Getting the dreaded Windows Movie Maker Error?:
"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 received this error so many times in Windows Movie Maker, I wanted to throw my PC out of the window. I checked all over the Internet for a resolution to this aggravating problem to no avail, until I got fed up and decided to find a solution or a workaround myself.
When receiving the error: "Windows Movie Maker cannot save the movie to the specified location...", The problem turns out to be an issue with the video you are trying to create from. An error within the video file itself is keeping Windows Movie Maker from processing the file and therefore you cannot finish your movie file.
The solution or workaround I found was to re-encode the video file you are using in your movie and then make your movie using the re-encoded file. The easiest way I found was to use WinFF.
The following is how I re-encode the video file to make it work in Windows Movie Maker:
- Download and install WinFF
- Open WinFF, click the "Add" button and choose the video file that is giving the problem making your Movie.
- In "Output Details":
for "Convert To..." choose "Microsoft"
for "Device Preset" choose "WMV2 Generic"
for "Output Folder" choose a location different than the location the file is currently.
- Click "Convert" button.
Now you should be able to import this new re-encoded video file into your movie in Windows Movie Maker and make your movie without getting that dreaded error.
Note: With some files you may need to do this twice. If after doing the steps above, the error persists, do the same steps as mentioned above to the new file. Choose a new saving location when re-encoding the new file again.
Thanks for reading and have fun with Windows Movie Maker.