Fixing the Green Bar Problem in Windows Movie Maker

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Posted on July 04, 2007 2:58 AM in Computers
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I've been working on putting together a video in Windows Movie Maker tonight, and everything was going smoothly. However, when it came time to publish, I noticed that the .wmv file the program output had something wrong with it. Not only was the video vertically squished in such a way that it only took up the upper half of the 320x240 size, but the bottom half was filled with a green bar.

While working with various video formats on Windows Vista, I've gone through my share of video codecs, ranging from Xvid to DivX to the Vista Codec Package. Therefore, I figured one of (if not a combination of) those was to blame. However, I couldn't quite figure out how to fix the problem.

Under the Compatibility tab in the dialog available from Tools, Options in Windows Movie Maker, I tried unchecking various filters in hopes that a certain combination would prove lucky and my problem would go away. However, no matter what combination I tried, I couldn't get rid of the green bar and the vertical displacement.

Luckily enough, as is so often the case, I was able to find a golden nugget of information after some Googling and some forum topic jumping. I eventually found myself at this post:

I have discovered how bad native MPEG4 decoding is under Vista (it seemed to be dropping framerate or something - jerky panning) and found another solution. (re-enable the XviD MPEG-4 Video Decoder again if you turned it off using my previous instruction).

Go to <Start Menu><All Programs><XVid><Configure Decoder>. In the <Output> options, choose <Compatibility Renderer> and click <OK>

This still utilises the XVid MPEG4 codec and resolved the half green screen issue.

Hope this helps.

And it helped indeed. After selecting that option in the Xvid settings, I'm now able to publish with the typical Windows Movie Maker settings and see my video in the correct aspect ratio without the green bar.

Comments

Vivienn Chen on July 05, 2007 at 5:05 PM:

OH my gosh, thank you so much. I have been freaking out about this same problem.

Vista isn't that great afterall.

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Tim on July 08, 2007 at 4:54 AM:

Life Saver!
I was struggling with this for ages but then jumped on google, this page was the first result and it fixed the problem!

Thank you!

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Mae on July 10, 2007 at 2:22 PM:

Help! I tried that and it didn't work for me. Instead it says Window movie maker has stopped working. I don't know what else to do. I'm getting so frustrated
thanks

cheers,
mae

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Vivian Lam on July 14, 2007 at 4:33 PM:

I just wanted to quickly say THANK YOU!

You saved me a lot of headache. Cheers!

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Todd Guerrero on July 16, 2007 at 12:22 PM:

Thank You very much! I've been trying to figure this our for about a month, your posting is very appreciated!

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Frank on July 17, 2007 at 8:00 PM:

Putting together a family video and the wife got all upset when this large green bar showed up in the video of the kids. Thanks for the post! =)

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Joycer on July 24, 2007 at 7:13 PM:

You F#%KING rule

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Zector on July 25, 2007 at 6:51 PM:

Google searched, Green Bar Video.... BAM.
Thanks dude =]

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Brennan on July 29, 2007 at 9:58 AM:

Thanks for posting this. You helped me out!

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Elad on August 02, 2007 at 2:11 AM:

It worked great! Thank you thank you thank you!

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Danielle on August 04, 2007 at 7:11 PM:

You have no idea how much I wish I could hug you right now. Thanks for the help! I've been pissed with that problem for months now!

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Alex on August 05, 2007 at 2:59 PM:

Thanks so much! I would not have any clue what I should do....

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manda on August 06, 2007 at 2:45 PM:

yes woot! thanks a whole bunch!!

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Doug on August 12, 2007 at 3:16 PM:

Awesome. Saved a ton of time. Thanks!!!

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Anthony on August 13, 2007 at 7:39 PM:

Dude...Thank you so much! You saved my life!

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andre on August 16, 2007 at 1:30 PM:

thank you so much!!!

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me on August 18, 2007 at 10:59 AM:

Thanks a million!

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James on August 21, 2007 at 12:14 PM:

Thx A Load You Are A Saviour

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Matt Fisher on August 23, 2007 at 3:28 PM:

thanks soooooooooo much this worked and i thank you so much.

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Sharon on August 25, 2007 at 1:34 AM:

Thanks heaps for that

much appreciated :-)

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Mad on August 26, 2007 at 6:05 AM:

it didnt work and im reeeeeally mad. not at u, but im just mad. someone halp me

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jennifer on August 31, 2007 at 4:24 PM:

ok i had this problem for days i tryed this soultion but i cant find the "" part is there another way to find it cause what im working on has a deadline & i would really like to fix this problem.


please help me(-_-,)

~*~jennifer~*~

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Dana on September 06, 2007 at 3:56 PM:

You are definitely my hero. Thanks so much for this, worked like a charm! :)

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Marner on September 11, 2007 at 11:33 AM:

Spot on m8, burned perfectly first time after I did as you say. Very much appreciated.

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DIEGO on September 18, 2007 at 5:43 PM:

THANK YOU

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OtReBlA on September 21, 2007 at 10:15 PM:

wow thanks it really helped me, the green bar is now gone thanks!!!

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Pat on September 22, 2007 at 1:30 AM:

Hey, I didn't have Xvid installed but still had this problem... all I needed was to install this Vista codec pack, didn't even need a restart, all worked fine... thanks for pointing me in the right direction... Pat

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Advanced-Vista-Codec-Package-Download-55586.html

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Robert on September 23, 2007 at 10:05 PM:

FUCKING RIGHT DOGGY!

This worked like a charm, thank you so much.

I think you just made my day...

...I want your babies ;-)

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TechnoGuy.lk on September 25, 2007 at 1:22 AM:

Hey thanks a lot!

I wasted one entire Dual Layer DVD with this problem, and DL discs are really expensive for people in Asia. I just wanted to try out so I bought to DL discs from abroad during holidays (cheaper than in Sri Lanka).

One was completely ruined because of the green bar problem. Thanks to you, it won't happen again.

Just to let you know, your simple posts can do a world of good for some people.

Thanks again.
TechnoGuy

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Mo Bernales on September 26, 2007 at 6:39 AM:

Your post is the gift that keeps on giving. Now I can edit my kid's soccer games again. You rock.
Thanks,
Mo

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Jamie on October 14, 2007 at 8:42 PM:

Hi, i tried this method, and now it seems everytime i burn a dvd the aspect ratio is wrong. it now has bars on teh sides and its stretched out vertically. any ideas??

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Padraic Murphy on October 18, 2007 at 4:35 AM:

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, .

Just excellent....

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Inkeshaf on October 23, 2007 at 8:55 PM:

it didnt work...

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Amelie di Ricci on October 23, 2007 at 9:06 PM:

thank you so much. you're a WMM life saver. lol

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parker on October 25, 2007 at 2:46 PM:

I can find the XVID settings. I cant find any of the options to go to. I have Windows vista

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mike phillips on October 25, 2007 at 2:47 PM:

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, I had a big headache and now it is gone thnks to yourhelp with this issue. I was truly pulling my hair out till I found this fix. One more thanks and I will go. You rock

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Pk_Myth0 on October 26, 2007 at 5:12 AM:

Brilliant thanks mate!

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Faatimah on October 28, 2007 at 5:25 AM:

Thank you so much! I was freaking out about it and I was going to give up and hand it in like that but then I found this.

Thanks, you have no idea how much I appreciate it

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Camilla on October 30, 2007 at 2:55 PM:

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

it means A LOT!
you have no idea.

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bavalova on November 05, 2007 at 10:02 PM:

You are a life saver!!!!

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Charlie on November 14, 2007 at 10:22 AM:

I love you!!!

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Alex on November 15, 2007 at 1:42 PM:

This works, thank you!

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Becky on November 17, 2007 at 11:23 AM:

I can't thank you enough for this - I had the problem fixed in seconds!

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Diabolical Love on November 18, 2007 at 10:19 PM:

YOU ARE BRILLIANT! I LOVE YOU!!! haha

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Travis on November 28, 2007 at 2:24 AM:

It didnt work....

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Ben on December 02, 2007 at 4:32 PM:

THANKS SO MUCH!

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Sreeram V on December 02, 2007 at 7:18 PM:

Thanks! That helped!

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Perry on December 02, 2007 at 8:30 PM:

WOW, thank you! I owe you a beer or a double of your favorite Scotch.

