I hate the idea of having to convert data to be able to use it with Windows Live Movie Maker, but that’s what most people will tell you to do; including Microsoft forum support.
And technically the support technicians would be correct. They even have a page that supports that fact. They’ve a page they reference when anyone after asks about the FLV files.
Normally, I would agree with them, but yesterday I was doing a test and I grabbed the incorrect file and drag-and-dropped it in to Windows Live Movie Maker— funny thing was— it worked!
I was able to import a FLV file right in to Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 and not have to convert it— it just worked.
Here’s what I did…
I had this video file— it’s a FLV file.
Natively, and officially, Windows Live Movie Maker doesn’t support importing it; that’s why it surprised me so much! Everyone else is preaching how it the FLV files have to be converted to AVI first.
Here’s the supported file types for Windows Live Movie Maker…
Here’s the properties in VLC player, which is what I was using to play the file. VLC is an awesome media player… Here’s the screenshot of the video information to prove my point.
So, I take this FLV file and then I drag-and-drop the file right in to Windows Live Movie Maker 2011.
When I first drop the FLV file off in Windows Live Movie Maker, I get this…
But I wait a few seconds [about 15-30 seconds] and I get this…
Now, just to clarify it’s not 100%. What I never got was a proper preview on the right hand side. It stays just the way it’s now, but I can edit it.
Now if you trim, or edit the video the preview starts coming back, but that seems to be the catch thus far.
So what’s the key?
F F D S H O W
The FFa and FFv, blue an red icons pop-up each time a new video, edit or trim is made in Windows Live Movie Maker. It’s handling the conversion of the FLV files, on-the-fly, to make it compatible with Windows Live Movie Maker 2011.
It’s listed right there in the middle… And it converts it automatically.
I hope this helps…
Larry Henry Jr.