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Thread: can't combine files in Movie Maker

  1. #1
    LiveAndLearn Guest

    can't combine files in Movie Maker

    Hello all,

    I tried to merge/combine miltiple WMV video clips using Windows Movie Maker,
    but the COMBINE option on the Click menu was greyed out (disabled)...how
    come? Is this a trial version (I have this software already installed on my
    new PC)?

    Thanx in advance

    L&L

  2. #2
    PapaJohn Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    the combine feature is sort of like an 'undo'.... you can only undo what you
    did. Combining clips only works if you cut a clip in two or more parts and
    you want to put them back together.

    --
    website references are to www.papajohn.org

    PapaJohn (MVP)


    "LiveAndLearn" <LiveAndLearn@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:8EE4C94F-8F85-4D2A-B44E-4ECF2EA5420A@microsoft.com...
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I tried to merge/combine miltiple WMV video clips using Windows Movie
    > Maker,
    > but the COMBINE option on the Click menu was greyed out (disabled)...how
    > come? Is this a trial version (I have this software already installed on
    > my
    > new PC)?
    >
    > Thanx in advance
    >
    > L&L




  3. #3
    LiveAndLearn Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    I see. Thanx for replying.

    Know of any good software for combining/joining/merging multiple WMV video
    clips, preferrably free (as I don't use it a great deal).


    ASFTools served me well for this purpose in XP. I just discovered that it
    didn't run very well in Vista after fell over a few times.

    Cheers

    L&L



    "PapaJohn" wrote:

    > the combine feature is sort of like an 'undo'.... you can only undo what you
    > did. Combining clips only works if you cut a clip in two or more parts and
    > you want to put them back together.
    >
    > --
    > website references are to www.papajohn.org
    >
    > PapaJohn (MVP)
    >
    >
    > "LiveAndLearn" <LiveAndLearn@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:8EE4C94F-8F85-4D2A-B44E-4ECF2EA5420A@microsoft.com...
    > > Hello all,
    > >
    > > I tried to merge/combine miltiple WMV video clips using Windows Movie
    > > Maker,
    > > but the COMBINE option on the Click menu was greyed out (disabled)...how
    > > come? Is this a trial version (I have this software already installed on
    > > my
    > > new PC)?
    > >
    > > Thanx in advance
    > >
    > > L&L

    >
    >
    >


  4. #4
    John Inzer Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    LiveAndLearn wrote:
    > I see. Thanx for replying.
    >
    > Know of any good software for combining/joining/merging multiple WMV
    > video clips, preferrably free (as I don't use it a great deal).
    >
    >
    > ASFTools served me well for this purpose in XP. I just discovered
    > that it didn't run very well in Vista after fell over a few times.
    >
    > Cheers
    >
    > L&L

    ===========================================
    Just drag the clips to your timeline and Publish the movie
    as described in the following articles...that will combine
    them into a single .wmv or .avi movie file.

    Windows Vista -
    Publish a movie in
    Windows Movie Maker
    http://tinyurl.com/2lo4gp
    or...
    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...8cdf21033.mspx

    The following link explains about .avi files:

    Movie Maker in Vista -
    Publishing / Quality Profiles
    http://www.papajohn.org/Vista-Publishing.html

    --

    John Inzer
    MS Digital Media MVP

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



  5. #5
    Bonnie Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    This sounds in relation as to what I'm trying to attempt...How do you merge
    two pictures together on windows movie maker?

  6. #6
    John Inzer Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    Bonnie wrote:
    > This sounds in relation as to what I'm trying to attempt...How do you
    > merge two pictures together on windows movie maker?

    ==========================
    I'm unsure what you mean when you say
    merge two pictures together. Please
    describe exactly what you are trying to
    accomplish.

