2 Methods to Convert MOV to WMV for Windows Movie Maker

“How can I import MOV file into Windows Movie Maker for further editing?” Why will people tend to edit MOV files? As a video format exclusively designed for Apple devices, MOV is used as default video format of Apple devices. In other words, when someone makes a video with iPhone 4S he will get a MOV file. Moreover, if those Apple users want to upload those MOV files to YouTube, they will need to edit MOV files with powerful tools like Windows Movie Maker at first.

Then why is Windows Movie Maker is chosen as a MOV video editor? Small in storage but powerful in function, Windows Movie Maker has gained wide popularity and good reputation for years. Moreover, Movie Maker is probably the only timeline-based editor one desires to edit MOV file with. However, since Windows Movie Maker fails to support MOV file directly, one needs to figure out a way to convert MOV video to WMV file for Windows Movie Maker.

Different users tend to employ different methods to manage the conversion from MOV to WMV. Some tends to get a free method to convert MOV file for Movie Maker while others may favor methods with simple operation. Therefore, this tutorial will present Apple users two different methods to convert MOV file to WMV video for Windows Movie Maker. One is a free method while the other is a simple method.

Method I: Convert MOV to WMV with Real Player

As a powerful media player, Real Player not only enables users to download YouTube videos with one click, but also convert video files quickly and easily. Therefore, Real Player provides users a free method to manage the conversion from MOV to WMV. To manage the conversion in this way, follow those steps below.

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Step 1: Download and launch Real Player. Open it, click Real Player icon and choose “Open…” option in the drop-down menu of “File“.

Open MOV file

Step 2: While playing, click Convert tab in the interface to enter Convert panel.   

Convert MOV file

Step 3: To convert MOV file to WMV video for Windows Movie Maker, choose “Xbox 360” in the drop-down menu of “Convert to“. Then click “Start” button to start the conversion process.

Convert MOV to WMV

However, there are several defects on doing this. For one thing, the conversion process is time consuming; for another, to conversion happens on the premise that Quick Time is installed.  

Method II: Convert MOV to WMV with Video Converter

A low-budget and simple way to convert MOV file for Windows Movie Maker is to convert MOV to WMV with Video Converter, a powerful video to video editing tool. To manage the conversion with just a few clicks, Windows users can refer to Video Converter while Mac users to Video Converter for Mac. Just follow those steps below.

Step 1: Download and launch Video Converter. Open it and then choose “Add Video Files” option in the drop-down menu of “File” to import the MOV file.

Add MOV video

Step 2: Set the output video. To convert MOV to WMV for Movie Maker, make the output file as WMV video in the drop-down menu of “Profile“.

Set outout as Mov file

Step 3: Start the conversion. After all those steps, click Start button to begin the conversion from Quick Time video to Movie Maker file.

Start conversion

Step 4: Import the converted MOV into Windows Movie Maker. Open Windows Movie Maker and click “Import Video” in the drop-down menu of “Capture Video” to import the WMV file into Windows Movie Maker.

Import WMV to Movie Maker


1. To customize the video size of the converted WMV video, open Video Converter and then click “Settings” button to enter corresponding panel. Then video parameters including video codec, audio codec, video size, etc. are provided for customizing.

2. To attach 3D effects to the converted WMV file, open Video Converter and click “3D Settings” icon to enter 3D Settings panel. Then choose one 3D effects given in the drop-down menu and adjust 3D effects with “3D Depth” bar.

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