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Tobiasz Tomczynski on December 06, 2007 at 10:22 AM:

Thank you, it's been pissing me off all night

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KBriscoe on December 07, 2007 at 10:37 AM:

Thank you Thank you Thank You Thank you.....and Merry Christmas

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Anina on December 09, 2007 at 5:36 PM:

Thank you Thank you Thank you! My son has a project due tomorrow and you saved his life tonight.

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François on December 14, 2007 at 2:51 PM:

Thank you so much buddy

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Cesar on December 17, 2007 at 11:38 PM:

wow thank you soooo much.

I was freaking out thinking I just wasted all my time, then I googled it and found this page.

You are a great help.

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martin on December 19, 2007 at 1:24 PM:

Worked like a charm, a million tx

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Steve on December 20, 2007 at 2:33 AM:

Thanks soooo much, guy! Fixed my problem! <3

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Virgil on December 27, 2007 at 1:47 PM:

Wow. Thanks for sharing!

It worked right away!

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Brendan Stephenson on December 30, 2007 at 1:04 AM:

Hey thanx alot i c that it has solved alot of peoples problems. :) very gr8ful. cheers.

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Katie on December 31, 2007 at 11:02 AM:

This explains my exact problem, but when I go to all programs I don't have XVid. What is this and how do I get it to get rid of this dumb green bar!

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Katie on December 31, 2007 at 11:23 AM:

I found XVid and I went through that whole process, but it still didn't work! PLEASE HELP!

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Aragem on January 01, 2008 at 10:07 PM:

Thank you so much. I just recently got Vista and was trying out the WMM, but I had so much trouble with it and when I FINALLY got it to publish, then I get this green bar.

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Elsa G on January 02, 2008 at 7:44 PM:

Thanks so much, it works!

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laurensolo on January 02, 2008 at 11:23 PM:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!
I found NOTHING on the Windows Sites!
I was freaking out! Never could have figured it out myself! KEEP THIS UP FOR EVERYONE!! A GEM!!!

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Jessie on January 05, 2008 at 5:37 AM:

thank you so much xxx

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Mark T on January 07, 2008 at 10:04 AM:

Thank you sooooooooo much.

All is now well.

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Mark T on January 08, 2008 at 6:46 AM:

An update. Selecting Compatibility Renderer certainly masked the issue however the resulting DVD from movie maker had grey bars at the top and bottom of a widescreen movie instead of black.
When I originally got my new comp with Vista pre installed, Movie Maker would not play xvid. I installed 'Vista Codec Package' published by Shark007 and all worked well with no green bar. Later I installed GKnot to convert some stuff to xvid and from then on movie maker started to publish with the green bar. It appears it was because GKnot installed an 'xvid mpeg-4 video codec' which movie maker does not like. I opened movie maker, went to tools/options and the compatibility tab and unchecked the 'xvid mpeg-4 video decoder' from the list and all is now as it should be. I am no expert but I guess it has reverted back to using the one in the original codec package which is compatible.

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Melissa on January 13, 2008 at 9:45 PM:

Thank you thank you thank you.. You just saved my computer from being thrown out the window!!!

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Sarah on January 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM:

THANK YOU SOO MUCH!!
:D

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GMayhem on January 15, 2008 at 11:15 PM:

Thanks man that was very useful

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Jaime on January 16, 2008 at 2:13 PM:

I know you've heard this a million times by now, but THANK YOU!!! I am so glad to finally have this information; I can now breathe easily again. Thank you!

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Syc1 on January 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM:

Thanks it realy helped

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A Desperate Girl. on January 20, 2008 at 6:27 AM:

THANK YOU SO MUCHH!!! This has worked wonders. ;)

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Rick on January 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM:

Well..what can I say...you just made my day.

thx a lot

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wowie on January 24, 2008 at 9:54 PM:

Just Awesome!!!!!
I had enough of trying to mess with screen capture just to get rid of that green screen!!
Thank You Thank you Thank You

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Pat on January 25, 2008 at 3:02 PM:

hardcore thanks. Went from going crazy to completely ok in 3 minutes thanks to you...effin vista

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craig on January 26, 2008 at 6:55 AM:

Thanks so much! was really getting frustrated there

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Dennis on January 27, 2008 at 6:47 PM:

Right on! This worked immediately.

You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

Cheers!

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Poloman on January 27, 2008 at 7:58 PM:

Thank you for all your help!!

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Frank on February 04, 2008 at 2:34 PM:

Im waiting for my movie to publish now...
Lets see if it works.

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Frank on February 04, 2008 at 2:35 PM:

IT WORKS!

Thanks dude I owe you big time.

=)

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Trey on February 06, 2008 at 3:54 PM:

I've seen this mentioned everywhere I've looked because I had the same problem. However, what no one can tell me how to fix is that now that the DVD menu is free from the green bar, the actual video itself looks like widescreen stretched vertically to fit a normal tv. Before the "green bar fix" it didn't do that. I have read several posts on the internet about this problem coming up after the "green bar fix" but no one can tell them how to fix it. My video files are in widescreen and checking "4:3" or "16:9" in the options menu does no good at all. Any way to fix this?

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Nathaniel on February 09, 2008 at 11:53 AM:

My heart felt thanks. I put together a great video, and when I tried to export it anywhere, all I got was the half screen of green! I'm at work right now, but when I get home I'll get this done finally get started on the next video! Again, thanks for posting this!

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Jason on February 11, 2008 at 1:49 PM:

I'm having the same problem as Trey. The green bar problem is fixed . . . but now it doesn't play back in widescreen . . . how do you fix that?

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Mill Lane Productions on February 11, 2008 at 3:51 PM:

OMG!
Thank you so much.
You saved our lives.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MillLaneProductions

Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

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Rhona on February 16, 2008 at 12:40 PM:

OMG!


Thanks SO much for posting this!!!

I was soooooooooo annoyed after spending 6 hours making a fanvid, for that stupid green bar to appear, but you're work has saved mine! =D


*hugs*

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Ash on February 16, 2008 at 9:33 PM:

Thank you so much! This has been driving me nuts for so long.

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Bill on February 20, 2008 at 11:16 AM:

Thank you so much. I love google!!!

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Aldon on February 20, 2008 at 11:02 PM:

OMG! THANK YOU SO MUCH! You've helped me save a few headaches! Thank you!

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tinycruz on February 23, 2008 at 3:31 PM:

thanks very much u are a mega LIFE saer

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Danny on March 02, 2008 at 4:58 PM:

great, thanks!
solved my 8-hours work with a movie as well.

thanx

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Laura P on March 03, 2008 at 12:15 AM:

Yes, once again this blog was a lifesaver! Thanks SO much for sharing the fix. You are aweome.

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Princessza on March 05, 2008 at 1:51 PM:

OMG!!!
THANK YOU SOOOOoooOooooOOoo MUCH!!!!!!

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JeannieWood on March 05, 2008 at 6:12 PM:

Dude, you are so kickin' it up! Golden thx, my man!

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Mike on March 06, 2008 at 9:49 AM:

That was driving me crazy, thank you!!!

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spiffness on March 06, 2008 at 5:17 PM:

O.O thx so much

wooot

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Aloria on March 07, 2008 at 10:57 PM:

My Hero! <3
That mess was about to make me cry, seriously!

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Infamous Malibu on March 09, 2008 at 2:33 PM:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you.

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Paula on March 12, 2008 at 8:46 PM:

there is so much advice out there for this topic ... and it was either too evasive ... or required various extended downloads ... thanks so much! ... problem solved!

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RK on March 13, 2008 at 3:28 PM:

works like a charm.
Thanks a ton.

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Jouni Satopää on March 17, 2008 at 4:14 AM:

Thanks!

I wonder, why this bug is not recovered in any hot-fixes by Microsoft.

I have used Windows Movie Maker in XP environment without problems long time.

Jouni

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luiz Oliveira on March 17, 2008 at 8:55 PM:

Thank you very much, it was a life saver.

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Anita on March 19, 2008 at 7:17 AM:

Thank you!
I made my first you tube vid using Windows movie maker last month, and as you can imagine I was very annoyed about the green bar problem which I tried to fix myself but with no joy.
Thanks again you are an Internet Angel.

