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This article lists the file types that are supported by Windows Movie Maker in Windows XP.
Supported formats for importing content
Note The MPEG2 format has several codecs that are not supported by Windows Movie Maker. Even if you have downloaded and installed these codecs on your computer, files in the MPEG2 format may not work in Windows Movie Maker or may cause other problems. Converting the MPEG2 format to another compatible format may work for most MPEG2 files. However, some MPEG2 codecs include copy protection schemes that will prevent you from converting the file.
To download the Windows Media Encoder for free, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmediaFor additional information about codec support in Windows Media Player for Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
291948For additional information about how to show file name extensions, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291948/ )Windows Media Player for Windows XP supported codecs
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/865219/ )How to show or hide file name extensions in Windows Explorer
Supported formats for saving movies