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Can't save or burn Movie Maker project
December 3, 2014
8:09 pm
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George Harper
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Let’s start at the beginning. Chris helped me some time back on another Geek forum when I was trying to figure out how to use Blogger to make a website for my coach club. I was able to resolve the issues, and now I am happy with the site.

One of our members is a retired Navy Vice-Admiral. He and his wife hosted a rally at Norfolk, VA and they took us on a tour of Naval Station Norfolk and arranged for us to go on board an active Navy destroyer. What an opportunity!. I took a lot of photos and then made a Movie Maker movie. I then saved the project and uploaded it to Google Drive, and shared it on our blog via a link. I also set up our Go Daddy hosted domain name to direct to Blogger. You can see our Blogger club website and watch the movie at http://www.southeastcountrycoa…..rs.com   Thanks for the help, Chris.

After successfully saving the project once in a format suitable for computer viewing, I wanted to save a higher resolution version to use to burn a DVD for the rally hosts to keep. Blogger would start saving the project, but then stop, saying that there was not adequate drive space. The drive I was saving to had 383 GB of space, so I don’t think that was true. Going back recently to try once again, I asked MM to burn a DVD. In that case it would progress to 26 % complete and then freeze with a grey screen.

Do you think my MM file has become damaged? Could there be a work around? The project file will play fine within the MM app, just won’t save.

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George Harper

December 4, 2014
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I saw the video on your blog … GOOD JOB! I especially like all the great music. Good idea to upload to Google Drive for sharing – youtube would have stripped the music.

I’m not sure what you mean by “Blogger would start saving the project then stop …” I figure you must have mean Movie Maker. Did you try in Movie Maker:  File->Save Movie->For Computer ?  That’s usually plenty high enough resolution. Then you can just use Windows to burn that file to a DVD. That DVD would only play on a computer, not a DVD player. Or was it important to have a DVD that would play in a TV or DVD player?

December 5, 2014
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Hi Chris. Glad you enjoyed the movie and liked the music. Yes, I did misspeak. I said “Blogger” but meant “Movie Maker” as you guessed.

The MM file that I was able to save before MM quit saving was “for computer” as you suggested. So, I tried to burn it with Windows DVD Maker. However, it said my file type (MP4) was not supported. I did check and Win DVD Maker only supports  ‘.asf’, ‘.avi’, ‘.dvr-ms’, ‘.m1v’, ‘.mp2’, ‘.mp2v’, ‘.mpe’, ‘.mpeg’, ‘.mpg’, ‘.mpv2’, ‘.wm’, and ‘.wmv’. Wow, all those codecs are crazy.

So, failing that I downloaded a free DVD burner and it said my file was not supported either. Any suggestions?

I think the “for computer” save is OK resolution, but I would really like to have higher res for the DVD, and yes, I would like it to play in a DVD player and not just a computer for the folks I’m making it for.

When MM first failed to save it said it did not have adequate space, but now when I try to save “for DVD” it goes exactly to 26 per cent and hangs. I have to ctrl/alt/delete to get out.

I thought windows had a utility to repair files, but I can’t find it. I thought it was in program uninstall. I have Win 7. I was hoping to repair the file. If I uninstall MM and reinstall it, will I lose my MM file?

Thanks for any suggestions.

George Harper

December 11, 2014
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We had a forum post last year regarding Movie Maker and DVDs where the answer was a software called DVD Styler. If you read thru that thread, there may be something to help you situation: https://geeksontour.com/forum/p…..questions/

As for repairing .mp4 files … I’m afraid we don’t have any personal experience with repair tools, but I found this site that looks interesting. https://geeksontour.com/forum/p…..questions/

December 12, 2014
8:47 pm
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Chris

I have two issues. The first is I have a saved MM file (mp4) that is “for computer” in the save options. That is what is on my website. I would like to burn this file to DVD, but Windows DVD Maker does not support the .mp4 file format. I just tried DVD Styler as you suggested, and as Jim cautioned in his post I had to carefully navigate through several attempts by the program to get me to download some aggravationware. I successfully got through that. However, although the program listed many file types that it would convert to, including mp4, it would not convert to mp4 in fact. When I tried to import the file the program only listed two file types, both of which I have never heard of: .dvds and *xml. Short of paying about $40 for Convert X toDVD without knowing for sure if it will work, I am out of options.

The second issue is that MM has stopped saving project files. If I try to save with any of the save options, like “burn DVD,”” the save process goes to 26% complete and stops each time I try. MM does what I want to do. I ran the “repair” in Programs and Features in control panel, but that did not work. I would like to try uninstalling and reinstalling, but I wonder if I would lose my saved project files? Also, on my Win 7 machine MM is only one part of “Windows Essentials,” so I guess I would have to uninstall the whole thing. I really prefer to salvage the MM program if possible.

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George Harper

December 15, 2014
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The second issue sounds like a clip in the project is corrupt. The only way to know is to split it up into smaller chunks and render them individually. Then put them back together. I have had this happen to me.

The first issue has me stumped. I would try it on a different computer, if possible. 

I don’t have any experience with the Convert X program. Perhaps you can contact them to see if you can get a refund if it doesn’t work for you.

If I were shelling out money for a solution, I would probably invest in Nero.

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December 15, 2014
8:13 pm
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Jim

It looks like if I want to burn the mp4 MM file I’ll have to just buy Nero or Roxio. I already have Roxio VHS to DVD 3, and you can import a video file into it, but it’s frustrating that it will not import mp4.

The best solution would be to get MM going again, so your comment about MM having a corrupt clip is interesting. Could you elaborate on that? There is no video in my MM project. Only photos. You speak of splitting the clips up into smaller chunks and rendering them individually. Do you mean putting some blank space in the story board, and what do you mean by render?

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George Harper

December 16, 2014
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I hear you. MM is the easiest program for putting together videos. It does sound like there is something wrong with your MM installation, though. I can import MP4 files into my projects. I have had a situation where a file broke one of my projects. Eliminating that clip allowed me to continue. I have no explanation. It looked fine to me.

If you have only photos in a project, you might look into Photo Story 3 as an alternative. It’s a free program from Microsoft. It has been around a long time, but still works on my Win8.

Rendering is the process of creating a movie file from a project. It is usually the final step in the creation process. 

I was really bummed when Microsoft took the DVD burning out of Win8. My solution is using a Win7 machine if I need to burn a DVD movie, though I usually just upload to YouTube and send a link.

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December 16, 2014
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Jim

When you said MM would import mp4 files, that gave me an idea about how to burn a DVD using my only saved MM project. I opened a new project and imported my mp4 MM project. The new project is not damaged, so it imported the file and I was then able to successfully save the project and burn it to a DVD. The “burn to DVD” save utilized Win DVD maker to do the job and had some nice menu templates. So, the bottom line is I imported an entire saved MM file in a new undamaged project. I may have lost some video quality, especially in some titles by “saving a save”, but overall it looks pretty good.

You know how a MM story board looks…video clips and audio tracks. The video clips have color. Well, my imported mp4 MM file shows up in the first frame as a thumbnail of one of my clips (a green frame) followed by faded identical copies of the first clip. An audio track shows up too.

So, my problem of burning a DVD from my intact MM saved file is solved by a work around. I would love to repair my original project so I could save a higher resolution file, but I guess that is unlikely.

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