Error on saving the movie file: MOV to WMV

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I have a .mov file which I transferred from my digital camera to my computer. I convert the file using WinFF to .wmv so it can be editable in Windows Movie Maker. When I am done with editing and tried saving my work, I have seen an error message that says "Cannot Complete the Save Movie Wizard. Your movie was not saved successfully. Windows Movie Maker cannot save the movie to the specified location. Verify that the original source files used in your movie are still available, that the saving location is still available, and that there is enough free disk space available, and then try again."

I have 2GB of RAM and 500GB of HDD. I am saving the file in the default location. However, this error is appearing. How can I clear my issue with this? Please help.

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Answered By 5 points N/A #109596

Error on saving the movie file: MOV to WMV


That issue is common, and sometimes the message is not just right. The real reason for the occurrence of that problem is  related to the amount of memory that is needed by your system so as to be able to render the movie, or it could also be the type of source files you're using.

To fix that problem, you will need to temporarily disable the user access control.

  • On your computer go to Control Panel and then click on User Accounts.
  • And then go to Switch UAC On/Off.
  • You will need to clear the checkbox that says "Switch UAC On/Off->UAC"
  • And after that you will restart the computer and check if the issue persists or not.

Once you are done, you will need to enable the user access control again.



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Answered By 10 points N/A #109598

Error on saving the movie file: MOV to WMV


Hi Jaydee,

Here's some steps you could try to fix your queries;


  • Ensure to free space as you can in your Hardrive. This includes Recycle Bin then make sure the Audio files you're using are wma or wav files.


  • If step 1 doesn't work, Go to "Tools > Options > Compatibility" in Movie Maker and click on "Restore All Defaults". Then convert and let see if works. Just note that save your movie as .wmv and DVD-AVI file.


  • If step 2 still not work, Navigate the Folder you used for Temporary storage by Movie Maker. Just go to Tools > Options > General for the path of the folder. Right click on the folder then click Properties on the menu. Go to General Tab on the window. Uncheck the box labelled "Read-only" under "Attributes".


  •  If the 4th step still doesn'c solve the Problem, try importing the .wmv file that having a problem into newMovie Maker project. And see ifyou can save the file as .mov or movie and use it as your original project.

Hope this help.

Best Regards,

Answered By 590495 points N/A #304119

Error on saving the movie file: MOV to WMV


If the file was originally an MOV (.mov) and you converted it to WMV (.wmv) on your computer, there should be no problem loading and editing the WMV file using Windows Movie Maker. But to be able to save the edited video successfully, the source WMV file has to be in the original location. You should not delete or move the file to a different location.

Since you triggered the error, check if the original WMV file is still in the original location when you started the editing. If the file is no longer there, you need to copy the file back to its original location so you can save the file successfully. In case you already deleted the file, you need to convert the MOV file again and create a WMV.

Once you have a new WMV file, copy it back to the original location of the file you are editing and try saving the video again. Also, when saving, check the setting of the video to make sure the output file is not bigger than the available space in your hard drive. Since you are saving in the default folder that means you are saving in “My Documents.”

If this is the case, check the free space of your drive C and make sure it is big enough to store your output file.

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