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Dave on March 19, 2008 at 6:20 PM:

iI tried to use the method described and now I am having the same problems as some of the others above. DVD Maker stops working. This is the info from the problem report:
Product
Windows DVD Maker

Problem
Stopped working

Date
3/13/2008 9:27 PM

Status
Report Sent

Problem signature
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: DVDMaker.exe
Application Version: 6.0.6000.16386
Application Timestamp: 4549b5b0
Fault Module Name: StackHash_1703
Fault Module Version: 0.0.0.0
Fault Module Timestamp: 00000000
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 02fe05d3
OS Version: 6.0.6000.2.0.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 1703
Additional Information 2: 2264db07e74365624c50317d7b856ae9
Additional Information 3: 1344
Additional Information 4: 875fa2ef9d2bdca96466e8af55d1ae6e

Files that help describe the problem (some files may no longer be available)
Version.txt
AppCompat.txt
minidump.mdmp

Extra information about the problem
Bucket ID: 390260536

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George on March 20, 2008 at 12:19 PM:

Hey Bro,

Thankx a ton. I followed ur instructions and now my Windows Movie Maker is working perfectly fine.

You dont know but u saved me a hell lot of time.

Thankx again

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Lydia on March 20, 2008 at 11:31 PM:

You rock. You really rock.

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Douglas Hopkins on March 21, 2008 at 4:03 PM:

Bernie,

You live up to your motto so directly. You should have $10 for each box of gratitude left here. Lotta stress wiped away. Suggest you contact RCA Small Wonder and negotiate. RCA long ago was top dog; can't call them more than a flea-bitten mutt with one of the most poorly designed, simplistic corporate support web sites I've ever seen. Well, David New York Times Pogue raved on the cam yesterday, so he'll be hearing soon enough of this problem and he'll push some buttons. I contacted the codec site and the response was "Huh? RCA? Who's that?"

Thanks! http://douglashopkins.blogspot.com/

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Tony on March 25, 2008 at 7:29 PM:

That's great help. Too bad Microsoft is not fixing this kind problem even with Vista SP1

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Brad Kendall on March 26, 2008 at 12:04 AM:

You're Awesome

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Will on March 27, 2008 at 4:59 PM:

cheers dude! :)

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Chris on March 27, 2008 at 8:24 PM:

It didn't work. The green is still there. Any advice?

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Danielle on March 29, 2008 at 2:58 AM:

Thanks so much for the tip! You're a lifesaver. <333

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Daniel Keenan on March 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM:

it must be really rearding having folks thaking you dating all the ay back to mid 2007, congrats u saved my bacon making a video for my friend's band !

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Audrey on April 02, 2008 at 9:01 AM:

Count me in as another one of the thankful people that can now upload fan videos to YouTube!! Thanks a million. :o)

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Tony on April 04, 2008 at 8:18 AM:

Star!Thankyou!

Tony

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Vicente on April 04, 2008 at 4:27 PM:

Excellent solution. Google works every time I need help.

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Alexandra B. on April 05, 2008 at 9:52 AM:

OMG! Thank you! I was going to have a heart attack cause I was working on a really awesome video and I saved it then i went to watch it and there was that stupid green bar! I did what you said and then tries to re-publish the video and there was no green bar!!!! Thanks!!!

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Ron on April 08, 2008 at 5:22 AM:

Thank you!!!

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theo on April 10, 2008 at 2:17 PM:

thanx alot it workd and ur a life saver and this workd on both my pc and lap !!!!! I just want to show you my precciacion i dont know how to speel that but what eve

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Jack on April 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM:

Wish I could say the same as these other people, but under my "All Programs" there is no xvid or anything named something similar to that... yet i'm working with a Vista and with Windows Movie Maker too.... any suggestions?

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Jarek on April 12, 2008 at 7:40 PM:

you saved many hours of my time. Thanks.

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Matthew on April 15, 2008 at 7:52 AM:

Thank You very much...you are the best!
I was making movie for my wife and kid. I was going nuts.
Works perfect now they will be happy.
Greetings from England.

Cheers Mate

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Rohan on April 16, 2008 at 3:44 PM:

I still have the Green Bar problem!!! I've tried the Compatibility Renderer thing, to no luck. I tried swapping around a few other options, no luck. I redownloaded xVid and reinstalled it, which gave me a newer looking program, and tried everything all over again...no luck.
Can anyone please help. I've spent forever making this awesome movie, and yet it looks horrible with this green bar across it...

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Alex on April 17, 2008 at 4:02 AM:

Yahoo! I got lucky it worked, no more mr. green!
Thank you :)

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JB on April 19, 2008 at 5:00 PM:

MUCH LOVE!

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Ron on April 19, 2008 at 10:37 PM:

well, your instructions worked for those above. I downloaded the lastest Xvid for windows, installed, clicked the box in OUtput, but that green bar is still there@@!!

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Mandy Rin on April 20, 2008 at 11:20 PM:

Thank you so much! It was my first time editing a video, and I was so dissapointed I could've cried when it came out all 'Green Half-Screen of Doom'. I thought I had done something wrong!

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Tim on April 21, 2008 at 12:01 PM:

i can not thank you enough... you saved my day... THANKS!!!

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NuclearOmega on April 23, 2008 at 4:57 AM:

Dude, you just saved my life! xD

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Richard on April 25, 2008 at 8:31 AM:

Your original post has been helping people for nearly a year now - and think of all the people it has helped that didn't come back to post anything. Add me to the list of those indebted to you. Thanks

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John on April 26, 2008 at 7:01 PM:

Thank you very much for all of your help.

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Paul on April 29, 2008 at 9:39 AM:

Thank you world wide web and people who help others.

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Rob on May 02, 2008 at 12:24 AM:

Tank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

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Ashley on May 04, 2008 at 12:24 PM:

Thank you SO much! Video project's due tomorrow, and I was /completely/ flipping out trying to figure out what was wrong. Thanks again!

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Cruise on May 07, 2008 at 1:45 PM:

So easy, but so hard to find the right answer!! Thanks, worked great!

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Anonym 2k on May 10, 2008 at 11:57 PM:

Thanks a lot, sir!

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Mike on May 12, 2008 at 7:07 PM:

I googled "Windows Media Player Green" and this came right up, and solved my problem exactly. Thanks so much buddy.

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Brandon on May 12, 2008 at 7:40 PM:

Hey, I would like to thank you. It worked like a charm and saved further tears over a stupid vista glitch. Thank you, for helping everyone improve their grades, marriage , jobs, ect. by helping us to not have the green bar on our videos.

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the_nowon on May 13, 2008 at 3:03 PM:

BOOOO YAHHHHH FUCK YEAH THIS TOTALY HELPED THANK YOU

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Tricia on May 15, 2008 at 8:15 PM:

You are a freakin God!!! You have saved my ass for the AMV competition...

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Jeff Ginger on May 17, 2008 at 12:32 AM:

Thanks so much, this really helped me out!

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Josh on May 17, 2008 at 8:48 PM:

OH MY GOSH! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Harry on May 18, 2008 at 2:33 PM:

I spent ages trying to figure this out, and in frustration typed in 'stupid f**king green dvd menu'.

Yours was the first that came up and I'm so glad you helped me :D Thank you!!

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Horst on May 19, 2008 at 12:38 PM:

I am at a loss of words - this works indeed and I want to thank the author very much. Great job!

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Leon maughan on May 20, 2008 at 11:03 AM:

FANTASTIC!

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Dee on May 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM:

Genius! And, I don't think I've ever said that without sarcasm before.
Thank you like you can't imagine.

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djolofman on May 21, 2008 at 9:09 PM:

OMG, I don't know how to thank you. I been killing my self trying to find why this was happening, I worked on it for days, before looking it up and there was your posting. Thanx very much!

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Mark Rimmell on May 22, 2008 at 3:38 AM:

Just want to add my voice to the crowd...

Thank you, without this info it could of been a very long night.

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Amy on May 22, 2008 at 5:19 AM:

Worked like a charm, thank you so much! I really freaked out when I saw that green bar, and I got even more frustrated when I tried everything but couldn't fix it. Thanks again, you've really helped!

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Novi on May 22, 2008 at 9:02 PM:

I cant even find the Xvid on my PC. Probably cause i had to install the K-Lite to make some other software work. If there's anyone that can tell me another way out of this problem in the ffdshow please write me at >
trimcevski@yahoo.com
Regards

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Robert on May 24, 2008 at 12:57 PM:

THANK YOU!

