I'm using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7.

I made a screen capture video with a third party app which produces .avi files. Its quality is perfect. Its properties:

  • Resolution: 1280 * 720 (720p)
  • Frame Rate: 15
  • Kbps: ~10.000
  • Video Size: ~23 MB

I imported it to Movie Maker. And without any modification I just exported it with these settings:

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The resulting video was 1.5 MB and of course in .wmv format.

The quality drastically lower.

Than I tried increasing frame rate (till 30), bit rate (til 60.000), resolution (till 1080p). No change!

I don't care about the size (in MB), I want a big high quality video.

I'll add lots of videos and do lots of editing and Windows Movie Maker is a very practical tool for an amateur like me.

So is there a way to get a very high quality video from Movie Maker?

  • Simple answer- no. It is a free, basic, home editor. Get a proper one and you'll be fine:-)
    – Dr Mayhem
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:06

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You can't do much about it. Movie Maker can only export in WMV format - and WMV is created for small video sizes (at the cost of quality).

You will need another software package to export in other formats than WMV. Check out Pinnacle products for alternative - they target amateur producers.

  • I was going to try Pinnacle but a friend suggested to go with Adobe Premier Elements 11. Super easy editing, perfect export, just what I wanted (but...very problematic to install!). I guess "free" has its limits, but at least I learned some basics with Movie Maker... I think Movie Maker is still a very good tool... Thank you for directing me for my search.
    – erichste
    Jan 8, 2013 at 13:11

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