4K vs Windows Movie Maker: Import 4K Files to Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker, formerly known as Windows Live Movie Maker, is the one-minute way to turn photos and videos into great-looking movies that are easy as well as to publish them on OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr — for free(a basic free video editing software from Microsoft).

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When it comes to 4K, many folks are eager to know why they have a bad experiences on editing 4k footage recorded by Sony A7s, Sony A7II, DJI Phantom 4/3/2, Samsung NX1/NX500, Sony Action Cam, GoPro Hero4/3 in Windows Movie Maker, even some phones like iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 are able to capture UHD 4K videos, why Windows Movie Maker handle this 4K video so bad?

Firstly, even though Windows Movie Maker calim support 4k editing, your PC is a bit under-power to process 4k videos with Windows Movie Maker.

4K videos are getting more and more popular these days due to its high quality video but if you wish to edit these videos through your Windows Movie Maker then you first need to ensure the compatibility of your hardware as well as software.

Use this table to find the right version of Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker for your system. Which version of Windows am I running?

Operating system Movie Maker version How to get it
Windows 8.1,
Windows 8, and
Windows 7
Windows Movie Maker 2012 Get it now

Note: Movie Maker is included in the Windows Essentials 2012 program suite.

Windows RT 8.1 and Windows RT N/A Windows Movie Maker isn’t available for Windows RT 8.1 and Windows RT.

Along with software, your hardware requirements also play a major role when it comes to 4K videos. If your system does not support the 4K videos, there is no point even if you have the latest software version.

Majority of videos are finished in 1080p and thus it is always advisable to downscale your 4K video so that they can be easily edited in Windows Movie Maker. Your 4K footage can be easily downscale using a good video converter and compressor.

Mininum system requirements to edit 4K video

  • Integrated Graphics solutions that support 4K external displays (8GB RAM recommended with integrated graphics solutions)
  • 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor family (Intel Haswell based CPUs) – (Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 / Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100, Intel® HD Graphics 5000 / 4600 / 4400 / 4200)
  • AMD A10-7800 APU

If your computer meets above listed requirements, you will have no problem to work 4K video with Windows Movie Maker, however, it won’t edit the video as it is, instead, it will render the 4K files down and output a 1080p file.

Secondly, the 4K video should be listed in Windows Movie Maker supported formats list as below.

  • Video formats: WMV, ASF, WM, M2TS, MTS, M2T, MOV, QT, DVR-MS, WTV
  • Audio formats: ASF, WM, WMA, AIF, AIFF, WAV, M4A, MP3

If the 4K video are with the format of XAVC S, MP4, H.265/HEVC, etc. Windows Movie Maker will fail to handle those 4K file formats. In this situations, the easy workaround is to downsacle and transcode the 4K unsupported video to Windows Movie Maker best editable WMV file format with 1080p quality.

See more at http://multi-editor-tools.over-blog.com/2016/07/best-file-type-for-non-linear-editor.html#Windows Movie Maker for the full video and audio format supported by Windows Movie Maker.

Import 4K Footage to Windows Movie Maker

It will be fine if you get the two points into green word, import 4K footage to Windows Movie Maker should be easily. The only thing you need is a good video converter and compressor(for downscaling and converting 4k footage). Here, Brorsoft Video Converter are high recommended, it supports creating high quality WMV video for your Windows Movie Maker, no matter what’s the format of your source video files. Plus, it comes with all regular video editing tools like Trim, Crop, Effect, Subtitle, Watermark. For basic video editing tasks, you can even replace your Windows Movie Maker with it.

Below is the entire process of converting 4K videos to Windows Movie Maker:

Free download, install and run Brorsoft Video Converter, the trail-before-purchase quick download icon provide here

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You can also turn to Brorsoft page for downloading. Keep in mind that you have download the right version, Mac OS .dmg files cannot be installed on Windows platform – and vice versa.

Step 1. Load source 4K videos

Launch Brorsoft Video Converter, and then click “Add Video” and load your 4K HD files. This program supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files into it at a time.

video converter

Step 2: Choose Windows Movie Maker supported file formats.

Click “Format” bar, from its drop-down list, navigate to the “Common Video” main category, from its extended list, select Windows Movie Maker supported “WMV3 (WMV9)(*.wmv)” codec.

select format

Spet 3. Edit 4K video files in Brorsoft Video Converter directly.

From the Edit menu you can choose six distinct editing workspaces; Trim, Crop, Text Watermark, Image/Video Watermark, Effect, and Audio Replace.

Trim: Allowing users to decide where to start and where to end when converting the selected clip, so that unwanted segments will be cut out after conversion.

Crop: Getting rid of the black edges and unwanted area of the image.

Text Watermark: Here, you can create a text watermark to personalize your video. For a text watermark, select the “Enable” box below the preview screen and type whatever text you want in the text watermark area.. You may strikeout, underline and transparent effect for the text. The font, color, size, and style of the text can be adjusted too. Click “Apply to All” to apply the settings to all the videos that are listed in file list.

Image/ Video Watermark: Here, you can import an image or video watermark to personalize your video.

Effect: Customize the output effect. Here, you can adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, apply gray, flip color, invert or Aged film effects and apply a number of deinterlacing options.

Audio Editor: Adding audio to target video file so that you can replace the original audio track with favorite melody.

Spet 4. Start converting

When all is OK, just click the Convert button to start converting your 4K videos to Windows Movie Maker compatible 1080p WMV files. After the conversion, find your converted video clips in the destination folder and add them to Windows Movie Maker for home movie making.

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