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dost on May 24, 2008 at 2:26 PM:

great solution, saved me a lot of trouble

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zi on May 24, 2008 at 7:50 PM:

woot, worked like a charm. this is great, and so is google XD.

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Arijalmari on May 25, 2008 at 2:28 AM:

Thank You!!!

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mr views on May 25, 2008 at 12:19 PM:

gotta say, i types "windows movie maker half geen" in google and this page came up - it sorted out the problem for me within 1 minute. much thanks - Mr Views

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James Pritchard on May 26, 2008 at 5:03 PM:

To add to the mass of thanks you've received... Thank You! The green bar was driving me crazy and I couldn't find a solution. I read your post and I solved the problem in 30 seconds. Very much appreciated.

James

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Guy on May 29, 2008 at 12:57 AM:

Thanks!!!! works absolutly perfect!!! i was working to a very near deadline, i because of your help, i have compleated it!!!


THANKS

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Andrei on May 30, 2008 at 7:38 AM:

Cheers.

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Katrina on June 01, 2008 at 11:51 AM:

Oh hell yah! Gosh i love you from now on! I was going crazy with that freakin' green bar, i loved green, now im gonna hate it for a while.

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TY on June 05, 2008 at 3:32 AM:

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!

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Darchy on June 06, 2008 at 11:14 AM:

Although this wasn't the case for me, it pointed me in the right direction and found it was an Audio codec causing it to freeze.

Thanks for the help...

-=D=-

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poppy on June 10, 2008 at 5:29 PM:

THANK YOU THANK YOU!
YOU SAVED ME! PROBLEM GONE!
BRILLIANT!
CHEERS!
:)

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Mizu on June 13, 2008 at 7:22 AM:

So I remember I watched this video on youtube and they were like "Oh my God, I don't know how to get rid of this stupid green bar!" And I was so happy it hadn't happened to me... but then it did and I tried like, everything to try and rid myself of it. So I searched it, found one website, that gave me this one. And it worked in a matter of seconds! I'd forgotten I even had Xvid.

Thank you SO SO much. <3

~MH

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qwerty on June 14, 2008 at 6:31 AM:

thank u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

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Katie on June 14, 2008 at 6:55 AM:

Thank you so much! I google searched it, and this site was one of the first to pop up. You just saved me alot of time and hardwork. Thanks a ton!

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Jefferz on June 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM:

OMG!!!! thanks soooooo much!!! now i can put up my vids for youtube!!!!

jefferzzz!!! ^_^

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Maggie on June 15, 2008 at 10:29 PM:

Thank you so much im 10 years old and I cried becaus I could not no why it was doing this.I bless you!!!

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Jeremy on June 16, 2008 at 5:41 AM:

Thanks so much so so much

i r love

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WICKEDMASTER901 on June 18, 2008 at 4:38 PM:

I dont have the divx codecs but I am having the same problem could you please tell me how to do it without the divx codecs? I am downloading the vista codecs right now. I hope that works. but could you email me a reply please. If you wont to you can check out my videos at www.youtube.com and type in wickedmaster901

Thank You,
PLEASE HELP

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Mark on June 23, 2008 at 7:18 PM:

Thanks on the answer to the green bar problem. It fixed the menu part where the green bar was a problem but now I have lost my widescreen viewing of my movies. I am set up at 16 x 9 widescreen but after changing the compatibility render, I now have compacted movies. Make any sense? Any suggestions? Thanks again. Mark

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Clarice on June 23, 2008 at 11:34 PM:

Thanks so much! It took me a few hours looking for Xivd before I relized I didn't have it. I downloaded it and did what you said. It worked fine! Thanks again!

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Holli on June 24, 2008 at 4:20 AM:

Thanks so much for this fix. I was really getting annoyed at the green bar. I'm republishing my video now and hoping this fixes it. :D

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Chattabox on June 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM:

PLEASE HELP! I'm afraid of importing a codec. I'm worried it will interfere with my computer's normal operation.Is it safe? I have Window Movie Maker for Vista and i have the green bar issue. Also, does Xvid operate as a seperate program? Is that why you go to "All Programs"? Or does it operate within Windows Media Player?(P.S I'm not the smartest person. Could you explain this process a little? I'm so sorry for any inconvenience!!!)

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Nathan on June 24, 2008 at 3:23 PM:

I was just clipping a video of my first child in utero and was getting the green bar issue, so I went to my trusty friend GOOGLE and your site was the first hit under "Windows Movie Maker, green bar"

Thanks for this post. Thanks a bunch!

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gareth on June 30, 2008 at 8:27 AM:

thanx so much
iv had the same problem for a while now

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Kristial on June 30, 2008 at 6:24 PM:

THNAK U

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Larissa on July 02, 2008 at 8:15 PM:

Thank you so much!

THANK YOU!

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felicia on July 03, 2008 at 2:54 AM:

i'm having a problem after i publish my video i go to play it in windows media player and every so often the screen will flash green, this also happens after i upload it on youtube. any idea what the problem could be?

-thanks

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Dani Dior on July 03, 2008 at 3:00 PM:

Thanks!!! Its Fixed!!!

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Thanks on July 05, 2008 at 6:22 AM:

OMG It's Dani Dior the pornstar! Hey!

Yea, this totally fixed it.

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skickVin on July 06, 2008 at 11:05 AM:

thank you so much!

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nicked on July 08, 2008 at 7:30 AM:

thanks a lot, it solved my problem too!!!

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Brad on July 08, 2008 at 11:20 PM:

Thanks! Saved me from buying more software to encode stuff.

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Robert W. on July 13, 2008 at 8:09 AM:

Effin Outstanding, bro. I was about to give up on my first AMV, until I came across this golden nugget of information. Fuckin amazing!

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Scott Mckeitch on July 17, 2008 at 3:51 PM:

OMG
i didnt know what the problem was, this post is great
me and my brother have now got stiffys after seeing our South Park video work.
Now i can upload my Jack is Jacob (Lost) vids to youtube
cheers from Scott and brother Crag.
;)

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Anthony on July 17, 2008 at 6:59 PM:

F'ing THANK YOU, WILL YOU MARRY ME!!! IT WORKS, TIME FOR A VICTORY DANCE OVER THAT STUPID GREEN BAR!!!!!!

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Becky on July 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM:

Thank you soooo much! This particular problem has been happening to me for months and it was really annoying, so thank you again! ^^

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Dave on July 20, 2008 at 7:52 PM:

Thank You.

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Dividdy on July 21, 2008 at 10:43 PM:

Heyyy, that worked out great! No more green bar... thx!

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CHayla on July 22, 2008 at 1:58 PM:

Okay, so I tried this, and it didn't work. Now, it won't even let me look at the video I imported to use to create a video. =(

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silver on July 24, 2008 at 12:31 PM:

thank you ! it took me hours to make this movie and then this "green bar" problem!
You save my computer for falling out of my window!

greetings from

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B on July 27, 2008 at 7:43 AM:

Worked! Thanks so much.

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Bjorn on July 31, 2008 at 12:16 PM:

Thank you, I googled these words:
"windows movie maker why is half the screen green"
and found your page.

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D.A.K. Clink on July 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM:

THANK YOU. I was panicing, thinking it was a corrupted clip I used or there was something wrong with the audio - finally, I went to google for help (for where else would you find help but google?) and this was the first result.

It worked, too.

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Jared Strickland on August 01, 2008 at 1:06 AM:

Man What A Life Saver I Couldnt FIgure it Out, One Search ON GOOGLE And I Found This.....THANKSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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James on August 01, 2008 at 5:46 AM:

Thank you I feel dumber than a rock. For someone who has been dealing with computers and programs in an advanced form I have now come to the conclusion that I suck. LOL

thank you my family and friends will be happy to see my Navy life without a bar!

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chris on August 06, 2008 at 6:54 AM:

thank you so much!
i was getting so frustrated!!! i had black parts in my movie, downloaded the codecs and then i got this greenish halfscreen problem. last minute stress.
thanks!
c

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Lauren on August 09, 2008 at 1:26 AM:

O.M.G I love you sooo much! I needed to put a video on a DVD to give to my friends as soon as possible, for a gift, and those green bars just ruined it! And now it's been fixed!
Thank you XD

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Tanisha on August 11, 2008 at 4:07 AM:

ahhh lifeeee saverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i was going crazy i stayed up all night to make my video it finally is fixed omg!!! your awsome!!!!!!!

