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As I documented in excruciating detail, I've got lots of ideas for Supernatural vids. So of course my WMM has to go completely uncooperative. If I pull a clip into the storyboard, it won't play so I can't check if it matches the audio, etc. Any suggestions on how to fix WMM (I've tried to delete this copy and download a new one) or on good vid programs? Please? I've got a few deadlines fast approaching that I'd really like to meet. Thanks!

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Are you using the regular 350 MB SPN avi files? I find that they never work in *any* program. The Xvid codec is not your friend.

I use Stoik video converter (free program) to convert all my eps to a more usable format (avi, mpeg4 codec V2 for video and PCM for audio). And that works just great.

Also, WMM sucks, you'd be much better off with a more advanced program (because it can REALLY make a huge difference!). I use Adobe Premiere (which is kinda brain-breaky at first, but once you get used to it it's awesome). It's LUDICROUSLY expensive (like $900!!!) but you can find it to download illegally on any number of file sharing networks ;-). But I've heard that Pinnacle studio is a really good program too (and it's apparently pretty cheap if you're going the legal route).

Thank you so much for responding! I was away for the weekend but when I got back and saw your comment, I got hold of a trial copy of Adobe Premiere and started playing with it (and yes, I use the regular 350 MB files). I've got about a minute of my vid sort of done and hope to finish it this week. I'll muddle through the best I can on my own, but would you mind answering one more question for me? When I'm finally done with the vid, how do I save it as a movie (like wmv) file? I didn't see any way to do that with the menus I saw. Thanks again!

So you actually got the 350MB Xvid files to *work* in Premiere? Craziness! They never ever work for me so I'm stuck rerendering all my eps.

Anyway, to answer your question, when you want to save it go to File>export timeline>movie. Probably the best way to do it would be to export it as an avi file using an uncompressed codec (like Huffy). It'll result in an absolutely HUGE file, then use Stoik (or you can probably even use WMM) to convert it to a smaller wmv. If you want specifics on the settings to use and such let me know and I can give you more detailed info once I'm on my home PC.

Hate to bother you again, but I don't know who else would (a) know how to fix the problem and (b) be willing to do so. I finished the vid and saved it as a movie file, no problem, but all of the clips are jumpy, as if the camera's shaking as it films. Do you know how to fix that?

I have no idea what to do to fix that, I've never run into that problem before. You should post the question on vidding. There's a bunch of vidders on there and I'm sure someone will have experienced that before and will be able to tell you how to fix it. Sorry I couldn't be of more help :-(

Wow, I suck. You go out of your way to help and I don't even say thanks.

Belatedly, thank you very much for all of your help.

Aww, you don't suck :-) Don't worry about it! So did you figure out what the problem was?

Arrrrghhhh! No, and I've tried saving it with all sorts of different settings. Ugh.

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