Thursday, March 31, 2016

How to Import and Edit QuickTime (MOV) Files in Windows Movie Maker

“I don't know how to convert my QuickTime (MOV) videos to Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker can't recognize them.”

“I'm trying to use Movie Maker in Windows 8.1 for the first time. Every time I open a .mov file, Movie Maker immediately crashes. I've attempted it several times and the program has shut down each time.”

MOV is Apple QuickTime Movie file type developed by Apple. As MOV was designed specifically for QuickTime environment, it can suffer problems outside of that environment as we mentioned at the very beginning. On the other hand, Windows Movie Maker (WMM) is one of the most popular video editing programs in the Windows operating system and it has received a lot of praises. With it, users can effortlessly create movies in WMV, AVI, ASF, MPG video formats. However, if you want to import QuickTime MOV to Windows Movie Maker, then you will be disappointed with the result.

Kinds of files can be used in Movie Maker:

Video file types (format)

File name extensions

Windows Media Video (WMV) files


Windows Media files

.asf and .wm

AVCHD files

.m2ts, .mts, and .m2t

Apple QuickTime files

.mov and .qt

DV‑AVI files


Microsoft Recorded TV Show files

.dvr-ms and .wtv

MPEG‑4 movie files

.mp4, .mov,.m4v, .3gp, .3g2, and .k3g

MPEG‑2 movie files

.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, .mpv2, .mod, .vob, and .m2t

MPEG‑1 movie files


Motion JPEG files

.avi and .mov

Windows Movie Maker can't recognize QuickTime (MOV) videos, only Motion JPEG .mov files. In order to import QuickTime (MOV) videos in Windows Movie Maker, we need to change a video from QuickTime to something compatible with Windows Movie Maker.

As you know, Windows Movie Maker provides best support for WMV video files. So you can just convert QuickTime MOV file to WMV format. Then there won't be any problem to import your QuickTime video to edit with Windows Movie Maker.

Here we highly recommend you Pavtube Video Converter to convert QuickTime to Movie Maker. With it, you can complete conversion from MOV to WMV within seconds. So that you can freely play or edit your QuickTime MOV video on Windows Movie Maker. It supports creating high quality WMV video for your Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, no matter what's the format of your source video files.

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Install and run it, you will see the interface. The following is a simple instruction of how to use this Pavtube Video Converter: 

How to Convert and Import QuickTime (MOV) Files to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Import QuickTime (MOV) files.

Click the button “File” to add QuickTime (MOV) files (or directly drag and drop your files) to the Converter.

Tip: If you want to merge QuickTime (MOV) files before edit in Windows Movie Maker, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Select an output format for Windows Movie Maker.

Click “Format” bar to select suitable format for Windows Movie Maker. WMV is one of the proper formats for Windows Movie Maker.

Step 3: Tap the“Settings”icon to adjust audio and video parameters for Windows Movie Maker. 

Once you have chosen the output format, then click the "Settings" right beside "Format" to adjust the video and audio parameters.

Step 4: Tap the big Convert button on the main interface to start transcoding QuickTime (MOV) to Windows Movie Maker.

The conversion should be quickly finished. Once the process is at 100%, you can have the converted file easily worked with Windows Movie Maker.

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