Windows Live Movie Maker: How to export to MP4?

zycim1kkThis is another question that keeps coming up in the support fourm… How do you export videos from Windows Live Movie Maker to MP4?

This actually goes for other formats as well, because the straightest answer is you can't.

Windows Live Movie Maker only exports to WMV; there are no other options. You can change the resolution and the dimensions of the movies you export, but all the videos you export will be to WMV. Even when the file is written to a DVD; it's exported to WMV and then Windows DVD Maker converts that to VOB [for DVD].

Here's some more resources…

Take for an example, in an effort to clarify the process of how a DVD is created from Windows Live Movie Maker; I offer this…

1. Windows Live Movie Maker is a video editing software package, it takes in the video clips and audio, and allows you to compose them in a specific way [as a project].
2. Windows Live Movie Maker only exports video as WMV; not directly to DVD format [VOB].
3. Once the video is exported to WMV, in a temp location, the WMV is converted again, to VOB format by Windows DVD Maker.
4. Windows DVD Maker controls the chapters, looping, authoring and BURNING of the DVD.

Everything goes to WMV first…

Exporting to WMV from Windows Live Movie Maker; Windows Live Movie Maker only exports to a singular format; a WMV file. So, exporting to WMV from Windows Live Movie Maker is simple; because it ONLY supports exporting to WMV... And there are some adjustments for exporting to WMV as well, for size and resolution.

To adjust the output of the WMV file of Windows Live Movie Maker, do this...
In Windows Live Movie Maker, MENU, SAVE MOVIE

The eMail option is typically going to give you the best ratio option for size and resolution.

 

On to MP4 or whatever…

If nothing like that works for you, you can convert the WMV…

I have some suggestions for video conversion. I have used all three of these video converters and think are are very good; and easy to use. They all have the video conversion options you'd be searching for and handle plenty of formats— and they're all free. A video converter is great if you can't find the right codec, and need to get moving on your project.

Link:
     http://www.videoconverterfactory.com/free-video-converter/
     http://videoconverter.hamstersoft.com/
     http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/
 

So, there you have it…

 

Windows Live Movie Maker support forum:

http://www.windowslivehelp.com/forums.aspx?productid=5

If you'd like, you can leave feedback for the Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 team for suggestions/improvements:

Link:
https://feedback.live.com/default.aspx?productkey=moviemaker

I hope this helps...

 

Thank you,
Larry Henry Jr.
LEHSYS.com 

3 comments:

  1. Larry, PLEASE HELP ME
    I do not understand what is wrong. I am trying to make a little video for an onlinbe class, and WIndows Live Movie Maker will not let me save my file as anything but a .wlmp, which nothing opens. there is not an export option, and I can't even same it as a .wmv. I keep being told to export it or save it as something different but the program isn;t offering any other options. I tried calling Microsoft but they won't answer questions about movie maker. I jsut want to talk to an actual human, please help me!

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    1. Windows Live Movie Maker - export formats…
      Windows Live Movie Maker only exports to WMV; there are no other options. You can change the resolution and the dimensions of the movies you export, but all the videos you export will be to WMV.

      The latest version of Windows Movie Maker has the option to export to MP4 natively; which is great.

      Later,
      Larry

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  2. Windows Live Movie Maker has the ability to save the current project [as WLMP] in a project file and/or export to a WMV file…

    If you saved the project to a location on your hard drive with a WLMP extension; it's a textual file
    that points to all the references of media and effects that are used in the project— there's no
    actual media in the file, and the file size is typically very small. If you have this file, just load that
    it. From that point, you can continue editing the project just as you did before with all the
    robust features/options.

    If you saved the project as a WMV file; that's a final [export] production version… you can
    load it, but you can't edit it like before with robust options. At that point, you are simply
    loading a video clip.

    E-mail me or IM if you are still having issues.
    napoleonag.tss@gmail.com

    I hope this helps...

    Later,
    Larry

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