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1.Re: anyone knows how to change the language on the windows movie maker?
Posted by timwerx on 3/18/2006 7:01:31 AM
As far as I've been able to find, there are many language packs available to change MM on English XP to another language, but not vice versa. l have been wanting to do this ever since SP2 came out (convert MM on Japanese XP to English), but no luck yet.

This is surely something I'm looking out for, and one I hope they'll do.
2.Re: anyone knows how to change the language on the windows movie maker?
Posted by timwerx on 7/15/2006 7:47:06 PM
I've mentioned this to Microsoft three times, and hope they will (someday) realize that there are oddballs like us who might want English software on non-English OSes.

For PC-based video, I just use the Japanese Movie Maker. For DVD, I use (English) Ulead Video Studio and DVD Movie Factory. They work fine for me with excellent, predictable results. Video Studio also supports and creates WMV, but with less control over output options than MM.

Best wishes from ...
3.Re: Playing an animated .gif in movie maker
Posted by timwerx on 4/2/2005 8:59:25 PM
Get a utility that will convert animated GIFs to AVI, then you can import and work with it easily.
4.Re: Rotate frames within Moviemaker?
Posted by timwerx on 4/25/2005 7:33:59 AM
If you peek at Movie Maker's Video Effects you will find "Rotate 90 Degrees," as well as rotation effects for 180 and 270 degrees. After capturing, cut these "rotated" segments, add the relevant rotation effect, and your problem should (I said "should") be solved. Hope that works for you. Give it a try.

For DVD you will need DVD authoring software. MM doesn't do DVD.

Good luck.
5.Where is the Bottleneck?
Posted by timwerx on 12/8/2004 8:56:49 PM
I'm helping a certain relative who wants to do video on his budget PC. It has 256 RAM and 1.2 Ghz, so (I thought) it would suffice. After convincing him that he needed a firewire port he installed a card with 3 connectors. He also got an external drive for big video projects. We have found that only one port can be used at a time. He can capture bad video through his USB 1 port to his external drive using firewire, or he can capture via firewire to his internal drive -- he cannot do both ...
6.Re: Can't import DVD-RW files
Posted by timwerx on 4/25/2005 5:31:47 AM
I use to use Vobrator, but don't know if it's still available. It's been a long time since I've done that. A "VOB to AVI" search on the 'net will show you what's available.
7.Re: Can't import DVD-RW files
Posted by timwerx on 4/9/2005 4:17:47 AM
DVD files (VOB & etc.) are made for burning to a disc and not importing. However, tools like DVD Shrink (freeware) will let you "look" at the contents of your DVD files and copy them to your hard drive. However, you will still need other tools to convert them into something manageable for editing.
8.Re: Keep Movie Maker Separate & ....
Posted by timwerx on 4/27/2005 12:00:34 AM
Good question.... but the answer is that they probably want people to buy Media Center PCs.
9.Keep Movie Maker Separate & ....
Posted by timwerx on 9/25/2004 11:16:50 AM
I'd like Microsoft to view Movie Maker as a more serious tool.

I'd like to see MM and any of its future updates kept totally separate from other updates, security packs, and etc. when installing.

I'd like MM (and ALL MS software) to be installable in ANY language irrelevant of the OS language. The user should be able to choose ANY available language of a component, including English on a foreign-language OS, without grief, hassle, or hunting all through the ...
10.Re: Sound
Posted by timwerx on 7/29/2006 3:01:59 AM
How are the video and audio going in? By what connections? They should not be separate going in unless they're connected to an internal capture card. If not, and for the best results, the separate audio/video cables should go to a digital converter or capture card, then from there into your PC via firewire.

By the way, DVD will require software other than Movie Maker for the final file conversions, any menu creation, and burning the final disc.

Good luck.
11.Re: Sound
Posted by timwerx on 8/15/2006 2:42:17 AM
Your red/white/yellow "RCA plug" cable goes from your VCR to your digital converter, like this one:

Then you go from the converter into your PC using firewire. It's that easy. Movie Maker will recognize the converter as a digital video device.

If the above converter is too expensive, you can get video capture cards that will also work, like Hauppage, etc.

