Windows Movie Maker

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  1. artyman

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    I've just been piecing together the clips I shot at a Steam weekend the total time being about 33 mins. I left the PC processing the file as an HD Movie and came back 90 minutes later to find it had failed saying it couldn't find some files, all the clips were loaded so i don't see that as a problem.

    Is there a limit to the size of file it can handle? This is the longest I have done with it. I could split it into two parts I guess but would prefer just one. Any suggestions welcomed.
     
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    Depends - 90 minutes seems like a very long time for it to process 33 minutes of clips. Did you make a note of the "missing" files - you may need to re-install the application or at least find the files and put them in the right place.

    You have used it before. Check that it still works with smaller input.

    Do you have enough memory? - on your computer that is.
    Have you set up a large enough page file system.

    This computer is set up as a home recording studio (XP), hence 2Gb and six hard discs with dynamic pagefiles on five of them (not C). Not as fast on graphics as a games machine but with far greater number crunching ability.
     
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    i think MM will automatically chop the massive movie into "bite size pieces" but it's a very limited app though. i suspect your file is too big for MM to handle. I love using MAGIX MOVIE MAKER PRO...its dead easy to use (easy learning curve) with every effect you could want. good luck though
     
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    Yes , I have run across this before with an external hard drive which came preformatted to suit Windows - data can only be written in blocks up to a certain size ( might be something like 4Gb - I can't remember ) .

    Since video captures can easily exceed this size , if a file is bigger than this it will fail .

    The solution , for me , was to reformat the drive for Mac OS and now I can write video files of any size as long as there is enough space on the disc .

    The one minor drawback is that I can't take the drive into work and plug it into a Windows machine as it won't be readable . I'm not sure if there is a way round this for Windows users , hopefully someone will be along with a more helpful suggestion than 'get a Mac' .
     
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    Indeed FAT32 formatted disks have a filesize limit of 4GB, NTFS is essentially (16TB is very much that :) ) unlimited.

    If you are looking to step up your game - Lightworks is an excellent (and free!) editor.
     
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    There are approx 50 clips totalling 11 Gb, my internal HD is formatted to NTFS so presumably not restricted to 4Gb limit, I'm running Windows 7 32 bit and have plenty of HD space.
     
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    how much ram is there?
     
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