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AvaGirl is not online. Last active: 2/26/2008 8:22:32 AM AvaGirl
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A Saving Problem
Posted: 04 Jul 2007 05:19 PM
Hello All!

I finished my video a couple days ago and have since been attempting to save it.

I continue to get the message, "Windows Movie Maker cannot save the movie to the specified location. Verify that the original source files used in your movie are still available, that the saving location is still available, and that there is enough free disk space available, and then try again."

I've tried so many things. I've defragged my computer, tried saving the video into parts and tried saving it to different places. I know that the files used in my video are still in their original places and the place I was saving to is still in existence. I have more than enough space to save the file and I've increased the size of my paging file. I've tried saving it so many different ways.

The only thing that I could say might be a problem (although I have no idea how) is that I always get the error at 18%. My video, at one point, stops. Not freezes, just pauses. This point, seems very possibly 18% through my video. The clip used there isn't very different, it's from the same source as is several other clips are.

Sooo... I don't know what else to do. I need help!
Thanks in advance,
~AvaGirl.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 04 Jul 2007 05:39 PM
What's the file format of your source files, especially those near the 18 percent point in your project?

What version of Windows and Movie Maker do you have?

Check out, if you haven't already done so, the next to last item in the "Error Messages" section on desilucy's "Problem Issues" page for some potential causes and fixes.

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 04 Jul 2007 05:48 PM
All my source files are .wmv and my audio file is .wav.

I'm running Windows XP and 2.1 Windows Movie Maker.

I actually haven't seen that.. I was looking toward the error messages and saving help. I'll definitely try that, to see if it helps. Thank you! :)
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 04 Jul 2007 05:49 PM
Nevermind about that last part, I was looking at "Crashes and Hangs" when I said that.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 04 Jul 2007 10:41 PM
It's unclear to me whether you have or haven't tried the potential fixes for this error from desilucy's website. Please clarify what fixes you have tried.

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 05 Jul 2007 03:30 AM
If you are running moviemaker 2.1 this may help...open moviemaker go to tools...options..compatibility tab and there should be alist of the codecs mm is using...hover your mouse over the path file(where it says the codec is stored) and it will give you the full name of the codec...uncheck any that have an ax on the end.. then try and save..
Post back and let us know
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 07 Jul 2007 12:45 PM
Sorry about the late response... was having July 4th fun. :)

neophyte~
I have done the following:

Checked and confirmed that the files used in my video are fine, same with the saving location and disk space.
Defragged the file C, which is where I was saving to.
Increased the size of my paging file.
Attempted saving the video in separate parts.
Attempted saving to a CD.
Attempted saving as "Best quality for Playback on my Computer".
Attempted saving as "Best fit to file Size" at 27, 30, and 35 MB.
Attempted saving as "High Quality Video (Small).

paddy~
I'm trying your idea right now! Hope it works! :)
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 07 Jul 2007 12:51 PM
Unfortunately, paddy, it once again stopped at the dreaded 18%. :P
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 07 Jul 2007 04:33 PM
try a system restore which is what i did. hope it helps x
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 07 Jul 2007 08:26 PM
What's on your timeline at the 18% point in your project? Check to see if the wmv clip and the wav file at that point play normally in Windows Media Player.

If the System Restore doesn't help, some other things you might want to try include:
1. Cleaning out your "Collection" area so that it contains only the files/clips required for your project
2. Saving your movie out as a DV-AVI file
3. Downloading and running Sherlock to see if you have any broken codecs on you system (it's a free download)
4. Remove the the items from the 15% point to the 25% point in your project and see if you can save your movie with this section deleted from the timeline (this is a test for troubleshooting purposes)

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 02:27 PM
Okay, I have some updates...

Both play fine in Windows Media Player, and I tried a system restore which only emptied my "Collections" list and failed to save. XP
Saving as a DV-AVI file did not work either.
I ran the Sherlock, which only found one thing (That I couldn't install) that wasn't related to WMM or my project.

Also...

I found out that I had 81 clips in my video. Out of the 81 clips, Clip #16, #55, #69, and #76 will not save by themselves. The rest will save.
But, I used a different copy of my source file, re-converted it to .wmv and used the same spot (as #16) and replaced it in my video. Then, I tried saving the new clip by itself, and it did not work.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 02:59 PM
You could try saving your movie without Clips 16, 55, 69 and 76 and then import this movie into a new MM project and see if you can split the movie at the appropriate points and insert Clips 16, 55, 69, and 76 and see if you can save it out as a movie. Do Clips 16, 55, 69 and 76 play normally in Windows Media Player?

Can you save the re-converted Clip #16 as a movie when it's the only thing on the timeline?

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 03:06 PM
Okay, I'll try that. I've already saved it without those clips, and it works. But now I'll add the others inbetween and if it works. :)
Yes, they're fine in Media Player.

No, it won't save by itself.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 03:10 PM
It won't work... I think it's the clips... since they won't even save by themselves.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 03:13 PM
If you want to upload Clip 16 to a site such as Rapidshare, I'll download it and see how it does on my system.

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 03:17 PM
I can't save it though.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 03:28 PM
Upload the clip you imported into Movie Maker and tried to use in your movie.

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 03:54 PM
http://rapidshare.com/files/43672551/Avatar_-_The_Last_Airbender_1x18_-_The_Waterbending_Master__640x480_.wmv.html

Clip #76 is from 3:29 to 3:37.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 03:54 PM
The other clips are from another file so I can upload those too, if you want.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 18 Jul 2007 10:31 PM
That clip was encoded with a MPEG-4 codec which Movie Maker doesn't like. Re-encode the file as a wmv file using WMV codecs or re-encode it as an avi file with one of the codecs listed as 'friendly' to MM on PapaJohn's website (see the "Import Source Movie Files > Video > Video Codecs" page).

Two options for re-encoding your file are:

Online file conversion services - If you want to try one, then I'd recommend you try Media Converter as it seems to be one of the better ones for converting video. Desilucy has step-by-step instructions for it under the "Use a Given Converter" item on his "How Do I?" page. If you decide to try it, make sure you convert your files to wmv or avi format. I just checked their website and it's unclear to me whether they can convert a file encoded with the MP43 codec, as this file is.

Standalone conversion program - For this file, I'd try SUPER ©. Desilucy has step-by-step instructions for it under the "Use a Given Converter" item on his "How Do I?" page.

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 21 Jul 2007 11:23 AM
It was "Media Converter" that I had used to originally convert my .avi files to .wmv... and I still have those .avi files. So, I think I should try the second option?
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 21 Jul 2007 11:31 AM
FYI, I was able to convert it using SUPER, so give it a try.

I'll warn you up front that other forum members have reported problems when using SUPER to convert to wmv format. If you run into problems converting to wmv format, then try converting to avi format using a MM 'friendly' codec such as DV Digital Video.

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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 27 Jul 2007 07:38 PM
I wasn't able to save it using SUPER... perhaps you could upload the file that you were able to save to rapidshare so I could download it? And then we could try using SUPER for the other source file.
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 29 Jul 2007 10:42 AM
Any help?
(Sorry for the bump.)
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Re: A Saving Problem
Posted: 30 Jul 2007 11:38 PM
AvaGirl - I've been on vacation and that's why I didn't respond to your previous post before now.

Unfortunately, I didn't save the converted file and will have to download and convert it again. I'm playing catch up on a number of things right now, so it will be a while before I will have the opprotunity to convert it again and upload it to rapidshare.

What settings did you try in SUPER?

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