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1.Re: Timeline won't play
Posted by retexan599 on 4/4/2008 8:43:34 PM
Only posting to note that I am running Vista Home Premium (not yet with SP1) and WMM 6.0 is working very well for me. After a learning period with non-compatible source file types, I am careful to convert my source files to compatible file types/codecs. In my case, I am now using VirtualDub to convert my files to an .avi with the WMV 9 Codec. I did have one problem with the Panasonic DV-AVI codec in VirtualDub, in that the WMM project did not handle transitions properly, although others seem ...
2.Re: Timeline won't play
Posted by retexan599 on 1/31/2009 1:11:03 PM
Check out this post in this forum about mp3 files: http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=163899

Also, mpg will not in general work in WMM because it is a type of mpeg and needs to be converted to a compatible file type. Lots of posts around the forum on this subject, search for mpg or mpeg.
3.Re: Preview problem after adding transition
Posted by retexan599 on 2/14/2010 1:12:05 PM
sjrb -- This is a repeat of an earlier post I made on this subject...sorry to be a broken record: when I have had problems with transitions, it has always and only been when I was using DV-AVI material in Vista. So, I stay away from DV-AVI either as source files, or in Publishing. PapaJohn has reported that he does not see this problem with DV-AVI and Vista, so it may be something peculiar about my machine. There are some other posts in the forum about DV-AVI & transition issues in Vista. I ...
4.Re: Preview problem after adding transition
Posted by retexan599 on 11/12/2007 10:55:32 PM
Probably of no help to anyone with this problem -- but I am using WMM 6.0 and Vista and have no problems of this type at all. Preview works fine with either Storyboard or Timeline and when adding transitions; Saving works fine, Publishing works fine. I should note that I am very careful with the file type that I import into WMM -- I bring only .wmv video, .wma audio, and .jpg photos. Just wanted to record that WMM 6.0 in Vista does work, at least in my case.
5.Re: Preview problem after adding transition
Posted by retexan599 on 1/4/2008 8:34:38 PM
Perhaps an interesting footnote to this thread: I recently experimented with importing a DV-AVI source file created from VirtualDub MPEG using the Panasonic DV codec which had been reported elsewhere as successful. My intent was to get better quality in the finished product. However, I experienced the same kind of problems that others in this thread have reported: viz, unstable transitions. In addition, Publishing a file from that source and importing that DV-AVI into Windows DVD Maker ...
6.Re: Preview problem after adding transition
Posted by retexan599 on 1/6/2008 7:00:28 PM
For me, the unstable transition issue occurred when I tried to use a DV-AVI .avi file as my source material. The problem does not occur when I use a .wmv file as my source. So, I convert my sources to .wmv using Windows Media Encoder before importing them to Movie Maker. Maybe that will help someone.
7.Re: Preview problem after adding transition
Posted by retexan599 on 5/10/2008 9:30:09 PM
Sorry to be a broken record: when I have had problems with transitions, it has always and only been when I was using DV-AVI material in Vista. So, I stay away from DV-AVI either as source files, or in Publishing. PapaJohn has reported that he does not see this problem with DV-AVI and Vista, so it may be something peculiar about my machine. There are some other posts in the forum about DV-AVI & transition issues in Vista. Just my 2 cents on this again....
8.Re: REQUEST: Contrast up/down
Posted by retexan599 on 8/31/2007 9:13:15 PM
Thanks very much for adding the contast effect to your web site; I just now downloaded it and it is very helpful for some 23 year old VHS video shot in a room with a bright lamp which caused the camera to darken the rest of the room. Your effect helps a lot. I had looked at using VirtualDub for this (based on other posts on lightening dark video) but your effect does a very nice job right in WMM!
9.Re: Windows Movie Maker Vista "Cannot complete Publish Movie"
Posted by retexan599 on 3/18/2008 11:25:37 PM
Most likely your problem is that mp3 file which WMM does not like. See this post for help:

http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=163899
10.Re: Cannot raise volume level in Vista MM
Posted by retexan599 on 6/12/2011 3:37:39 PM
The work-around that I used is in a post from me above, for 6/25/2008. It involves using a program called Audacity to pre-amplify the audio. The procedure is clumsy but did work after some fiddling.
retexan599
11.Re: Cannot raise volume level in Vista MM
Posted by retexan599 on 6/25/2008 10:42:26 PM
Another work-around is to pre-amplify your audio. I have had to do this on a couple of occasions. In one case I used a program called Audacity to amplify a clip for the Audio/Music track. Audacity requires that your audio be in the .wav format, and that may require a conversion; in a situation where I had a .wma file, I first converted it to .wav using a program called Super, then input that to Audacity, then imported the resulting (amplified) .wav to WMM -- quite cumbesome, but it did work. ...
12.Re: WMM won't import WMV file
Posted by retexan599 on 1/10/2008 7:19:21 PM
I just learned about a useful tool called Sherlock which finds the codecs installed on one's computer. Perhaps it would help.

