Windows Movie Maker Cannot Import AVI Files? Solved

Summary: When you import .avi files to Windows Movie Maker, you will meet some files codec problem. The Windows Movie Maker cannot support .avi formats? What is the best way import AVI video files into Windows Movie Maker for editing smoothly.

Directory overview

  • The reason that Windows Movie Maker cannot import AVI files
  • How to import AVI files to Windows Movie Maker
  • A simple tutorial to import AVI files to Windows Movie Maker

The reason that Windows Movie Maker cannot import AVI files

Although Windows Movie Maker claims it support AVI importing, AVI, a container format just like MKV and MP4, may includes with codecs that are not compatible with Windows Movie Maker. What kind of files can use in Windows Movie Maker? Why the AVI files codec cannot support Windows Movie Maker. At first, let us to learn the Windows Movie Maker support files types.

Project file types

Photo file types

Audio file types

All video files supported in Movie Maker, except that use digital rights management (DRM). For more information about video and audio codecs, as well as determining which codecs are installed on your computer and used in a particular audio file. 

How to import AVI files to Windows Movie Maker

To download a proper codec pack is somewhat annoying. Well, We don't have to understand these complicated codecs and download them for video editing in WMM. There is an easy way to deal with the problem - converting AVI to WMM, the most compatible format for Windows systems and Windows Movie Maker.

Actually, it's not as difficult as you imagine. What's need is a just a common video converter like Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. It supports creating high quality WMV video for your Windows Movie Maker, no matter what's the format of your source video files. It can convert almost any video to WMV so you can import your video to Windows Movie Maker for editing. If you're facing problems editing your video files like AVI, VOB, MKV, MOV with Windows Movie Maker, chances are you already installed this great and powerful utility. If not, download it from below

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Powerful features

1. Almost 200+ video/audio formats supported

A large number of file formats are accepted by this package, Blu-ray, DVD, MP4, MOV, MKV, MXF, TiVo, JPEG, BMP, etc. More than 200 formats are listed under Format pane for output. What’s more, you are now able to create videos in AVI and save the videos in better to WMA video quality.

2. Output playable videos/movies for all popular devices

Easily create an optimized file from this toolbox for your favorite devices: iPad, iPhone, Android, Xbox, tablets, and game consoles.

3. 6x Faster Conversion Speed

Fully optimized for the NVIDIA CUDA technology and AMD ® Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP), Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate now can largely accelerate video encoding speed to save users time when transcoding/converting/ripping video files from one format to another by using H.264 codec.

A simple tutorial to import AVI files to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Import AVI files to the program

Install Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate if you haven't got it yet on your Windows PC. Launch it afterwards. The first step is to import your .avi video file into the video converter. You have two ways to do this: simply drag-and-drop your files or click the Add Video button to browse for your .avi files in your computer.

Step 2. Set WMV as the output format

Click "Profile" (located below where your files are displayed) and select the format you want from the drop-down list. Here you can choose "WMV" from "Common Video" category or Choose "WMV-HD" from "HD Video" as the output format.

Tips: The default setting works well. Of course, if you want to customize video and audio encoding settings, just click the "Settings" button to customize these settings. You can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

Step 3. Start converting AVI to Windows Movie Maker

You should be ready to start conversion at this point. Just click on the Convert button that can be found on the menu. Wait for a while and the video converter will do the trick. You will soon have your .avi video into a WMV format that's recognizable and editable by Windows Movie Maker.

Step 4. Import AVI to Windows Movie Maker

Depending on your version of Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker, the buttons are slightly different:

Then we can import AVI video to Windows Movie Maker. When the conversion complete, open Windows Movie Maker and click Import or Import Video on the left to import your video to the movie collection and drag and drop to the timeline for editing.

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    notebooked (Monday, 23 May 2016 09:09)

    You can follow the guide below to convert XAVC or XAVC S to WMV, ASF, MPG, AVI for importing XAVC or XAVC S to Windows Movie Maker or Windows Media Player step by step at

  • #2

    MOV? (Monday, 20 June 2016 22:05)

    Does it encode MOV as well for WMM?