How do I Import MXF files to Windows Movie Maker (WMV)?

MXF (Material eXchange Format) is a container format for professional digital video and audio media defined by a set of SMPTE standards. The video format is created specifically for HD digital camcorders like Canon C300, Canon XF100, Canon XF105, Sony XDCAM series and Panasonic P2 series. Why Windows Movie Maker can't recognize MXF files everytime? What can I do if Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker stops working when importing MXF footage? Here I will give you an easy and fast solution to edit MXF in Windows Movie Maker. 

Edit MXF in Windows Movie Maker

Video Formats Supported by Windows Movie Maker

Audio files: AIFF, AIFC, AIF, AU, SND and WAV

Movie files: MP2, M1V, MPG, MPEG and MPEG1.

Video files: WMV, AVI and ASF

Still images: GIF, JFIF, JPE, JPEG, JPG and BMP

Windows Media files: WMV, WMA, WM and ASF

It means that those videos incompatible cannot be imported to Windows Movie Maker directly and must be converted or re-recorded. Have you found MXF in the supported format list by by Windows Movie Maker? No! It's not supported natively.

How to Import unsupported MXF footage to Windows Movie Maker

In order to make a highlight video out of Canon/Panasonic/Sony recorded MXF video files, we have to convert MXF to Windows Movie Maker compatible format like WMV before importing. Turn to third-party programs or codec for help, you can achieve your goal smoothly. This will help you import the MXF file into WMM correctly and save the rendering time. 

Here we recommend Dimo Video Converter Ultimate which is not only able to convert MXF to Windows Movie Maker WMV format for easy editing in WMM, but also edit all kinds of videos. Therefore, you have two options to edit HD-camera recorded videos. Besides it is compatible with all Canon, Panasonic P2 and Sony camcorders to convert MXF to AVI, convert MXF to MOV, convert MXF to WMV, convert MXF to MP4, convert MXF to MPG, convert MXF to any file format, to iPhone, iPad, TV, YouTube, Facebook, etc. with excellent audio and image quality for using in video editing software and multimedia devices.

System Requirement:

  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista
  • DirectX: 9.0 or above
  • Processor: >1.5GHz Intel or AMD CPU
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 50G or more
  • RAM: 1G or above

Below is the entire process to convert MXF to WMV for Windows Movie Maker using Dimo MXF Video Converter. By running it, there's no need to set the codec yourself: the program has optimized presets for Windows Movie Maker.

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Convert and Import MXF to Windows Movie Maker for Editing

Step 1: Launch Dimo Video Converter Ultimate and then drag your MXF files to the program. If you need to convert multiple clips, you need to add them one by one. 

MXF to Movie Maker Converter

Step 2: For "Select Format" drop-down list, follow "Format > Editor" and choose "Movie Maker". If you want to make changes to the video settings like resolution, bit rate and other settings, click the Settings button beside Format bar. 

WMM supported format settings

Step 3: When everything is ready, click the "Start" button and all the imported MXF video files will be converted to WMV format by this MXF to Movie Maker Converter. 

Step 4: Now you are ready to import converted MXF footage to Windows Movie Maker: 

Depending on your version of Windows Movie Maker, the buttons are slightly different: 

  • Import MXF video to Windows Movie Maker: When the conversion complete, open Windows Movie Maker and click Import or Import Video on the left to import your video to the movie collection and drag and drop to the timeline for editing. 
  • Import MXF video to Windows Live Movie Maker: Start Windows Live Movie Maker and go to Home tab in the ribbon menu and click Add video in the Add panel to locate the converted MXF video. Add file to Windows Live Movie Maker

Note: While importing MXF clips into the program for conversion, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder's P2 card. If you only have some loose .MXF clips, you files will have image only without audio. See MXF file structure on Panasonic's P2 card as below.

P2 MXF Structure

The above screenshot clearly shows .MXF clips are all saved in 'VIDEO' folder, while audio files are all stored in 'AUDIO' folder. When you importing .MXF clips from the correct file structure, Dimo MXF Converter is able to recognize audio tracks from 'AUDIO' folder automatically, which ensures the generated files have both image and sound correctly.


a. To edit MXF video before converting, click the "Edit" button. Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Windows includes all regular video editing tools like Trim, Filp, Effect, Watermark and make 3D from 2D.

b. If you have on your mind creating ISO from Windows Movie Maker file, you might need to use the "Make ISO" function with Dimo VCU. Remember you can only make ISO files three times with the trail version.

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