How to Convert a Movie Maker File

by Will Conley
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Once you have finished editing a movie file in Windows Movie Maker and are satisfied with the results, you will want to convert the file to a format viewable on any media playback device. In the case of Windows Movie Maker, this means converting the Movie Maker data to the WMV format, or Windows Media Video. The Movie Maker program makes it pretty easy to accomplish this final step in the movie-making process.

Step 1

Launch Windows Movie Maker.

Step 2

Open a Windows Movie Maker project you have been working on and would like to convert to a universally playable format.

Step 3

Go to "File > Save Movie File > My Computer." Click "Next."

Step 4

Enter a desired file name for your converted Movie Maker file and select the folder to which you wish to save the file. Click "Next."

Under "Movie Setting," choose "Other settings:" and then "High quality video (large)." This setting will work for most users, and preserves the quality of the Windows Movie Maker file should you wish to make further changes to it after conversion. (Advanced users may wish to choose a different setting.) Click "Next." Windows Movie Maker will convert your Movie Maker file into the WMV format, which is viewable on most media playback devices.


  • If you wish to convert the Windows Movie Maker file to a format other than WMV, first follow the above steps. Then download a free video file conversion program, such as Any Video Converter (see link in Resources below). Use the converter to change the final WMV files to the format of your choosing.

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About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include,, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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