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Ur next lover on August 11, 2008 at 8:54 AM:

i will lick your bum hole for this.

i love u.

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Becky on August 15, 2008 at 6:40 AM:

Thank you so much... I'v been trying to find out how to lose the green bar for ages, but of course i didnt know wot to call it!! finally found a website that had a link in it to yours.... sooo grateful =) xx

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Wardeathfun on August 15, 2008 at 11:37 PM:

wow...... you rock in so many ways.

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Serena on August 19, 2008 at 8:59 AM:

That solved teh problem.

Thank you very much!!!!

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Luis Jesus Morales Gual on August 24, 2008 at 5:47 AM:

Gracias Me Sirvio Mucho La Ayuda

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Lenz on August 24, 2008 at 11:29 AM:

THANKYOU!!!

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Alex on August 30, 2008 at 7:21 AM:

THANK YOU SOO MUCHH. MASSIVE TIME SAVER!!

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Wagner on August 31, 2008 at 6:14 PM:

THANK YOU! YOU ROCK! HIGH FIVES!

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Darby on September 01, 2008 at 1:12 PM:

Thank You SOOOOO much!This helped me alot!Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!God Bless You!

~Darby

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Trickiedickiedido on September 02, 2008 at 1:57 PM:

To quote family guy, "AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

oh, and thanks :-)

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micah on September 12, 2008 at 8:41 PM:

I tried the things that you had mentioned and to tell you the truth I am not to sure if i didnt completly right, but i am trying to make a highlight film for my football team and i am pretty much at the point of punching my computer but is there anything else you could tell me that i can try or like another site other than Windows Movie Maker. Just anything because this thing is really frustrating me.

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Marc on September 16, 2008 at 12:09 AM:

Found your site in three clicks from google. Took me about ten seconds to resolve.

Thanks for the post,

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Beenjamin on September 17, 2008 at 5:30 PM:

Legend! This had been bugging my happiness all night but thanks to Google and your post all is well.

Cheers

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Valerie on September 19, 2008 at 8:52 PM:

I LOVE YOU *KISS* THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!

I have a question though. Do you also know what to do when the thing won't publish because "some sources are not found"or something??

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Amy on September 23, 2008 at 7:43 PM:

I had the same problem as others that even though I followed the above directions, it STILL wouldn't work. After a couple of hours of searching, I found this suggestion (bless his heart for bringing me out of my nightmare). It worked for me. You don't thing doing is bad in any way is it?

Click :file
then:Publish movie
a box will apear click what you need (usualy this computer)
decide on a name and where you want to save it then
click:next
Three differend options appear click the last optio wich reads
:More settigs and click the dropdown box
click DV-AVI(PAL) .....though I only saw DV-AVI (NTSC) so that's what I used.
then click publish and the green lines are gone

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Amy on September 24, 2008 at 5:47 AM:

Okay, well now I see a problem with my above solution....the file is too big for me to upload to youtube! (It's like 1.8gb for a 9 min movie.) Aggghhhh.......anyone have any advice? Bueller? Bueller?

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Lacy on September 24, 2008 at 6:12 PM:

Oh my gosh.... Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

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Amy on September 25, 2008 at 7:44 AM:

As a follow up to my 2 above posts, I used Windows Media Encoder to convert the avi file to .wmv. It looks great on my computer, but after I tried uploading it to BOTH youtube and google video, it's horribly, horribly blurry. WTF??? This is my 3rd day messing with this and I'm about ready to jump out a window.

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Bernie Zimmermann on September 25, 2008 at 9:14 AM:

Amy, sites like YouTube and Google Video convert your video to Flash format once its on their server. They do this for bandwidth-related reasons, mostly. However, there are some recommendations on ensuring your video looks the best it can once uploaded. This support page, for example, provides some tips on video formats, resolutions, etc.

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Melissa on September 28, 2008 at 10:44 AM:

Clearly, you've heard this a dozen times but I wanted to thank you so much for saving my life. This was the first time I'd used so video clips in WMM and I thought I was going to have to give up on my new little hobby. In five minutes, you solved a problem that I'd been having for three straight days. Thank you so much for posting this!

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Steph on September 30, 2008 at 10:01 PM:

Thankyou so much for this! It's been driving me crazy.

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Frida on October 04, 2008 at 10:06 PM:

ok something went wrong, I did everything it said but when I want back to my WMM I tried to play my video but the whole video is black, the music still works but the published video doesn't is black and so is the original one. What happened? Please help.

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Sam on October 05, 2008 at 7:10 PM:

Thanks dude. You're the best.

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AviSai on October 11, 2008 at 1:05 AM:

Thank you!!! It worked! I was so depressed before I found this information ... I really didn't know what I was going to do ... all those hours spent slaving for a video that I couldn't show or play for anyone ... thank you thank you thank you again!

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Kristof on October 14, 2008 at 3:57 PM:

Thanks you so much.
I was exactly doing the things you discribed in you mission to find the solution to this green screen problem.
But i failed and you prevailed.

Thanks man.

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johnnytheaznboss on October 23, 2008 at 4:17 PM:

YO , THANKXXXXX TO THE 46467967486999999 POWER!!! i started freaking out like WTF so yeh man thank you you are a true boss!

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MeredithDerek on October 24, 2008 at 3:48 AM:

Thank you so much! I just got my Vista, I love meking videos and upload them to youtube, so I got quite angry when there was a green line in half of it, it works perfectly now, thank you!

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Zoey on October 25, 2008 at 2:02 AM:

Thanks soooo much! I have been having troubles with that for a long time! It felt like I was cursed with that green bar! You do not know how thankful I am right now. Again thank you, you are such a lifesaver!

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TomDelonge on October 26, 2008 at 5:19 PM:

omg, thank you. i was mad when my video i put together of my hero had that damn green bar under it. i was getting ready to throw the computer out the window for my dog to have his way with it.

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Lauren on October 29, 2008 at 10:59 PM:

It didn't work.

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Memed on November 01, 2008 at 11:47 PM:

Thank you so much your my hero

My Halloween project was going to be screwed up

You saved me

A billion thank yous!

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Mystic on November 07, 2008 at 9:29 AM:

Hi there. I just needed help, and googled "Green Bar WMM", and this popped up.

At first, I didn't believe it. It couldn't be that simple. But it was. You're truly a lifesaver

:D

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Nichole on November 08, 2008 at 3:27 PM:

Oh, thank you so much for sharing this! I was going crazy trying to figure out why my movies weren't publishing correctly. It was wonderful to find such a simple solution for such an irritating problem.

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numpty-boy on November 11, 2008 at 11:06 AM:

YOU ARE AWESOME :):):)

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Bricuatron on November 11, 2008 at 9:41 PM:

Tipo tu eres dios!!!!!!!!

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Charlie on November 11, 2008 at 11:30 PM:

Hiya, Im still really stuck, I understand the go 2 start and then to all programmes.... but the bit after that I cant c the option, can you only go into that if you have 'vista codec package'? Please someone reply

Charlie

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blah on November 12, 2008 at 7:25 PM:

geeeeeenius

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blah on November 12, 2008 at 7:27 PM:

just search for configure decoder

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Tim Walton on November 15, 2008 at 10:19 AM:

Dude, you are my hero!

Thank you so much, this green bar was killing me!

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BB on November 17, 2008 at 3:51 AM:

OMG OMG OMG...thx so so much. i hav an assignment due. and i was using WM Maker. and when i saw the green bar. i just went mental. haha. ur a life saver. i cant believe how many people wrote on here. u helped alot of people out. you must feel good inside, haha. laterz....BB

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Kels on November 22, 2008 at 8:49 PM:

OMG thank you sooo much!!!! I would hug you if i could right now (okay maybe not but i would say thank you 'til it annoys the hell out of you)

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jonny on November 29, 2008 at 8:53 AM:

thnks alot such n anoying problem and its now sussed! cheers mate, why couldnt microsoft done something about this

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Steve on December 03, 2008 at 1:16 PM:

OH YEAH!!!
So glad I found this page. This problem was driving me slightly nuts.

