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Movie Maker 2.1

Version 2.1 of Movie Maker was first released as part of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). It's not available as a stand-alone download.

Version 2.1 adds a new tab in the Options window, a list of installed codecs or filters that you can deselect or select to have them work with, or not work with, Movie Maker. It also incorporates a 'pass-through' feature for capturing from an analog source, using a digital camcorder to convert the file to digital video.

Here's a link to Microsoft's website to get Service Pack 3, which includes Movie Maker version 2.1 - Windows Movie Maker 2.1, and one to an article about how to use the new features by Galan Bridgman How to Use the New Features in Movie Maker 2.1

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Newsletter #14 was a special issue about Windows XP SP2 and Movie Maker 2.1. Click the image to read it.

Newsletter 14


Service Pack 2 or 3 is a big upgrade, at least in the number of files being changed, including all of the main files used by Movie Maker.

The upgrade to Movie Maker is minor, with only two significant changes.

• Codec management via a new 3rd page in the Options menu lets you turn off a problem codec without effecting its use by other software.

• 'Pass-though' is a great feature to easily capture your analog video files via your digital camcorder, a feature that had originally been included in MM1. It's back.

With my older Hi8 camcorder and library of tapes, and my new mini-DV camcorder, the 'pass-through' feature is perfect for my needs.

Movie Maker 2.1 Installation

When you install Service Pack 2 or 3, thousands of files are updated in many folders of your computer... and a set of the new files is placed in


Movie Maker 2.1 files will over-write any version 2.0 files in the c:\Program Files\Movie Maker folder... the new files are:

moviemk.exe - 8/4/04 (SP2) or 4/13/08 (SP3) - version 2.1.4026.0 - 3.56 MB in size - the main executable that you open when starting Movie Maker

wmm2ae.dll - 8/4/04 or 4/13/08 - version 2.1.4026.0 - 168 KB (Auto Edit)

wmm2ext.dll - 8/4/04 - 8 KB - version 2.1.4026.0 - (Ext)

wmm2filt.dll - 8/4/04 or 4/13/08 - 402 KB - version 2.1.4026.0 - (Filters)

wmm2fxa.dll - 8/4/04 or 4/13/08 - 502 KB- version 2.1.4026.0 - (FX)

wmm2fxb.dll - 8/4/04 or 4/13/08 - 326 KB- version 2.1.4026.0 - (FX)

wmm2res.dll - 8/4/04 or 4/13/08 - 4.26 MB- version 2.1.4026.0

wmm2eres.dll - 8/4/04 or 4/13/08 - version 2.1.4026.0 - 4 KB (new file - Ext Resources)

wmm2res2.dll - 8/4/04 or 4/13/08 - 6 KB- version 2.1.4026.0 - (new file - implements the new Compatibility tab of the Options window)

filters.xml - 8/10/04 - 8 KB (new file in the Shared subfolder - a list of trusted filters)

The only source of MM2.1 is by installing the full Windows XP SP2 or SP3 pack.

You can have MM1 and MM2.1 in the same folder and run them in parallel, but you can't run versions 2.0 and 2.1 together. Version 2.1 files replace version 2.0 ones.

Reinstalling Movie Maker 2.1...

Reinstalling Movie Maker

The picture shows my files being 'refreshed' as I last checked these steps in Jan 08... the update didn't effect my collections, added 3rd party effects and transitions, and current settings. My system had the i386 folder of setup files, which saved having to find an SP2 setup disc.

If Movie Maker 2.1 wasn't successfully installed...

Don't try fixing it by installing the version 2.0 package over your SP2 or SP3 files. Once you've moved to SP2 or SP3, stay there and work with the MM2.1 version files.

Check the files in the working folder against the list above, and copy any needed ones from the i386 folder.

Dean Rowe, the developer lead in the Microsoft Movie Maker group, posted a blog entry on 1/18/05 about "What can I do if I upgrade to Windows XP SP2 and Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is not installed successfully?" It applies to SP3 also.

Registering DLLs

Sometimes the installation of SP2 (or SP3) doesn't effectively upgrade Movie Maker to version 2.1. If you need to tweak it yourself, here's some more info.

In addition to manually copying the needed files, you may need to register 5 of the DLLs. It can't hurt to re-register them even if they're already registered. There are a few more DLLs in the folder but they can't be manually registered.

