows Movie Maker.) reply


i cant import avi files in movie maker what codecs should i use reply



omg yea
me too!!!!
i need HELP!!!!!
where do i download a codec!?!? and which ones!? reply


Is an mkv file a natively known file for avicodec?

btw, I’m having the same problems too! And i converted my video from an mkv to an avi. reply


millions of blank spaces like Path, Size, etc. Go to the top and click file, then select the files you ripped off a CD. It should plug in the numbers for you. Then press Render. It may say Rendering Failed. THAT IS OKAY. Look at the top right of the box. It should say Codec, then underneath 4CC. The number beside it identifies the codec you need. Type in Codec ____ (the number) into google, and download the codec. Then it should work on windows movie maker. I know it seems complicated, but it’s actually quite easy. I looked for days before I found this method, but it works. For some reason though after I load the video on movie maker, for previewing it plays the clips upside down. But when you drag the clips onto the track it works fine lol. I hope this helps:D Good Luck!!! reply


LOL I don’t know why but the top of my quote didn’t post, so I’m posting it here lol. The first Quote continues this.

Download a program called : Gspot. This is a program that will identify the codec you need. Once its downloaded open the file. It will come up with a box with millions of blank spaces saying : Path, size, etc. Go to the top and click file, open the file that you ripped from the CD. Then go to the bottom and press render. reply


Some codecs don’t work in both Windows Media Player and movie maker - you can just re-encode the video...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308464 reply

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Um, I’m having the same problem. Are these codec packs dangerous? Because I had a virus problem before and it kind of killed my computer, so I don’t want to kill it again. I just wat to make my movie! Because I took it with a digital camera, the format is mov. I got a free converter and I converted the footage, but it isn’t working! Plxxx help me! :'( reply


BTW, I converted to avi format. reply


I am having the same issue. I had .mov files and I converted them to .avi and the will now play in my wmp but I get the error that I need codecs like stated above when I try to make movies in wmm. PLEASE HELP! I tried everything above and in other forums...I have downloaded codec packs and still nothing. I checked the box in win movie maker under options to try and let it download the codecs automatically or whatever and it still won’t work...I am at a loss. reply


I have Vista, and I edited an AVI video using WMM, when I published it, the video is black, instead of the video...any help?? reply


Do I need a specific codec for my AVI video, which is encoded by DivX? reply

Non of my movie maker and windows media player work. I hear sound but no image; can not import .avi into movie maker.
Downloaded the codec pac from microsoft still same problem.

Found this website: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/XP_Codec_Pack.htm
Now I can see images and sound in Win Media player but still can’t import .avi into movmaker.

Hope I helped- will come back when I fix my movmaker. reply


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,

www.bongosmania.com reply

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**sorry...i ment to say

NO more “adquiring codecs” warnings :-) reply


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