http://www.updatexp.com/sherlock
(Or Try: www.1updatexp.com/sherlock.exe )
13.Re: Losing data in VOB Files? Please help.
Posted by retexan599 on 12/27/2009 11:21:23 AM
My experience with VOB files is that WMM will not handle them reliably. I always convert my .vob files to .wmv or .avi first. Usually I do the conversion with VirtualDub for MPEG2/WMV 9 Codec.
14.Re: Pulling hair out with encoding hang-ups
Posted by retexan599 on 3/26/2008 8:23:02 PM
It is likely that there is a problem with your source files. Check out this URL:

http://www.myvideoproblems.com/Tutorials/MovieMaker/File_type_compatibility.htm

15.Re: DEP moviemaker shutdown solution
Posted by retexan599 on 4/19/2008 9:39:00 PM
I had a problem with DEP and Windows DVD Maker (which behaves a lot like Movie Maker). My solution was to uncheck all of the compatibility filters in Movie Maker. Certain filters can trigger DEP to shutdown the program(s). Give that a try and you may not have to use the rather drastic step of shutting DEP; personally I like the protections that DEP affords, but as they say, YMMV....
16.Re: importing video from dvd
Posted by retexan599 on 2/16/2009 6:15:55 PM
I convert my .vob files to an .avi type compatible for Movie Maker with VirtualDub for MPEG2. It can be found at:

http://fcchandler.home.comcast.net/~fcchandler/stable/index.html

You should use it with a compression scheme; I use Windows Media Video 9, which can be found at:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/AllDownloads.aspx?displang=en&qstechnology=

Another converter that will work is called ‘Super’. ...
17.Re: Transitions flicker in the preview
Posted by retexan599 on 1/31/2008 12:18:22 AM
This may not be of help to you, but there was a similar discussion at this thread:

http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=101504

In my case, this was my situation [not with .wmv files though]:

"Perhaps an interesting footnote to this thread: I recently experimented with importing a DV-AVI source file created from VirtualDub MPEG using the Panasonic DV codec which had been reported elsewhere as successful. My intent ...
18.Re: split clip losing video
Posted by retexan599 on 6/3/2008 8:41:29 PM
A first place to start is to see if you have incompatible source (video and/or audio) files. Try this URL:

http://www.myvideoproblems.com/Tutorials/MovieMaker/File_type_compatibility.htm

Another trick that sometimes works is to uncheck the boxes in Tools| Options| Compatibility.
19.Re: How can I lighten a windows movie
Posted by retexan599 on 6/22/2008 7:32:53 PM
In Movie Maker you can apply the Effect called Brightness, Increase to the clip(s) on either your Storyboard or Timeline. You can apply it multiple times to your clip(s) to get increasing levels of brightness.
20.Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted by retexan599 on 6/22/2008 11:40:50 AM
One experiment that sometimes sheds light is to import one of the Sample Videos that come with Vista. On my machine they are in Users| Public| Public Videos. See how one of those works for you. If they work, then there is something flaky about your source files.

21.Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted by retexan599 on 6/21/2008 10:36:39 PM
A first place to start is to see if you have incompatible source (video and/or audio) files. Try this URL:

http://www.myvideoproblems.com/Tutorials/MovieMaker/File_type_compatibility.htm

Another trick that sometimes works is to uncheck the boxes in Tools| Options| Compatibility.
22.Re: DVD recorder VS PC capture devices
Posted by retexan599 on 7/28/2008 7:04:32 PM
You will eventually run into problems with .vob files and Movie Maker; they may appear to work in some cases, but problems will arise. VOB files are a form of MPEG2 -- have a look at PapaJohn's URL about MPEG2 at:

http://www.papajohn.org/MM2-Importing-Video-MPEG2.html

I do use a DVD Recorder for my capture device from VHS tape; I convert the resulting .vob files to a compatible .avi using VirtualDub for MPEG2 and the WMV 9 codec.
23.Re: help with unwanted Green Flashes
Posted by retexan599 on 5/24/2008 6:11:45 PM
You might have a look at this URL to see if it is of any help:

http://www.bernzilla.com/item.php?id=884
24.Re: help with unwanted Green Flashes
Posted by retexan599 on 5/25/2008 9:32:24 PM
Not sure I can add much more to the solution -- one thing I have done when I have something that seems intractable, is to import the sample videos that come with Vista into Movie Maker and see if even they will work. On my machine, the sample videos are in the Public Videos folder. There are three of them: Bear, Butterfly, Lake. Try one of them and see if they give you the same problem; perhaps that would narrow the problem for you.

Cheers,
25.Re: help with unwanted Green Flashes
Posted by retexan599 on 5/24/2008 6:47:20 PM
Another place to look is to see if you have incompatible source files. Try this URL:

http://www.myvideoproblems.com/Tutorials/MovieMaker/File_type_compatibility.htm

Another trick that sometimes works is to uncheck the boxes in Tools| Options| Compatibility.
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