Register one by using start > Run > copy/paste one of the entries below. Do them one at a time...

When a DLL is successfully registered your feedback will look like this:

Successful DLL Registration

When all the files are there and the DLL's registered, test Movie Maker 2.1. Here's some issues to check for, indicating one or more of the DLLs are not registered.

These are all clues that you need to register the DLLs... until you get that positive feedback and MM2.1 works normally.

Pan/Zoom Effects for Media Center Edition Systems

MCE systems have a set of 14 pan/zoom effects that isn't in other versions of Windows XP. The program files used for these effects are the WMM2FXPZ.DLL and associated XML file, located in the Movie Maker\MUI\0409\AddOnTFX folder.

Multilingual Setup

The Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Packages for Windows Movie Maker 2.1 provide a localized user interface to users of Multilingual User Interface (MUI) versions of the Windows XP operating system who have installed Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or 3. This allows users to switch the Windows Movie Maker 2.1 menus, dialog boxes, and Help from one language to another.

Windows Movie Maker 2.1 Multilingual Downloads

Movie Maker 2.1 Features

Additional Option Tab to help you manage filters/codecs

Compatibility Tab

"To increase compatibility with other video programs, video filters installed by other video programs can be disabled in Windows Movie Maker. These settings do not affect other video programs that are installed on your computer.

If you are experiencing problems with a specific filter, clear that check box to disable it in Windows Movie Maker."

On my Vista Ultimate desktop system, the list has only one item in it (AVI Deompressor). On my other systems where I've added other sofware, there are many items listed, and the few problem ones unchecked. By default all but one are checked and enabled when MM2 is being used. The InterVideo Audio Decoder ( codec is the only ony unchecked by default.

By using this feature of MM2.1, the problem file is disabled for Movie Maker purposes, but enabled for use by WinDVD. I don't have to unregister or rename the codec anymore for MM2 use and turn it back on to watch a DVD, like you do in MM2.0.

9/4/04 e-mail - ... I recently tried importing some MPEG-2 files from my JVC GR-dv500 to Windows Movie Maker, the newest one in the update.... which... I solved by going into Tools Options Compatibility and unchecking all but MPEG-2 splitter pixila.

Pass-Through for Capturing

The pass-through feature that was in MM1 and missing in MM2.0, has returned in version 2.1. It allows you to capture from an analog source, using your digital camcorder to do the conversion to a digital file.

Here's a link to a Microsoft website with info about Capturing Video in Windows Movie Maker 2.1 by Using DV Pass-Through

Capture Process - Generic Outline

(1) Connect the source analog camcorder, VCR, or other playing device.... to the digital camcorder's input connections. Open the camcorder door if there's one so you can see and hear the video during playback.

(2) Remove any tape in the digital camcorder, connect it to your computer via firewire/iLink and put it in VTR/VCR mode. Open the door so you see the LCD screen and hear the audio during the capture session.

(3) Open MM2's capture wizard and select the digital camcorder source.

(4) Play the analog device, watch it in all 3 places, hear it at the source device and digital camcorder (but not the computer). Start and stop the capture using Movie Maker.

Note, on my Sony TRV80, I have to go into the VCR menu and change the A/V>DV OUT setting from OFF to ON... if I don't, as soon as I plug the firewire cable into the camcorder from the computer, the digital camcorder screen stops showing the analog source file.

Capture Process - Illustrated with Analog Sony Hi8 TRV615 and Digital Sony TRV80 Camcorders

Here's how I setup and use pass-thru with my two Sony camcorders.... playing the tape with the analog camcorder controls, and starting/stopping the captured footage using MM2.1. During capture the display shows on all 3 - the analog and digital camcorder screens, and the MM2.1 capture wizard monitor. The audio is heard on the 2 camcorders and not on the computer.

Setup the Camcorders (in no particular order)

• Put the analog tape to be captured in the analog camcorder.

• Connect the analog camcorder to the digital camcorder using an S-video cable for the video and two RCA cables for the audio.

• If there's a tape in the digital camcorder, remove it, or the process won't work.

• Check the digital camcorder settings to ensure they include: (1) change the A/V setting from outputting in analog format to digital (to change this setting, turn the camcorder on in VCR mode > FN > page 1 > Menu > VCR Set > Exec > A/VtoDV Out > change it from off to on > Exec > Exit, (2) have it show the display on its LCD screen, the default, - with the camcorder on in VCR mode, use the menu > Page 1 > Others (etc) > Display > set it to LCD if it isn't.