    --

    John Inzer
    MS Digital Media MVP

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



  7. #7
    Bonnie Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    Hmm, how can i say this....alright well there's a symbol on movies maker that
    says split, I thought that was used to make a double pic out of different
    shots so, maybe I've got this wrong, and that's not how it works, anyways
    thanks for you're help. :)

  8. #8
    John Inzer Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    Bonnie wrote:
    > Hmm, how can i say this....alright well there's a symbol on movies
    > maker that says split, I thought that was used to make a double pic
    > out of different shots so, maybe I've got this wrong, and that's not
    > how it works, anyways thanks for you're help. :)

    ============================
    That option is for splitting a video clip.

    Once again...what is the result you are
    trying to achieve?

    Are you saying you want two pictures
    side by side in the same frame? This
    would be accomplished by preparing
    the picture in an editing program before
    you import it.

    --

    John Inzer
    MS Digital Media MVP

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk



  9. #9
    Mark Blain Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    <LiveAndLearn@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote (in part):

    > Know of any good software for combining/joining/merging multiple WMV
    > video clips, preferrably free (as I don't use it a great deal).
    >
    >
    > ASFTools served me well for this purpose in XP. I just discovered that
    > it didn't run very well in Vista after fell over a few times.


    Microsoft's own Windows Media Encoder package contains a file editor to
    split, join & trim files. I have not tried it.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...r/default.mspx

    You can also use WMAppend from the same package, by commmand line or with a
    GUI wrapper as explained at
    http://www.wmptalk.com/ftopic3130.html

  10. #10
    NYTXN Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    John why do the instructions in HELP on the Windows Movie Maker tell us to
    combine and yet it has no way to ? I am crazy or something... to think I
    almost had to pay $59 for someone to tell me that it will not work? I am
    beat up pretty bad over this lack of clear instructions in the program...
    respond if you want I realize you are a kind volunteer... I am sick about
    this issue and the lack of answers.. HELP is not clear on combining 2 clips
    nytxn

    "John Inzer" wrote:

    > Bonnie wrote:
    > > This sounds in relation as to what I'm trying to attempt...How do you
    > > merge two pictures together on windows movie maker?

    > ==========================
    > I'm unsure what you mean when you say
    > merge two pictures together. Please
    > describe exactly what you are trying to
    > accomplish.
    >
    > --
    >
    > John Inzer
    > MS Digital Media MVP
    >
    > Notice
    > This is not tech support
    > I am a volunteer
    >
    > Solutions that work for
    > me may not work for you
    >
    > Proceed at your own risk
    >
    >
    >


  11. #11
    Graham Hughes Guest

    Re: can't combine files in Movie Maker

    combine is normally used when you have taken a video clip and split it and
    then want to combine it back together again.
    If you have two pictures and you want a video file that is a single file
    consisting of two pictures running consecutively then use the save movie
    as/publish option.

    --

    Graham Hughes
    MVP Digital Media
    www.myvideoproblems.com


    "NYTXN" <NYTXN@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:F5735203-7E2D-41DB-938A-742FEC5FAAC9@microsoft.com...
    > John why do the instructions in HELP on the Windows Movie Maker tell us to
    > combine and yet it has no way to ? I am crazy or something... to think I
    > almost had to pay $59 for someone to tell me that it will not work? I am
    > beat up pretty bad over this lack of clear instructions in the program...
    > respond if you want I realize you are a kind volunteer... I am sick about
    > this issue and the lack of answers.. HELP is not clear on combining 2
    > clips
    > nytxn
    >
    > "John Inzer" wrote:
    >
    >> Bonnie wrote:
    >> > This sounds in relation as to what I'm trying to attempt...How do you
    >> > merge two pictures together on windows movie maker?

    >> ==========================
    >> I'm unsure what you mean when you say
    >> merge two pictures together. Please
    >> describe exactly what you are trying to
    >> accomplish.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> John Inzer
    >> MS Digital Media MVP
    >>
    >> Notice
    >> This is not tech support
    >> I am a volunteer
    >>
    >> Solutions that work for
    >> me may not work for you
    >>
    >> Proceed at your own risk
    >>
    >>
    >>




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