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How to restore missing transitions and effects in Windows Movie Maker

I use Windows Movie Maker (WMM) to create little movies of my 2-year old daughter so that I can burn them to DVD. The source of the footage is from my digital camcorder that takes Mini DV tapes.

It had been quite a while since I last edited one of these tapes and so was now using my recently upgraded and reinstalled PC. I opened WMM last night to edit the tape only to be confronted with a message that all the transitions and effects were missing. I don't use many of these effects but fade in/out to black is a must.

I searched around on the internet today to try and find a solution and here is one way that got it working for me:

* Open Windows Explorer (Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Windows Explorer)
* Browse to C:\WINDOWS\inf
* Locate moviemk.inf
* Right-click on it and select 'Install'
* Pop your WinXP (service pack 2) disk in let Windows reinstall WMM
* Fire up WMM and be amazed that everything is back to normal!

I'm so pleased that I got it working again so quickly, there are many people out there that seem to have the problem and can't find a fix for it - hopefully by blogging this there will be one more solution to try!

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Anonymous said…
i dont have a winxp sp2 disk, it got it from the automatic updates feature.
Andrew Beacock said…
I would suggest doing a search of your whole system for "moviemk.inf" to see if you have it around.

If not I'm not sure what you can do, I'm not aware of a re-install process when you install programs via Windows Updates.

If you find a solution please let me know!
Anonymous said…
Thanks. I ended up having to point the installer at the service pack 3 files in the windows folder but it worked like a champ.

Anonymous said…
Wwo!!!! thanks for it....
kevin james said…
You help me... thanks