Create custom movie settings for Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker has many settings that you can choose to use when publishing your movie. However, you can also create your own custom settings to use when publishing your movie. The settings you choose when publishing a movie determine the quality and size of the final published movie file.

To create a custom setting, you must first install Windows Media Profile Editor, which is installed with Windows Media Encoder 9 Series. You can download and install Windows Media Encoder 9 Series from the Microsoft website.

The following list contains tips for creating valid custom settings by using Windows Media Profile Editor. By following these tips, you can ensure that the custom setting that you create is valid and usable in Windows Movie Maker.

  • Only choose CBR or Quality VBR encoding modes in Windows Media Profile Editor. Windows Movie Maker supports constant bit rate (CBR) or quality-based variable bit rate (Quality VBR) encoding modes only. Therefore, when creating custom settings for Windows Movie Maker, you must choose one of these two encoding modes. Two-pass encoding cannot be used in Windows Movie Maker. For detail information about encoding modes, see Windows Media Profile Editor Help.

  • Make sure that the custom setting contains one audio stream or one audio stream and one video stream. In Windows Movie Maker, a custom setting must contain either one audio stream or one audio stream and one video stream. Custom settings that contain only a video stream with no audio stream cannot be used in Windows Movie Maker.

  • Clear the Script check box in Windows Media Profile Editor. Windows Movie Maker supports audio and video streams only. Other types of streams, such as scripts, are not supported in Windows Movie Maker. To ensure that you can use your custom setting in Windows Movie Maker, make sure that the Script check box is cleared when you save your custom setting in Windows Media Profile Editor.

  • Clear the Same as video input check box in Windows Media Profile Editor. To ensure that you can use your custom setting in Windows Movie Maker, clear the Same as video input check box on the bit rate tab in Windows Media Profile Editor.

  • The audio stream cannot contain more than two audio channels. Custom settings that contain audio streams with more than two channels cannot be used in Windows Movie Maker.

To create your own custom settings, follow the steps in the following procedures.

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To start Windows Media Profile Editor

  • Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, click Windows Media, click Utilities, and then click Windows Media Profile Editor.

To create a custom setting

  1. In Windows Media Profile Editor, click the Name box, and then type a name for your custom setting.

    This setting name appears in the More settings box in Publish Movie.

  2. Select the Audio check box, and then click either CBR or Quality VBR from the drop-down box.

  3. In the Codec box for audio, click Windows Media Audio 9.x.

  4. Select the Video check box, and then click either CBR or Quality VBR from the drop-down box.

  5. In the Codec box for video, click Windows Media Video 9.

    Some codecs might not be supported in Windows Movie Maker.

  6. If necessary, clear the Allow interlace processing and Allow nonsquare pixel output check boxes.

  7. In the Target bit rate area, click Add. In the resulting Bit rate box, type a value for the bit rate followed by K for kilobits or M for megabits, and then click OK.

    The number you enter is the total bit rate. If you are creating a quality-based VBR setting, you will not be prompted to type a bit rate.

  8. On the new tab that displays, click the Video size box, and then enter a display size (width x height) for your video.

To save the custom setting

  1. In Windows Media Profile Editor, click Save and Close.

  2. Click the File name box, and then type a file name.

  3. Navigate to the Documents folder.

  4. Click Save.

To copy the custom setting

To copy the custom setting to the correct Movie Maker folder that appears under Program Files, you need to be logged into Windows as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then click Computer.
  2. In Computer, navigate to the following folder location:

    <SystemDrive>:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared

    where SystemDrive is the drive letter on which Windows Vista is installed.

  3. Click Organize, and then click New Folder.

  4. If a Destination Folder Access Denied dialog displays, click Continue.

  5. In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.

  6. Type Profiles for the folder name, and then press ENTER.

  7. If another Destination Folder Access Denied dialog box displays, click Continue.

  8. In the resulting User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.

  9. In Computer, navigate to your Documents folder where you saved the custom setting, click the custom setting file (which has a .prx file name extension), click Organize, and then click Copy.

  10. Navigate to the following folder: <Drive>:\Program Files\Movie Maker\Shared\Profiles.

  11. Click Organize, and then click Paste.

  12. If another Destination Folder Access Denied dialog box displays, click Continue.

  13. In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.

To publish a movie in Windows Movie Maker by using a custom setting

  1. In Windows Movie Maker, import the video and other content that you want to include in your movie, and then add it to the storyboard/timeline.

  2. Click File, click Publish Movie.

  3. Click This computer, and then click Next.

  4. In the File name box, type a file name.

  5. In the Publish to box, choose where you want to save your movie once it's published, and then click Next.

  6. Click More settings, click the custom setting that you created, and then click Publish.

    If the custom setting does not appear in the More settings box, try creating the setting again by using different settings and by following the tips above for creating valid custom settings for use in Windows Movie Maker. Although the setting you created may be valid, the specific settings might not be supported in Windows Movie Maker.