Thank You

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Michael on December 05, 2008 at 6:47 AM:

You legend! Thank you so much for fixing this problem!

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mike on December 05, 2008 at 8:40 PM:

thanx bro ur the man . i thought id never fix it

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Danielle on December 08, 2008 at 6:23 PM:

Where is xVid? I can't find it anywhere under my "all programs"

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Naliin on December 09, 2008 at 10:33 AM:

Thank you thank you thaaaank you sooooo much xD Life saver :P

@ Danielle->try tapping it in 'search'

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nadia on December 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM:

you rock guy, green bar gone! unfortunately i also have lost my 16;9 option, someone pleeeeeeze help...

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Chris on December 12, 2008 at 12:14 PM:

I owe you a great debt in gratitude my friend.
You made an old man very happy. :)

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Lilly on December 14, 2008 at 3:24 AM:

THANK YOU!

I was doing a vid for a week then published it and it had this problem! Yr a life saver!

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El Mariachi on December 16, 2008 at 4:43 AM:

Thanks so much for posting this - it was driving me insane

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Tiffani on December 19, 2008 at 12:24 PM:

i'm so glad this is a problem that can be fixxed! i love making videos so much but i can only make slideshows because of the green box. but i don't really know enough (pitiful i know) to understand your solution. i went to the start menu, then to all programs, but i can't find anything called XVid. do i have it or is it some different place? please reply, not urgent but i'd really like to fix the problem.

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Brent S on December 20, 2008 at 7:55 PM:

You're a lifesaver. Thank you.

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travis on December 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM:

thanks for taking your time to explain this it helped right away thankyou!

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Xaneth on December 22, 2008 at 5:39 PM:

Mart T. hit it on the head. This didn't work for me, but I found the forum you found and:

"Try going to ToolsOptions...Compatibility. UNcheck the DivX and XVid decoders 'filters'. Then you should be able to import DivX and XVid movies and you won't see the green stuff and squashed movie. That has been my experience."

They're talking about Movie Maker / Tools / Options... Compatability. Works great now, thanks for the point in the right direction.

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addy on December 25, 2008 at 3:08 AM:

wow clearly this problem has been known for at least a year... you'd think Microsoft would have patched it by now... ridiculous...
anyways thank you.. your fix worked great

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DJ Black Sheep on December 25, 2008 at 8:26 AM:

THANKS SO MUCH for this post!!! Saved me hours and hours of searching, fixed the problem within 5 minutes and got my other videos that had that stupid green screen to work! Fantastic post!

DJ Black Sheep

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Rob on December 26, 2008 at 5:05 PM:

THANKS SO MUCH! I've been trying to publish videos for youtube, but this green menace was giving me problems. Thanks for saving my videos!

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G on December 26, 2008 at 10:58 PM:

Works like a charm!!!

With all the fixes Microsoft has, why haven't they fixed this??

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Sinead on December 27, 2008 at 3:46 AM:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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Ross on December 27, 2008 at 10:13 AM:

Thanks a bunch...you helped me too!

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Steve on December 27, 2008 at 11:40 AM:

Just to let you know your advice is still helping folks. The Internet and Google may indeed "rock" but its really people like you who take time to uncover and post solutions to real problems who make the difference. Thanks.

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Mudd McAllister on December 28, 2008 at 7:58 PM:

If you're still having problems follow this link:

http://www.vatofknow.com/archives/112

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Meh on December 29, 2008 at 11:53 AM:

Thanks I hope this helps for my youtube uploads =]

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morgie on January 03, 2009 at 5:29 PM:

OHEMGEE!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!! i really didnt expect it to work since i have horrible luck with this stuff, but it did! you're amazing! thanks again!

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Joel Leiva on January 04, 2009 at 9:57 AM:

you're the king man. a life saver! thanks! i almost cried cause i was getting frustrated trying to fix the video. it took me more than two days to put the video together and then not be able to publish it. trust me i was close to crying man.
THANK YOU!

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louster200 on January 04, 2009 at 10:17 PM:

I LOVE YOU.

<3333

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Carly on January 05, 2009 at 8:10 AM:

I know you've heard this almost a million times but THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! My videos are now fantastic because of you! xx

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Bob O on January 05, 2009 at 2:08 PM:

Noticed this problem only a few hours ago and with the help of this posting downloaded xvid, reconfigered and fixed in seconds. Thanks

Shame on you Microsoft

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Ginto on January 07, 2009 at 6:36 PM:

But what if you dont have Xvid? cause im trying to work with .avi's and i get the green screen problem. should i just download xvid or what?

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J on January 08, 2009 at 9:43 PM:

Please accept my thanks as well...much appreciated.

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mbmusic on January 09, 2009 at 12:27 AM:

I tried everything also your info still no progress ! I hate Vista

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mbmusic on January 09, 2009 at 1:05 AM:

I just figured it out !!! thank you so much this is wonderful ! I had to get this film finished by the weekend now I can ! thanks , MICAH™

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Brent on January 11, 2009 at 9:41 PM:

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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just some dude on January 18, 2009 at 10:35 AM:

FUCK YEAH!!! IM SOOO HAPPY !! TYTYTTYTY I THOUGHT ID LOST MY ENTIRE AMV BUT IT WORKED AND NOW I CAN REPUBLISH IT :D THANKS SOOO MUCH!!!! YOU ROCK!!

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Jim on January 19, 2009 at 7:40 PM:

This blog/comment page has definately helped me! Many thanks to the host and all who have posted. It seems to me, however, that the original solution only caused another problem, as at least a few others here have commented on... My green bar issue was quickly fixed, but when I tried to burn avis to the 16:9 widescreen format DVD using windows DVD burner, the resulting video was compressed horizontally to 4:3, no matter what options I tried setting to keep the original widescreen. I also had that grey bar problem on both sides of the video. FINALLY, as a few of you suggested I installed the Vista codec package from shark007 First, as is suggested I UNinstalled my current xvid BEFORE installing this package. And yeah everything works like a charm... no green OR grey bars AND the original aspect ratio is kept intact! Click here for more info, and download free package! http://shark007.net/

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olive fee on January 20, 2009 at 7:30 AM:

oh god, thank u so much!!!!! i was working on it nearly whole night till i fand your post!

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Darren p on January 21, 2009 at 5:05 AM:

thanks for this!

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Mike on January 26, 2009 at 9:29 PM:

Thanks man. I think I now hate Vista, I should've bought another computer with XP!

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MagicMushroom on January 27, 2009 at 9:14 AM:

This tip does not work for me. All your comments and suggestions to fix this problem doesn't do anything for me. WHY CAN"T I WATCH THE ELECTRIC APRICOT WITHOUT THIS FUCKING GREEN BAR!?!?!

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Sinéad C on January 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM:

I was having the same problem with Vista, couldn't fix it until I found this piece of advice - thank you so much!! No more green bars for me :-)

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Ted on January 28, 2009 at 11:40 AM:

I had the same issue, an no xvid in my program listing. I am running Klite code pack. The xvid Mpeg4 did not exist in my WMM list either. So I unchecked the "DivX Video Decoder 0004" and that did the trick.

_Ted

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phagbag on January 29, 2009 at 2:57 PM:

thanks a lot. :)

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rcubes85 on February 01, 2009 at 12:25 AM:

SWEEET

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Alex on February 01, 2009 at 9:33 AM:

OMG Thank you SO much man!
I made this absolutely SICK video, and when it screwed up like that I was completely heart-broken. Once again, thanks, you're a life-saver.

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DAN was HERE on February 02, 2009 at 1:24 AM:

azzteg!! more power! tnx ;-)

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Jodie R on February 04, 2009 at 8:45 AM:

Thank you so, so much! You are actually a life saver! :D I really appreciate your help. Nice, simple and worked brilliantly:)

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meghan on February 04, 2009 at 7:34 PM:

i fucking love you.

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Lolly on February 07, 2009 at 4:12 AM:

Dude. You are amazing. I know loads of people have already told you this but you are. Thank you so much! ^-^

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Zac on February 07, 2009 at 6:11 PM:

I love you

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andrew on February 09, 2009 at 5:28 AM:

amazing! my green block problem was unpredictable - sometimes it would, sometimes it wouldn't.. but at least this takes the uncertainty out of it! (saving a LOT of time)

thank you so much, andrew

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Chinaboy112 on February 09, 2009 at 11:23 AM:

AMG IT WORKED, i struggled with it for like 15min but i got pissed off lawl, but anyways , BIG THX

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ShiroFeather on February 14, 2009 at 8:43 AM:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! ^ ^ You're so awesome! I've spent hours looking for solutions for computer problems before, you saved me a lot of pain. Thank you so very much!