• Connect the digital camcorder to the computer via firewire

Capture the Analog Footage (in sequence)

1 - Open MM2.1 and choose File > Capture Video > select the Sony DV Device > select your quality setting, anything from full DV-AVI to a small compressed pocket PC file > you'll see, but not hear, the video in the preview monitor.

2 - Start the analog camcorder in VTR/VCR mode and start playing the tape just before the point you want to start capturing. If you have the LCD doors open on both camcorders, you will see and hear the video on each as you capture...

3 - Control the tape playback with the analog camcorder. Start and stop the capturing with MM2.1. Each start and stop in MM2.1 will result in a video clip in the collection, but there will only be one captured file for all the footage until you press the Finish button. Movie Maker will work with temporary files until you press the finish button, and then make the final captured file with the name you gave it, and in the folder you selected.

Movie Maker 2.1 Fixes and Issues

9/8/04 - Capturing (Firewire) with Win XP SP1 is no problem. I have done it many times, however after installing SP2 the PAL option disappeared from the capturing menu. > (Microsoft) some changes were made in components below MM to enforce more rigorous adherence to the standard. In particular, we found some older DV cameras (The Canon MV20 in particular comes to mind) that have issues. In this case, the output signal mode response is broken (it reports MPEG2TS instead of DV). Since MPEG2TS is a format that MSDV does not support, it default to NTSC/DVSD, causing corrupt capture in MM.

9/4/04 - ... I live and work in Japan... so of course have the Japanese Windows XP.... but alas I don't read Japanese. My one saving grace has been that I am able to download English versions of 90% of the applications I use. I loved MM2. I downloaded the English version, and was instantly hooked. I started making a movie for my wedding which is 3 and 1/2 weeks away. I was sooOOoo close to being finished. Then comes SP2. It AUTOMATICALLY installed the Japanese version of MM2.1 and WMP on my computer. Fortunately I was able to retrieve an English version of WMP, but MM2.1 is only in the SP2 bundle of woe. Toast... unbelievable... and most definitely ouch. Now my slide show/wedding intro video is locked behind a wall of Japanese that will take exactly 7.5 years to translate....

8/24/04 - After installing SP2, I cannot import files, it just says "unspecified error". This includes audio and video files. I have Windows Media Player 10 Beta > (later) I have since found a similar post... Still no luck though. > (later) I think I've found the answer. I deleted all my collections from Windows Movie Maker 2 that I currently had. Now Ive not had any more Unspecified Error messages when importing.

8/23/04 - My movie file, even though it is basically the same compostion project as the original seems to be limited to near 50 MB. The program works fine for about 9 to 11 minutes and then the music continues, but the slides discontinue to flow (either it freezes on the last slide or it goes black) I have tried several attempts since the original and all have the same symptoms and all fall in the range of 48 MB to 51.5 MB I have tried other output formats too, NTSC for example, all high quality, but the same results. > (Microsoft) We've seen other reports of this behaviour especially on timelines with a lot of transitions. The good news is that we made a fix in Windows Movie Maker 2.1 within Windows XP SP2 so this problem is far more unlikely to occur.

8/23/04 - I installed SP2 the other day and now I'm having nothing but problems with MM2. After a very few minutes of work it encounters a problem and closes. Tried to do a system restore to put it back the way it was - to SP1 - and it won't restore.

8/20/04 - Movie Maker 2 shuts down entirely everytime I want to apply an effect or do something else. No messages, no warnings, it's just completely gone everytime! Does this have to do anything with the fact that I'm using an Athlon XP computer instead of Intel Pentium? > This has been a common problem especially wiht nvidia cards. I tried all the suggestions including driver updates and the accelleartion settings. Nothing worked. Today I installed the service pack 2 for xp. Just checked it on a whim and behold I could now use all the effects without it shutting down right away! Try it.

