Posted by George Shelley - Sep 06, 2021 | Contact Author
Windows Movie Maker Doesn't Recognize MP4 Files? Solved
"I use movie maker to put all the little videos I take on my phone together into a movie. This has always been very easy but now I have a new phone HCT one. The phone records MP4 files and movie maker will not recognise them. I am not sure what to do!! Any help would be great!!"
Windows Movie Maker, as a powerful video editor is widely used among Windows users. Due to its popularity and simple operation, it is favored by more and more people. It is no exaggeration to say that MP4 is the most widely used video format accepted by 99% of video hosting sites, media players, and electronic devices. But the weird thing is that Windows Movie Maker will reject to import some MP4 files created by Phone, tablet, GoPro, DJI Drone, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, and more. Have you experienced importing MP4 files to your Windows Movie Maker but then suddenly it stops working or your file can't just simply be recognized by the Windows Movie Maker? Actually, a lot of people who use Windows Movie Maker are facing similar problems.
Why Windows Movie Maker Doesn't Recognize MP4 Files?
There are two possible reasons that may cause file import error: your MP4 video file got problem or your Windows Movie Maker software got problem. To pin down what exactly goes wrong, you need to do the troubleshooting one by one.
Possible Reason 1. Make sure you are not importing a corrupted MP4 file to Windows Movie Maker.
Can any other video player play your MP4 file? If it could, then your file is not broke. If your MP4 file is not corrupt and the Windows Movie Maker can import any other MP4 files except for the very one, your MP4 file codec may not compatible with Windows Movie Maker. In this case, you can try running the Microsoft the Microsoft FixIt tool for codecs.
Possible Reason 2. Make sure you're using the latest version of Windows Movie Maker.
Your Windows Movie Maker version is tool old to support the MP4 files. In this case, you're recommended to upgrade your Windows Movie Maker to the newest version to have a try. The latest version is Movie Maker 10 (requires Windows 10 version 16299.0 or higher ) and you can find it here.
But broadly speaking, the major cause is that some required codec is missing so that the file format is not supported. To make MP4 compatible with Windows Movie Maker, you need to ensure that you the proper codecs to play your videos and audio files since audio and video require codecs to play the file and it's important to have the right codecs installed or updated in your PC.
100% Working Solution to Fix Windows Movie Maker Won't Import MP4
- Transcode Unrecognized MP4 File to WMV for Windows Movie Maker
MP4 is a multimedia container format which contains various types of data encoded using one of several different codecs. A MOV file can use MPEG-4, MJPEG, H.264, HEVC, GoPro CineForm, or other video codec for compression. To import MP4 files successfully, Windos Movie Maker needs to be compatible with the specific codecs used in the MP4 files. If you are still unable to import MP4 files into Windows Movie Maker after upgrading or installing codecs, then you may have to convert the unrecognized MP4 to a fully Windows Movie Maker compatible format.
Transcoding should be a very helpful and the most recommended method by us. To get job done, you can adopt EaseFab Video Converter, an easier-to-use yet powerful video converter and decoder for help. It is able to work with various MP4 files taken with GoPro, DJI or iPhone, etc., no matter what codecs are wrapped in and no matter what devices record. With it, you can easily convert any video including MP4 to Windows Movie Maker highly compatible WMV files with fast encoding speed and zero quality loss. To solve the MP4 or other incompatible issues, you're suggested to download and install the program on your Windows or Mac first.
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How to convert MP4 to WMV for Windows Movie Maker
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, move mouse cursor to Common Video category and select WMV as the output format. You can also adjust the output resolution by clicking the Settings button.
Step 3. Start conversion
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.
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