Import H.264 encoded MOV files into Windows Movie Maker
“I have a couple of digital camcorders that output .MOV files encoded in h.264 video/AAC audio. They won’t load into Windows Movie Maker or Windows Media Player – I guess I need to install some codecs. Where can I get these?”
Can Windows Movie Maker natively handle H.264 video?
After searching for Windows Movie Maker supported file formats, we can see that Windows Movie Maker can only handle the following file types:
From above tablets, we can see that Windows Movie Maker lacks the ability to handle H.264 files. Therefore, to load H.264 into Windows Movie Maker, you will need to perform a format or codec transcoding process.
Transcode H.264 for Windows Movie Maker editing
If you are looking for a simple to use application to get the job easily completed, we highly recommend Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate to you. The program has full importing support for both 4K/HD H.264 files wrapped in different container file formats such as AVI, MOV, MP4, MKV, MXF, etc. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple H.264 files into the application at one time for conversion to save your precious time.
With the application, you can easily transcode unsupported H.264 to Windows Movie Maker editable WMV, DV AVI, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 format with best quality and super fast-encoding speed. To get better output video and audio quality, you can flexibly adjust output profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc are adjustable to facilitate you to make a balance between the video quality and the file size.
Edit H.264 with built-in editing options
Apart from converting the H.264 video, the program can also work as a H.264 video editor. You can trim or cut video to remove the unwanted parts or segments, crop video to remove the black edges or unwanted size area, add video/image/transparent text watermark, apply special rendering effect, insert external srt/ass/ssa subtitles, etc.
Step by Step to Transcode H.264 for Windows Movie Maker
Step 1: Load H.264 files into the application.
Run the program on your computer and click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to add unsupported H.264 files into the program.
Step 2: Define output file format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of Windows Movie Maker editable file formats such as “HD Video” > “WMV HD(*.wmv)”.
Step 3: Edit video(optional).
Check an item to active the “Video Editor” function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the “Video Editor” window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply special rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button to convert video to Windows Movie Maker.
Once the conversion is finished, you can click “Open Output Folder” button to get the output files effortlessly, and now you are ready to import and edit any files with Windows Movie Maker. Just import the converted files to Windows Movie Maker for editing via its “Import video” option.