The above is how I ...
12.Re: Sound
Posted by timwerx on 8/17/2006 8:24:06 AM
I have heard of this same issue from several different people. My own way is to run the VCR to a digital converter (video and stereo audio), then from there into the PC via firewire. The converter is a bit expensive, but the video handling and quality are great. If you're going to do lots of importing from the VCR, I strongly recommend it.

There are surely other ways, but it's the best way I know.
13.Re: saving project to dvd?
Posted by timwerx on 1/20/2009 6:40:47 AM
No, you still can't do that directly, but what you can do (and with your MM 1.0 as well) is save your finished movie in a high-quality format, then use DVD authoring software (and drive) to create the disc. DVD Flick is not fancy, but it is nice freeware which is easy to use.

I would advise experimenting with the above before upgrading MM.

Good luck.
14.Re: Having Trouble
Posted by timwerx on 1/3/2009 8:14:30 AM
When you save, choose the DV-AVI option. This creates big files, however (around 200MB for every minute of video), so make sure you save it to a drive with enough space.
15.Re: How do I turn preview off while capturing video from my camcorder?
Posted by timwerx on 1/5/2009 5:11:33 AM
Take a look at this page. It's the 6th image down...........
16.Re: How do I turn preview off while capturing video from my camcorder?
Posted by timwerx on 1/7/2009 5:57:13 AM
I don't have access to WMM 6.0, and confess that it may be different. I can only hope that someone with your version will reply. You might try scouring the 'net for relevant screenshots.
17.Re: How do I turn preview off while capturing video from my camcorder?
Posted by timwerx on 12/31/2008 8:53:54 AM
First, you need to choose the capture video option from the list of tasks. A wizard will open up and give you options along the way. You will see the option for using the preview window in there.

Now, I am just guessing, but if you have Vista w/ Home Premium you should have plenty of resources to run the preview window and will gain nothing by turning it off. I use an older laptop with only 1 GHz/512 MB and it drives the preview window just fine.

Anyway, ...
18.Re: Which DVD burning software?
Posted by timwerx on 12/30/2008 5:44:18 AM
I've had good success with DVD Flick, which is free and relatively easy to use.

Good luck.
19.Re: Watching movie on televisions
Posted by timwerx on 1/3/2009 8:23:45 AM
I have been using DVD Flick a lot over the holidays. It's open-source freeware and works very well for me. If you install it and have a DVD writer and blank discs, you'll be able to easily make nice DVDs that will play in a standard DVD player.

Good luck.
20.Thank You
Posted by timwerx on 1/4/2009 4:14:54 AM
Thank you for your compliment.
21.Re: My WMM suddenly got "older." (?)
Posted by timwerx on 12/30/2008 4:51:42 AM
You may want to just re-install it. You can get it here:

22.Re: Capturing VHS to Digital w/ Vista
Posted by timwerx on 12/30/2008 6:10:49 AM
You need a video capture card or analog/digital converter to get the analog video (from VHS) into your computer. Then, after editing and creating the final movie file, you'll need DVD creation software and the right kind of drive to write the disc. Take a look at this page:

23.Video Capture No Longer Works
Posted by timwerx on 12/15/2008 7:47:54 AM
After several years and many, many sessions of successful video capture, it no longer works. Not only is Movie Maker's capture preview black, XP's native video capture/import no longer works. (It has been 8 or 9 months since my last capture session.)

The "AVC Compliant DV Tape Recorder/Player" icon is in the My Computer folder, but when opened, shows a blank gray rectangle where video should be seen. All hardware is the same. (I have an analog/digital converter going ...
24.Re: Video Capture No Longer Works
Posted by timwerx on 12/27/2008 3:39:27 AM
I don't know what to think about this. I did some more experimenting today. My camcorder works (getting video in) only if I use the S-Video connection. The older "RCA" yellow cable connection does not work. Then, from the TV output ("RCA" type), it works for a few seconds only -- it starts fine (how it always used to), but then the image stops and ends as diagonal stripes after 5 to 10 seconds. I'm starting to suspect the digital converter's RCA-in jack, but I'm still not ...
25.Why Beans?
Posted by timwerx on 2/3/2005 12:22:33 AM
I could go 3 months without touching a bean, and still ruin a perfectly good space suit.
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