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AndyP55 is not online. Last active: 8/25/2008 11:46:55 AM AndyP55
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I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 21 Jun 2008 09:06 AM
I am not able to add any kind of files to the timeline, I have tried various kinds of picture, audio and video files but none can be added. The only thing I can add is a title.
I have Vista home premium and version 6.0 of movie maker.
Can you help?
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 21 Jun 2008 10:36 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.

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 22 Jun 2008 03:48 AM
Ok, I looked at the site and it says that .avi and .wmv files are compatible without problems. I tried adding these to the timeline and they still didn't work, I also tried .wav, .wma and bitmap and these didn't work either, with or without the compatibilty boxes checked.
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 22 Jun 2008 11:40 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.


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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 22 Jun 2008 06:27 PM
AndyP55 - some but not all avi files will work in Movie Maker. AVI is what is known as a container format and whether it works in Movie Maker depends on the codecs used to encode the video and audio inside that avi container. There are hundreds of codecs that can be used with the avi container and many of them Movie Maker doesn't like.

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 26 Jun 2008 12:19 PM
I understand now that there are a lot of codecs for .avi files. However I am still having problems adding .wmv, .wma, etc. to the timeline.
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 26 Jun 2008 02:09 PM
Do the wmv and wma files that are giving you a problem play normally in Windows Media Player? If they do, go to "Tools > Options > Compatibility" and uncheck all the filters ending in .ax and see what happens.

What happens when you try the experiment recommended by retexan599?

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 27 Jun 2008 03:43 PM
When I tried the experiment retexan599 recommended the sample videos would not add to the timeline either (or any of the sample music or pictures). I unchecked the boxes ending in .ax also.
Is it a problem that I have some Nero products installed? They are the boxes that end in .ax in the compatibility tab.
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 27 Jun 2008 09:55 PM
Nero is one of the programs known to cause problems. Start by making sure you have all the latest updates installed for your version and then unchecking all the Nero filters in the "Compatibility" tab. If that doesn't help and you want to try uninstalling Nero, then use the Nero Clean Tool to do that.

FYI, I'm working another thread involving the same issue and uninstalling Nero didn't resolve their problem (I'll be doing some more research to see if I can find anything on whether the Nero Clean Tool really removes all the Nero "bits and pieces".)

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 11 Aug 2008 12:45 PM
Made any break throughs yet?
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 11 Aug 2008 10:24 PM
No "breakthroughs". Did you try uninstalling Nero?

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 13 Aug 2008 11:34 AM
Yes I uninstalled nero and the boxes with .ax in the combatibility tab have gone now.
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 13 Aug 2008 03:44 PM
If you open a new Movie Maker project, can you add a title to the timeline/storyboard and publish that as a movie?

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 06:46 AM
Yes but I could do that before, it's just the files which I'm having problems with.
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 15 Aug 2008 11:37 AM
Do you have one of the "problem" files you wouldn't mind sharing with me? If you do, upload it to MediaFire and I'll download it and check it out on my system. If you decide to do this, post back here with the download link.

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 23 Aug 2008 10:47 AM
Ok, here's one of the files which won't add to the timeline.

http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=d6ba2c1e751f10aed2db6fb9a8902bda
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 23 Aug 2008 10:54 AM
I downloaded the file and was able to add it to the timeline without a problem.

Try creating a new User Account and see if you have the same problem in Movie Maker in that new account.

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 08:44 AM
I've had no luck with making a new account and adding any files, even the sample pictures, music, etc.
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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 10:18 AM
andyp55

I know you have a recent PC/Lapop since you have Vista, but have you gone to the PC/Laptop manufacturer's webiste and updated your drivers. Also, have you installed all of the Windows updates including SP1?

Movie Maker can give you problems because of outdated drivers, especially since neophyte has been able to add the file to his own timeline. Smiley

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Re: I cannot add files to the timeline
Posted: 24 Aug 2008 07:19 PM
Don't know if this will help, but I came across Post 126834looking for something else on Nero.

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