Friday, June 12, 2009

Windows Movie Maker Have the Wrong Time Length of a Song? How to fix it

If you've ever used Windows Movie Maker, this has probably happened to you. You go to import a song...
and when you import it, it gives you a different time length...
Now as you can see, there is quite a difference in the length of the song between when you locate the file...
...and when you import it...
When I clicked Import Media and located the file, it said the Length was 03:58, however when I actually imported it, it said the Duration or Length was 12:25. The cause of this is that there are different bit rates throughout the song, but Windows Movie Maker automatically assumes it has the same bit rate throughout the entire song based on the highest bit rate in the song. What this does to your movie is slows down or speeds up everything else.

Anyway, you probably don't care about the cause; you just care about the solution, so here goes. What you need to do in order to solve this problem is to keep the bit rate constant throughout the entire song. You will just need one website to keep in your bookmarks. You'll need to find a media converter where you can set advanced options. The one I suggest is the one on http://www.MediaConverter.org/. The thing about this one is the online version is very simple to use, however you may only do five conversions a day. You can search for another converter than can do more than one. For this demo, I'm just going to use the one on http://www.MediaConverter.org/. What you need to do is make sure you know where the song's file is. If you have it in your Windows Media Player library, all you have to do is go to the song, right-click it, and click Open File Location. It will open up the location with the file highlighted. If it's easier, drag it to the desktop temporarily.
Now for converting. On the Media Converter website, it should have a "conversion wizard" that looks like this:
Now click upload a file.
And find the file...
Now click ok in the conversion wizard and go to the next step
Now choose whichever file type the song is (most likely MP3) under Select an output file type and make sure I want to set advanced options is checked.
...and click ok.
Now it will give you more options...
Now under Audio bitrate, choose the bitrate you want. The higher the bitrate, the higher quality the sound, but the more memory it will take up...
Now click ok then start. It will look like this...
As you can see, under Status, the bar fills up. Once converted, it will look like this...
Now click download.
Once downloaded, it should be in Documents > Downloads. If not, on Google Chrome, you can click on the arrow to the right of the file and click Show in folder or in File Explorer, search for the song. For me, it was a lot easier just to drag it onto the desktop.
Now let's try importing the song into Windows Movie Maker.
Click Import Media and then find the file...
and click Import
Now let's compare the lengths...
Here's when you locate the file...
And when it's imported...
When I clicked Import Media and located the file, it said the Length was 03:58, and when I actually imported it, it said the Duration or Length was 03:58. We now have a match.

And I know this blog post made the process seem a lot longer than it actually is. In total, it only took about one to two minutes to convert the song and add it into Windows Movie Maker. It obviously took longer to make all these screen shots and uploads, but it doesn't take much time to actually upload the file, convert, download, and import.

I hope this was helpful to all of you. Thanks!!!

8 comments:

  1. Awesome....I had this problem today and you had the easiest and simplest answerr!!!

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  2. DUDE!!! Thank you!! This has been driving me crazy!!

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  3. thanks a lot. you know you can batch process audio in itunes. but thanks for the fix.

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  4. i cant click advanced options!!!!

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  5. advanced options doesnt exist anymore.. /:

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  6. Garbage. doesn't even work anymore

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