I've got some MPG video files that I want to use as source material for building a DVD for my daughter's 18th birthday. They are in two different formats. I have no problems opening these files up in VideoReDo or ULead Movie Factory on my Windows 2000 machine. VideoReDo tells me that their formats are:
type 1: Video is MPEG2, audio is AC3/2ch.
type 2: Video and audio are both MPEG2.
But because I want to use fragments from multiple video files to construct the DVD, I would like to use Windows Movie Maker on my XP Pro SP2 machine to do the editing - it has the right sort of authoring facilities for this task. Trouble is, Movie Maker (version 5.1, build 2600, SP2) won't load any of these files. It says "codec required to play the file is not installed". (But of course it doesn't help me by saying WHICH codec is not installed).
(Incidentally, just in case it's relevant, these files are NOT protected or encrypted. They are home movies captured via two methods: (i) transferred from 8mm videotape to a standalone DVD recorder then ripped using DVD Decrypter - resulting in the files with AC3 audio; and (ii) captured from VHS via a Belkin USB video adaptor using ULead Movie Factory - resulting in the files with MPEG2 audio).
Since Movie Maker won't load either file type, I'm assuming that it's missing the MPEG2 codec, and I guess it could also be missing the AC3 codec. Does any of this make sense? And if it does, is there anywhere I can obtain the necessary codecs in a form that can be installed into Windows XP for use by Movie Maker?
Thanks for any light anyone can shed on this.