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Have shot some MP4 footage with your GoPro Hero camera and when you try to load the footage into Windows Movie Maker, the default video editing software for Windows, you are disappointed to find that the editing software doesn't import MP4 files. The following article will show you why Windows Movie Maker not import GoPro Hero MP4 files and how to fix this problem with ease.

Why Windows Movie Maker not import GoPro MP4 video?

To find answer for this question, we should be clear what Windows Movie Maker supported file formats and the specific compression codec used by GoPro MP4 camera. After searching online, we find that Windows Movie Maker has included native importing support for MP4 files, however, only MP4 files compressed with MPEG-4 compression codec can be loaded into it. In addition, some MPEG4 video files can not be used when you're using Movie Maker on a computer running Windows Vista if the necessary audio and video codecs are not installed.

As for the specific tech information of GoPro Hero camera, we get the information that the GoPro Hero camera records footage in MP4 container format with H.264 compression codec, which is not the native importing codec for Windows Movie Maker.

Related article: Edit 4K video with Windows Movie Maker | Convert Windows Movie Maker to MP4

Fix Windows Movie Maker not edit GoPro MP4 video

To successfully import GoPro Hero MP4 video into Windows Movie Maker, a codec transcoding process is essential. Here, you can get the job easily done with our powerful yet simple to use application - Pavtube Video Converter. The program supports batch conversion mode, so that you can load multiple GoPro Hero MP4 video into the application for conversion at one time. The program is pretty simple to use, you can easily complete the whole conversion with just few clicks. Just load the GoPro MP4 video into the application, choose Windows Movie Maker native compatible editing formats such as WMV format. Then hit the conversion button in the right bottom.

For those people who wish to get better output video and audio quality, you can flexibly adjust output video and audio profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.

Step by Step to Convert GoPro Hero MP4 for Windows Movie Maker Editing

Step 1: Load GoPro Hero MP4 video.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or click the "Add Video" button on the top tool bar to import GoPro Hero MP4 files into the program.

Load GoPro Hero MP4 video

Step 2: Output Windows Movie Maker supported editing formats.

Click the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Windows Movie Maker supported editing formats "WMV HD(*.wmv)" under "HD Video" main category.

Output Windows Movie Maker supported file formats

Step 3: Edit video(optional).

The program can also function as an alternative to Windows Movie Maker to assist you to do some simple video editing work. You can trim video length, crop video black bars, add watermark, apply special rendering effect, remove/replace audio in video, add external subtitle to video, etc.

Edit video with built-in editing tools

Step 4: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the "Convert" button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from GoPro Hero MP4 to Windows Movie Maker supported WMV HD editing formats.

When the conversion is finished, click "Open Output Folder" icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you will have no problem to edit GoPro Hero MP4 video with Windows Movie Maker.

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