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Abel on February 14, 2009 at 4:07 PM:

LOL, You would probably beat Obama in a presidential campaign. Look at all the supporters you got :P

I Googled: "Green windows movie maker" and there you are!
Thanks dude!

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Corey on February 16, 2009 at 1:31 PM:

SWEET!!! The first site I looked at fixed the ratio problem. I've been trying to make this video thing work for a month on this Vista Vaio....is it me or does Vista BLOW! Microsoft should fix the issues or burn.

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Gemma.T on February 17, 2009 at 10:02 AM:

THANKS sooooooooooooo much!!! you're a life-saver!!! ^^

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Hubert Szmajda on February 17, 2009 at 7:30 PM:

http://www.bernzilla.com/item.php?id=884

Thanks to you I didn't spent hours to resolve this problem.

I hope all people will post information like yours. (test first and post) You did it and it help me a lot. Thanks to you and to internet..

Hubert

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SamB on February 17, 2009 at 11:39 PM:

WOW! Year 2009 and this list goes on. Thank you buddy, saved my daughter's dance videos!

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Mohh on February 21, 2009 at 8:57 AM:

You are the bomb! Thanks!

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Chess on February 21, 2009 at 10:39 PM:

Add another to the list of people this has helped! Lets leave greenbar to printouts only. :)

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Benn on March 02, 2009 at 1:28 PM:

Thank you so much. You are a saint.

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Jason on March 05, 2009 at 1:20 PM:

Thanks so much!!!!

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Alf on March 05, 2009 at 1:29 PM:

Brilliant...Thank you so much.

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Katherine on March 07, 2009 at 12:09 AM:

Thank you so much, that was so frustrating.

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Johnnie on March 07, 2009 at 5:16 AM:

I have tried all the options you advised but the green bar is still there. I am tearing my hair out, as if i have any.
Please I need your help.

Computer - Processor - Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.40GHz
3.40 GHz
Memory Ram - 3.50 GB

System Type - 32 - bit Operation System

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Kaitlyn on March 09, 2009 at 3:03 PM:

Thank you soooooo much!! I thought I would never fix this problem!! Thanks!!

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Katon-chan on March 09, 2009 at 8:22 PM:

Haha, I had to use HyperCam for a vid to bypass this issue; finally nice to know how to fix it! (even though I don't have XVid) Thanks so much to you and Pat for posting the Codec link. Got here by googling "movie maker publish issue green", and it's possibly the best thing I ever googled. I have so many AMVs to republish now! I can't express my thanks enough!

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Youth_Decay on March 10, 2009 at 8:24 PM:

You are AWESOME! I just made the video of a lifetime, the one that's going to get my boyfriend back! You can imagine my dismay when I previewed to vid just to see some funky green box at the bottom of it! Looked like crap! I was devastated!!!

Googled "ugly green box at bottom of windows movie maker"
Your site came up first,
and you saved me!! Thank you!

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Kieran on March 11, 2009 at 2:21 PM:

Thanks for your help,much appreciated.

Saved me a few hours of messing about.

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Shana on March 11, 2009 at 2:34 PM:

My husband's gonna love you! Or maybe he'll love me for finding this, haha. He had all these cool videos while stationed in Korea and the green bar really bummed him out, I'm excited to tell him. Thank you!

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Jae on March 16, 2009 at 8:24 PM:

Thank you so much. I have been trying to resolve this and didnt know what else to try...I really appreciate this

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weckman on March 19, 2009 at 8:06 PM:

And so let me add myself as number, I don't know, 10.000? to thank You for that simple but ingenious tipp. Long live the web!
Cheers!

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Aerenna on March 23, 2009 at 11:10 AM:

thank you sooooooooo much

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Kati on March 24, 2009 at 10:39 AM:

OMG!

It really helps!

THX!!!!

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Tiffany on March 25, 2009 at 9:28 PM:

Totally fixed the problem. Thank you so much for posting this.

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Steven Lee on March 26, 2009 at 3:31 PM:

Thank you, and I cannot remember the last time I meant that phrase so sincerely.

You are my personal god for the day.

Again, THANK YOU!!

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Hanna on March 27, 2009 at 12:07 PM:

Thanks! I tried everything to get rid of the green bar, but nothing worked until I tried this!

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Catherine Gianopoulos on March 29, 2009 at 6:02 PM:

Thank you!!!!! Holy crap you rock.

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lorraine on March 30, 2009 at 7:23 AM:

Thank you so much......i have been trying forever to fix the green screen..i did download the xvid codec, but that was it never knew how to use it...Thank you!!!!!!!

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Caroline on March 30, 2009 at 10:21 AM:

please help me!! I have a project that is due in like 2 hours for a huge cermoney and I can't figure out how to fix it!!! I don't have a XVid!!! Please please please help me!!!!

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Shannon on April 06, 2009 at 12:02 PM:

Thank you so much! I was starting to get sad over this! Lol. You rock!

God bless,
Shannon

=)

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Clau on April 07, 2009 at 6:59 PM:

thaaaaank yooouuu =)!

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Maria on April 08, 2009 at 3:01 PM:

omg you've saved me a lot of time with my hwk -THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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james snelleksz on April 12, 2009 at 10:32 AM:

m8 omg thanks ever so much for your help

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Tara on April 12, 2009 at 8:00 PM:

THANK YOU! I fliped out when my video came out with that green bar. I have tried all day to get it to go away, only finding one way and that way screwed up my audio file to the point that I wouldn't publish it if you shot me. I remembered a friend telling me about Yahoo! Answers and typed in my question. I found this place and have now solved my problem! Thank you so much!

-- Tara

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jessica on April 14, 2009 at 10:50 AM:

omg THANK YOU!!!!! i had to edit a film for a class project and that green bar was driving me up the wall! this really helped!!!

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sue on April 14, 2009 at 8:23 PM:

I tried this several times with several videos and it still gave me a green bar.

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Bree on April 14, 2009 at 8:35 PM:

Hey...I seem to be having the same problem. But I can't go any further than the XVid thing because I don't have it anywhere. Help?

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nay on April 21, 2009 at 2:50 PM:

be blessed,

i spent the whole day trying to figure wmm out, then finally at the end, when i published, all proud and excited, i had this ugly green screen!
grrr

thank you

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Lola on April 23, 2009 at 10:17 PM:

AWESOME AWESOME!!!! It was so simple!

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Kim on April 27, 2009 at 1:49 AM:

Thank you so much!
Cheers

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j on May 01, 2009 at 11:07 AM:

That works, thanks!

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Weissberv on May 03, 2009 at 4:14 AM:

Thanks, worked like a charm. :D

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Seon young on May 05, 2009 at 5:25 AM:

I'm a Korean girl. I read the link of this page in Korean web site and found it. Your advice worked indeed also in my case. Windows Movie Maker has so many errors that it is difficult to use. In addition, Windows Vista has so strong security system. It really bothers me a lot.

Anyway, I'm really thankful to you. HAND!

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Liam on May 10, 2009 at 6:11 AM:

God Bless You Mate!!!!
x

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marcos on May 12, 2009 at 8:36 AM:

Bless ya Mate!

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tierradeborinquen on May 12, 2009 at 1:13 PM:

You are a LIFE SAVOR!!!

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Duk on May 13, 2009 at 9:28 PM:

Rock! ;o)

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btbowen on May 17, 2009 at 10:21 PM:

wow. perfect. and so simple! I had to put a movie together for a final project for my last year of a BFA and could not figure out how to fix this. thank you so much!

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olcay on May 21, 2009 at 4:56 AM:

omg i did it but it helped the hafl green screen but some of the full green screen wont go away help man i mean it plz!!!

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Antonio on May 24, 2009 at 11:09 PM:

WOW! Thanks!

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Macy on May 25, 2009 at 8:22 PM:

you have saved my spanish video and my grade... thank you

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Nic on May 28, 2009 at 12:15 AM:

Thanks so much!!!! Guess my comment goes along with the other couple thousand or so...

