CANNOT IMPORT INTO WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER: IT HANGS


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Guest

Windows Movie Maker hangs

Hardware:
Dell XPS 410
2.6 ghz
3 gig ram
871gig free disk space

Software:
Windows XP
Media Center Edition
Version 2002
sp2

Camera:
have a Sony DCR SR40
w 30gb drive

software that came with camera:
Came with PIXELA ImageMixer software
which i use to save the clips from the camera onto a folder.
They get automatically saved as .mpg


Windows Movie Maker
Version 5.1
Windows Movie Maker Version 2.1.4026.0
(so it says both version 5.1 and 2.1, i guess they are one and the same)

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this is my problem: CANNOT IMPORT INTO WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER: IT HANGS

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i want to import into collections
File/Import into collections
i go to the directory where i have mpg files
(more later on how those mpgs were created)

i click on an mpg file.

it starts to import

it goes to
'seconds remaining = 0 100%'
and it will just hang there forever


THATS IT. THIS IS MY PROBLEM. I AM UNABLE TO IMPORT



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how did that mpg file get created?

Real easy:


First of all, it looks like an mpg to me. not an mpeg2

Even though, i suspect it may be an mpg2, but i have no way of knowing.(as
far as i know)

all i know is that other people think this camera/software make mpg2's

for example
<<
I just got a new Sony DCR-SR40. It has a 30GB hard drive a records the
videos captured as MPEG2.
That is the camera i have
It came with Pixela software (ImageMixer for HDD Camcorder)

It doesnt have the software version number or anything like that
But i create the mpg file by using this:
software name: imageMixer MPEG Cutter
I just click on compile when i have edited my clip,
and point to a work folder i have created

simple as that. It creates a file with .mpg

So, is that an mpeg2? Who knows? looks like an .mpg to me! not an mpeg2,

i displayed properties and all that. nothing says mpeg2

and so thats that

I go to windows movie maker, try to import it into collections

and it starts and goes reasonably fast till it gets to 100% and then it just
hangs
there forever

its not a big file

the one i tried to do just now is 81,392 KB (under TYPE in win explorer, it
says 'MPEG Video')


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Oh, and i already tried something, and of course it did not work:

I downloaded Windows Media Encoder

so i could just take these mpg files and convert them to wmv or whatever
format

But that did not work for me! Windows Media Encoder Plain crashes when i
set the
from and to files to be converted. But this question is not even about
windows media encoder

it is about what i described before. I CANNOT IMPORT A .mpg FILE INTO
WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER

i suspect it has to do with codecs.


any ideas?
 
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P

PapaJohn

MPEG2 files that don't go into Movie Maker should be converted to other file
types that do.... see my website's Import Movie Source Files > Video >
MPEG-2 page.
 
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J

John Hanley

Not a direct answer to your question, but...I successfully use Windows Media
Encoder to convert my .mpg files to .wmv. I did find that WME did not like
two pass VBR audio encoding and stopped with the error 0xC00D0BC3; if you
are getting this error, change your audio encoding to something like "CD
quality CBR". This is what I use and it gives good results to get my .mpg
files to .wmv and thence into Windows Movie Maker.
 

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