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Windows Movie Maker Crashes When Editing DJI Phantom 4K Video

WMM crashes when editing DJI Phantom video

Does anyone use Windows Movie Maker to edit video ? Everytime I try to open or edit video from Phantom 3 WMM crashes. It works if I open any other videos from phone, PC, security cameras...

Does Windows Movie Maker supportes 4K video?

Both DJI Phantom 3 Pro and DJI Phantom 4 have the capability to record 4K video with either MP4 or MOV format compressed with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Unlike most professional video editing program like Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Microsoft does not upgrade Windows Movie Maker with the capability to handle 4K resolution video. Therefore, before loading DJI Phantom 4K to Windows Movie Maker, you will first need to compress 4K to 1080p.

DJI Phantom 4K to Windows Movie Maker

Best formats for editind DJI Phantom 4K in WMM

As a simple and basic video editing app, the supported editing formats of Windows Movie Maker is also very limited as below:

From above tablet, we can see that Windows Movie Maker only recogizes MP4 or MOV format compressed with MPEG-4 codec, however, the DJI Phantom 4K video are using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. To fix this codec incompatible issue, you will need to perform a codec transocoding process. There's a solution in hand called Pavtube Video Converter, which grants you to compress and convert DJI Phantom 4K video to Windows Movie Maker best favorable editing codec such as WMV or other popular file formats for playing DJI Phantom 4K video on 4K TV, upload to YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook, etc.


Edit DJI Phantom 4K video

Besides transcoding DJI Phantom 4K for Windows Movie Maker, the program can also act as a simple DJI phantom video footage editing app. You can trim or cut video to remove unwanted parts or segments, merge separate video clips into one file, split large files into small parts by file size, length or count, crop the black bars around the video frame, add video/image/transparent text watermark to video, apply special rendering effects to video, etc.

For Mac users, you may be interested in: best 5 free Mac DJI video editing apps

How to Import and Edit DJI Phantom 4K with Windows Movie Maker?

Step 1: Transfer DJI Phantom footage to computer.

You can transfer DJI Phantom footage to computer in 3 different ways: a card reader, a micro sd adapter or Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Load DJI Phantom 4K files into the program.

Start the program on your Mac computer, click "File" > "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to load DJI Phantom 4K files into the program from your Mac local drive.

Step 2: Output Windows Movie Maker supported formats.

Click the pull down menu of "Format", then you will be able to select Windows Movie Maker best favorable editing format by following "HD Video">"WMV HD (*.wmv)".

Step 3: Compress DJI 4K to 1080p.

Step 4: Edit video.

Check an item to active the "Video Editor" function, then click the pencil like icon on the top tool bar to open the "Video Editor" window, you can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply sepcial rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, etc.

Step 4: Start video conversion process.

Click "Convert" button to start to compress and convert DJI Phantom 4K to Windows Movie Maker compatible 1080p WMV formats. Once the conversion is finished, you can click "Open Output Folder" button to get the output files effortlessly, and now you are ready to import and edit any files with Windows Movie Maker. Just import the converted files to Windows Movie Maker for editing via its "Import video" option.

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