Windows 7 - Why can't I save my movie?

Asked By Kat on 12-Aug-08 04:05 PM
I have created a slideshow of photographs, with music and captions. I put a
CD-R into the disc drive and clicked save to CD, it allowed me to select the
movie name etc and went to the screen saying "your movie is saving" but the
bar remained on 0% for about 5 minutes and then a message came up saying
that the original source files used in your movie are still availabe, that
the saving location is still available and that there is enough free disk
space available and then try again." The original source files are there, the
blank CD is in and has enough space but it still won't save. I have tried 3
times now to save it to disk and also tried selecting 'save movie to my
computer' and the same message appears.

please help!




Saga replied on 12-Aug-08 05:08 PM
Are you able to view the entire movie within MovieMaker(MM)?

Since the message comes up when you attempt to save to CD or
the computer, I suspect that the problem is not with the CD
specifically.

Perhaps one of the files (music or photos) is in a format that is
not compatible with MM.

Aside from better advice, one possible path to take, if you can't
find a solution to this dilema, is to test with only a fraction of
the photos and/or without music and try to save to the computer
to test different scenarios in an attempt to isolate the culprit.

Saga
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John Inzer replied on 12-Aug-08 06:20 PM
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Also...you may have some compatibility issues
with your source files...have a look at the following
articles:

Movie Maker 2 - Problem Solving -
'Can't Save A Movie'
http://tinyurl.com/yjvztz
or
http://www.papajohn.org/MM2-Issues-CantSaveMovie.html

File type compatibility with Movie Maker
http://tinyurl.com/v8tee
or...
http://www.myvideoproblems.com/Tutorials/MovieMaker/File_type_compatibility.htm

Which file type should I use in Movie Maker?
http://tinyurl.com/6n66g3
or...
http://www.myvideoproblems.com/Tutorials/MovieMaker/WhichFileTypeInMovieMaker.htm

And...I would suggest saving the project in a
movie format .wmv or .avi to your hard drive
and then burn to a disk from there. Save
instructions pasted below...

If you expect this disk to play in a DVD player
you will need DVD Authoring software.

To save as a .wmv movie file...
Type...Ctrl+P to open the Save Movie Wizard /
Choose...My Computer /
Next /
Enter a Name and a Save Location /
Next /
Tick...'Best Quality For My Computer'
Next/
Wait while the movie is saved /
Finish...

Also, you may find it useful to use
a custom profile:

Movie Maker 2 - Saving
Movies - Custom WMV Profiles
http://tinyurl.com/s2vgu
or...
http://www.papajohn.org/MM2-SavingMovies-CustomProfiles.html

Creating Custom Profiles
for Windows Movie Maker 2
http://tinyurl.com/cuny7
or...
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/expert/customprofile.mspx

To save as an .avi movie file...
(and several other options)
Type...Ctrl+P to open the Save Movie Wizard /
Choose...My Computer /
Next /
Enter a Name and a Save Location /
Next /
Show More Choices /
Other Settings /
Open the drop window and choose...DV-AVI /
Next /
Wait while the movie is saved /
Finish...

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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
Kat replied on 12-Aug-08 07:08 PM
I can play the Movie from start to finish with no problems in Windows movie
player so I dont think it's anything to do with the source files.
I want to try to save it to my hard drive so I can then try to save it to
disc but I cant even save it to my hard drive. I try to save it as a wmv file
and the same message comes up.
It might be because of the computer memory size... if this is the case then
is there a way of transferring the file that is saved in windows movie maker
to another computer and trying to save it to disc from there? I have saved
the movie onto my pen drive and tried to open it on windows movie maker on my
home computer but it comes up with red Xs where the pictures should be.

I'm at the point where Im just trying to find any way to save it into the
movie format and then i can go form there.
Gord Dibben replied on 12-Aug-08 07:49 PM
Are you saving the movie or just the project file?


Gord
John Inzer replied on 12-Aug-08 09:56 PM
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Just because you can play the project is no
guarantee that it can be saved in a movie format.

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The .mswmm project file does not include the
source files and when you move it to another location
the path to the source files is broken...that's why
you see the Red Xs. If you right click the Red Xs
and choose Browse you may be able to re-establish
the path but I don't think that is a solution to this issue.

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How much free space is on your hard drive?

Do you do regular maintenance? Disk Cleanup,
Error Checking, Defrag?

Have you tried disconnecting from the net and
closing all programs...especially virus scanners
before opening Movie Maker?

Personally...I still suspect incompatibility of the
source files.

Did you read the following article:

Movie Maker 2 - Problem Solving -
'Can't Save A Movie'
http://tinyurl.com/yjvztz
or
http://www.papajohn.org/MM2-Issues-CantSaveMovie.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
Kat replied on 15-Aug-08 10:44 AM
The project file is saved on my laptop. I am trying to save the movie now so
I can play it away from my laptop and burn it on to disc.
Kat replied on 15-Aug-08 10:48 AM
When I tried to save it last a message appeared at the bottom of my screen
saying "your system is low on visual memory. windos is increasing the size of
your visual memory paging file. during this process memory requests for some
applications may be denied." could this be to do with why it is not saving?