How to UPLOAD a video/movie to Facebook from Windows Live Movie Maker 2011

imageThe latest version of Windows Live Movie Maker is a free offering from Microsoft to do some basic editing of video. The current/latest version of the application interface is simplified and Microsoft has done away with traditional video editing and gone with some a little 'dummy' proof.

Windows Live Movie Maker doesn't come with an official user manual; Microsoft expects their new application to be so simple it doesn't require documentation...

Thankfully, a kind soul created an user manual/guide for Windows Live Movie Maker 2011. It's in PDF form and it's 1.5mb; free to download.


This post is being generated based on the questions in the Windows Live Movie Maker support forum. There's only a few things you can do with Windows Live Movie Maker as it pertains to video editing… and I'm going to cover just one small piece.

How to upload a video/movie to Facebook

Windows Live Movie Maker is good video application as long as you have the proper codecs, and if you have that right and then want to share your videos on a service like Facebook, there are restrictions for uploading video…


Windows Live Movie Maker does offer the ability to upload video to Facebook, but it doesn't abide by the specifications or limits of Facebook. Most people don't know what that stuff means.

All they know is that the video will not upload to Facebook.

Well, one of the first things you can do is educate yor self to what Facebook is able to accept. I'm providing a link to those specifications…


But here's the highlights from the Facebook page:

What formats of video files can I upload?

Facebook supports almost all video file types. Here's the complete list:

  • 3g2 (Mobile Video)

  • 3gp (Mobile Video)

  • 3gpp (Mobile Video)

  • asf (Windows Media Video)

  • avi (AVI Video)

  • dat (MPEG Video)

  • divx (DIVX Video)

  • dv (DV Video)

  • f4v (Flash Video)

  • flv (Flash Video)

  • m2ts (M2TS Video)

  • m4v (MPEG-4 Video)

  • mkv (Matroska Format)

  • mod (MOD Video)

  • mov (QuickTime Movie)

  • mp4 (MPEG-4 Video)

  • mpe (MPEG Video)

  • mpeg (MPEG Video)

  • mpeg4 (MPEG-4 Video)

  • mpg (MPEG Video)

  • mts (AVCHD Video)

  • nsv (Nullsoft Video)

  • ogm (Ogg Media Format)

  • ogv (Ogg Video Format)

  • qt (QuickTime Movie)

  • tod (TOD Video)

  • ts (MPEG Transport Stream)

  • vob (DVD Video)

  • wmv (Windows Media Video)

The aspect ratio of the video has to be between 9x16 and 16x9, and the video cannot exceed the file size or length that the upload page suggests.


How can I optimize the quality of my videos?

Generally, the best format to upload is H.264 video with AAC audio in MOV or MP4 format. H.264 currently offers the best video compression available, and due to file size limitations, this format is the optimal choice for Facebook Video.

To avoid the rescaling of your video by Facebook's encoder, use a file with the larger edge of the video not exceeding 1280px. If your video is less than 1280px in size on the larger edge, try to keep your dimensions to multiples of 16px for best compression.
Keep the frame rate of your video at or below 30fps.

Use stereo audio with a sample rate of 44,100hz.


What's the Facebook limits?

When upload to Facebook manually, Facebook informs you of the upload limits.


1,024Mb is 1Gb of hard drive storage and not more than 20 minutes…
So, watch your video composition…

What does Windows Live Movie Maker Export to?

The Windows Live Movie Maker techs like to put forth that when an upload to Facebook fails that the user may be upload to Facebook with a format that's not supported. Why they'd let an user be allowed to do that when it's THEIR option to export to Facebook that's built-in. [sounds weird]

One of the things about Windows Live Movie Maker only exports to WMV… and Facebook says the best format to upload as is MOV and MP4 and Windows Live Movie Maker supports neither of those formats for export.


If Windows Live Movie Maker could natively export a MOV or MP4 file the files would not have to be converted on Facebook; enabling you to post immediately, but because the files are uploaded as WMV the files have to be converted; you could lose resolution when it's converted on Facebook.

Resolution wise, Windows Live Movie Maker exports the widest resolution Facebook can accept, so having Windows Live Movie Maker export formats that Facebook can't handle shouldn't be an issue. Everything that Windows Live Movie Maker exports Facebook should be able to accept; blaming the user for exporting video to a bad or unsupported format is [again] just wrong.

The other issue is the frame rate issue; I'm not able to FIND ANYTHING on how to adjust the frame rates in Windows Live Movie Maker.

If I was going to export to Facebook, I would choose the 640 x 360 resolution, but I'm sure others would argue that for some videos— and I understand.

Armed with this information, you should be able to upload your videos to Facebook…

If you're having issues trying to upload video to Facebook and YouTube…

In Windows Live Movie Maker, try exporting the video to WMV and then uploading the video [WMV] directly to Facebook/YouTube directly and see if the problem is Windows Live Movie Maker or if the problem is with the web service. This will help point out on which side the problem lies.

In Windows Live Movie Maker, MENU, SAVE MOVIE
Choose a standard format; you can use 'custom settings' if you need to. 


I hope this helps...

Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr. 

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