8/19/04 - I have created a slideshow with WMM2 but no matter what I have tried so far I can't get it completely saved to a CD. It will save to a certain frame and then stop although the music continues to play and/or it cannot be viewed on my dvd player. I did manage to save it ONCE and it played on my dvd player but it only saved a portion of the stills and all of the music. > (Microsoft) We've seen other reports of this behaviour especially on timelines with a lot of transitions. Sometimes just trying to save your movie again will work, as it doesn't always repro 100% of the time. If in your case it is consistenly failing then the other suggestion I have is to save your movie as a DV-AVI file first. To do this, when you're on the Movie Settings page choose "Other Settings" and select DV-AVI from the list (if Other Settings isn't visible then click "Show more choices..."). Play back the resultant DV-AVI file to make sure that it's OK. If you ultimately want a DVD, you should be able to import that DV-AVI file into Sonic MyDVD. If you want to save it as a WMV file to save disk space you can also import the DV-AVI file back into MovieMaker, drag it down to the timeline then publish it again as a WMV file with your choice of profile. > Does it matter what cd I use? I have tried cd-r and cd-rw. > (Microsoft) In this particular case it shouldn't matter what CD you use as the problem occurs when MovieMaker is creating the WMV file on the hard disk before it starts to burn it to CD. Note that if you download and install SP2 we did add a fix in MovieMaker so that this problem is far more unlikely to occur.

8/19/04 - After updating to SP2, my WMM will not load. An error message that says "Unspecified Error" pops up then disappears; that is what's left of my WMM. The message does not present any option for more info. I checked the version of the EXE file on the hard drive. It has been upgraded to WMM2, whereas I was still using the original WMM bundled with my Windows XP. What is causing the error when loading WMM2? Is there a fix to this? Is there a way to revert back to the original WMM without removing SP2?

8/11/04 - Is there any MUI (Multilingual User Interface) installation package for Movie Maker v2.0 or v2.1??? because the MUI package for Windows XP only has Localized strings for v1.1.... and after updating to v2.0 or v2.1 which bundled with WinXP SP2, only have English, or the localized version which bundled with localized versions of Windows.... > (Microsoft) MUI will be available in Movie Maker 2.1 when Windows XP Service Pack 2 is released.

8/11/04 - I am trying to capture footage from a sony hi8 camcorder through a belkin capture device (F5u228) hi speed usb 2.0 dvd creator. I am using a composite video cable and an S-video cable. I get a good picture and sound but it is black&white (no colour) can anyone help. > (Microsoft) I've not had a chance to work with this device yet myself. I'll try to get a hold of one and try it. My suggestions would be to: (1) Make sure you have the latest drivers which are available from the Belkin website. (2) We've done some work on USB2 streaming devices in Movie Maker 2.1, which is shipping in Windows XP Service Pack 2, these changes may also improve the experience. Starting August 25, it will be available to the general public.

8/11/04 - Unable to capture via VCR composite analog connection thru coversion to IEEE connection (Dell Movie Studio Plus device) & capture card. The video shows in the preview window, but won't record. I am able to record via Roxio software, how can I make WMM work to capture? > (Microsoft) I don't have access to one of these devices, but MM 2.0 did not work well with IEEE 1394 converters. In Movie Maker 2.1 which ships in Windows XP Service Pack 2, we've done some work on making these converters work better. XP SP2 will be available August 25, I'd suggest installing the service pack and seeing if Movie Maker 2.1 works better with your device.

8/8/04 - email - Either nVidia has improved or SP2 has fixed something! A month or so ago I gave up on my ancient ATI 64mb Radeon VIVO and decided to with something a little more up to date. I went with: ($138)

Had a chance to play around with its analog capture abilities this weekend – using latest drivers from nVidia and RTM’d SP2. It captured with zero problems with:

• Cyberlink’s PowerDirector v2.55 which came with it

• Roxio’s Easy Media Creator v7

• WMM2.1

Using composite video to the nVidia adapter and Line-In to a SoundBlaster Live X-Gamer soundcard. I don’t have an S-Video VCR close enough to the PC and they are a dying breed now, in danger of extinction!

• Power Director tried to do an AVI file which didn’t open and was 5gb in size

• Power Director then captured an MPEG2 file which worked perfectly (on other PC so can’t tell you the size!)

• EMC created an MPEG2 file – worked perfectly

• WMM created a WMV file – worked perfectly at around 700mb which I then saved as DV-AVI at 15gb

The source file was a 1980 (or about then anyway) commercial VHS tape, 85 minutes in length – before macrovision was invented!!!