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As you get ready to create your project in Windows Live Movie Maker, it's important to first understand the different file formats that can be used. For example, if you're going to be bringing in photos, what formats or file types are acceptable here in Movie Maker? Same thing goes for video and audio files. It's really simple to find out. Here we are, ready to start a new project. We'll just go up to the top right-hand corner, where you'll see the Help button-- the little question mark. F1 is the keyboard shortcut, if you prefer. But this is going to launch your default browser and take you directly to the Windows Live Movie Maker Help Center.
As you look at the Frequently Asked Questions, as you scroll down to the third one, you'll see a question: What kind of files can I use in Movie Maker? Well, click the link to the answer. You'll see three categories: one for video files, photo files, and audio files. You can show them all, expanding them all, or go one by one. So let's start with video files. We'll just click that link. Now, as we scroll down, you're going to see quite a long list of video file formats that can be used in Movie Maker. So you can be bringing in Windows Media files, you can be bringing in Apple QuickTime files, AVI files, and so on.
AVCHD files come directly from your camera if you're using a video camera, for example. There will be a couple of things to consider as you scroll down this list--which, by the way, gets longer and longer with every version of Movie Maker. There are some notes down below. For example, if you have any files, whether they'd be audio or video files, that are protected using digital rights management, they won't be accepted into Movie Maker. Keep that in mind. Also, if you're going to be using AVCHD video files coming from your camera, you won't be able to use them unless you're using one of the following versions of Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
There are other notes about the various formats. So depending on the format you plan on using, you might want to read a little bit about those formats. As we scroll further down, we get to the photo files. We'll click that link. Look at the photo file types and formats that can be used. You'll see their extensions over here on the right-hand side: JPEGs, TIFFs, GIFs, BMPs, and so on. Then we get to audio files. You might be adding music to a project, for example. What types of files can be used? Quite a long list again. You can see the WMA files.
They are popular, as are MP3 files, and a few others in between. There are a couple of notes down below about the audio files to consider. When you're done, just simply close up the Browser window, and you're back to Movie Maker, ready to start your new project with a good understanding of the different file types that can be used.
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