Youtube will love u 4 ever haha

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Dan on May 28, 2009 at 10:49 PM:

my college project is due in 3 hours, I would of failed if it wasnt for this guy! Thank you so much, you dont know how much youve helped!

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Quazu on May 29, 2009 at 3:12 PM:

You are the best! TYVM

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Emi on May 31, 2009 at 3:28 PM:

Thank u so much

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DaveG on May 31, 2009 at 5:55 PM:

Thanks so much, saved my school project <3

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Addie on June 01, 2009 at 4:02 PM:

thank you so much ; this completely saved my term project.

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xmsim on June 01, 2009 at 7:16 PM:

OMG Thnx!!! I lost two hours of my life encoding a movie previously edited by myself... but no more!

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Yevgeniy Lankin on June 01, 2009 at 9:42 PM:

Publishing video, lets see if it works! :)

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Yevgeniy Lankin on June 01, 2009 at 10:39 PM:

It didnt work :(
checked the compatibility render,clicked ok but it didnt work
do i disable all the moviemaker filters? PLZ HELP. tnx :)

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Sergio on June 03, 2009 at 5:23 PM:

Hail, wise man!

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Dylan on June 04, 2009 at 1:39 PM:

I can NOT thank you enough for this.

I was making a movie with some friends for a film festival, and I had this problem. Tomorrow is the entry day! You've saved my metaphorical bacon! Thank you sooooo much.

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iwa on June 05, 2009 at 3:38 AM:

Thank you very very much!!!!!
But I still have one problem with it, movie maker don't really save my project... I mean it create it, but when I click on the project it's not opening, it says : the file was created by a version of Movie Maker that is not supported! What does it mean? How can I solve this problem... Really need help, please! :(

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b_lin on June 07, 2009 at 1:56 PM:

thank you soo much this website fixed the problem thx!

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Sarah on June 13, 2009 at 5:02 AM:

THAAAANK YOUUUU SOOO MUCHHH :DDDD

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VidMaka on June 16, 2009 at 7:46 PM:

U rock the known world! Thx for posting ur knowledge!

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aris@slohost on June 17, 2009 at 1:05 AM:

Hi. I really don't know but why use movieMaker? Aren't there much better free programs then windows embended movieMaker?

There are also:
VideoPad Video Editor 1.0
Free Movie Organizer 1.9
Platform Studio 3.0

I haven't really tested them but they could also work.

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caroline on June 18, 2009 at 3:51 AM:

Thank you thank you thank you.....just made a movie for work and couldn't get rid of those annoying green bands....thank you for making my hours of work not a waste!!!!!!

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Soustruh on June 23, 2009 at 5:05 AM:

Thank you a lot, it worked for me too. :-)

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Jose Santamaria Mendez on June 23, 2009 at 9:06 AM:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

This was the first page that popped up on Google and now I'm sure why. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and May the Almighty God Bless You.

Cheers,

Jose Santamaria Mendez

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Stacy on June 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM:

I am joining in on all the thanks! You saved me from hours of frustration and a new potential hole in the wall!

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John on June 23, 2009 at 11:50 PM:

AHHH, THANK YOU!

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ravi on June 24, 2009 at 3:42 AM:

Thank you so much. You made my day. I published the video over night only to find the green patch first in the morning. Really appreciate your findings.

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matt on June 27, 2009 at 3:29 AM:

thanks a bunch!

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Keith on June 28, 2009 at 5:36 PM:

I still have the green bar when I publish my videos after going to XVID and checking the Compatibility Renderer. I also installed a Vista Codec Pack with no help. No matter what I try I still have the annoying green bar. Any more suggestions for the few of us that still have this problem

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nicole on July 01, 2009 at 1:48 PM:

thank you soooo much(:

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Tri on July 03, 2009 at 10:33 AM:

Ummm so I don't have anything at all to do with XVid on my compter... Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you x

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Maria Ferreira on July 06, 2009 at 2:17 AM:

Thanks a lot. You save my art project!
Good save you.

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Barbie on July 06, 2009 at 8:39 AM:

thank you sooo much

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Antonia on July 07, 2009 at 12:29 PM:

Wish I could be saying thank you but the annoying green bar is still there. I have tried various videos to no avail.
Is there something I should be doing with the Xvid?!

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elf2345 on July 11, 2009 at 12:29 AM:

OMFG man thank you soo much.

i really have been kicking myself over this problem.

thanks heaps man

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tk on July 13, 2009 at 12:01 PM:

it worked! thanks

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Bob Marley on July 13, 2009 at 4:49 PM:

Hmmm, Are you telling me to click Start, All programs then xvid?? I dont have xvid lol

You could of said that i have to download it if i need to?
I tryed to download it but it didn't work, this is stupid lol.

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Liz on July 15, 2009 at 2:43 AM:

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! This worked brilliantly!

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Kerri and Eva on July 15, 2009 at 10:13 PM:

THANKYOU SO MUCH!

you have NO idea how much this has helped... I've spent the last week trying to edit a video -- and after it wouldnt convert, i had to redo it on my friends laptop... and then this stupid thing happens...

GAR hating on wmm.. but anyway..

THANKYOUUUUUU!!!

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Matthew Feringa on July 17, 2009 at 2:11 AM:

Thanks Buddy, you saved me using a heap of bandwidth downloading all the prison break episodes. The damn green bar freaked me out! Anyway cheers and thanks a lot pal

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shanimal on July 21, 2009 at 1:38 PM:

OH MY GOD IT ACTUALLY WORKED!!!!



(yay!)

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Marissa on July 21, 2009 at 8:16 PM:

I still have problems!
I published my video and finally got rid of the green screen! But when i was watching it, the video was too slow! The audio was fine, but the video was so slow that it won't match up with the audio! please! HELP!!!!

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Ricardo Lopez on July 23, 2009 at 6:37 PM:

thank you so much!!!!

God bless u man!

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theo on July 24, 2009 at 11:36 PM:

you are the man! Thank a lot!!

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Nire on July 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM:

OMG Thanks so much for this info! I needed it very much!

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Tony on July 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM:

UGH Agh...I WONT WORK!!

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Simeon on July 29, 2009 at 9:33 PM:

Thanks a billion! Needed to use the Xvid codec on my Vista Laptop, this is great news!

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VoodooMike on August 04, 2009 at 7:26 AM:

Thank you from the very bottom of my befuddled codec-filled vista-hating brain. You've just solved my problem and saved my day.

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robin on August 07, 2009 at 10:44 AM:

THANKS!!! i cant tell you how happy i am!! It worked!!

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John on August 13, 2009 at 12:54 AM:

Hello, I have that green screen but I have no Xvid codecs on my computer so what am I to do now Wonderful ,VISTA SUCKS I couldn't find compatiablity renderer on my computer and I'm running Home Premium downgraded back to Home premium from Ultimate that was a joke after upgrade nothing worked and everything crashed.Had to format and go back to Home P. Why is it that solutioins that work for everyone else don't work for me WTF. Thanks for any help anyone can provide I already checked almost all the forums after 2 months of research and nothing to show for it Microsoft go F yourself. I'm switching to Linux or I'll buy a Mac.

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Miscellaneousisbetter on August 16, 2009 at 7:04 PM:

Thnx!! very useful!!

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Tre on August 18, 2009 at 7:06 PM:

Thank you so much!

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Greg Howard on August 21, 2009 at 3:56 AM:

Hi mate don't usually bother posting comments but you have saved me a huge amount of time and stress! Thank you very, very much. You would think that Vista would have ironed out these issues by now. They say information is gold in this case it certainly was - thanks again!!

Greg Howard

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eMiLy on August 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM:

Thanks soo Much! You saved me!

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Angela on August 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM:

Thank you so much! It worked for me!

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Sarah on August 28, 2009 at 1:46 AM:

Omg m8 I fucking love you!! I've been going crazy over this problem for months, but now it's all fixed!!! THANK YOU!

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Judy on August 29, 2009 at 9:51 PM:

I didn't know just how common this problem was until I read all of these comments. I've been pulling my hair out for months trying to figure out how to correct this half green screen. Your directions worked perfectly. Thank you SO much.

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Alex Carew on August 29, 2009 at 11:30 PM:

Thank you sooooo much, that was really doing my head in. I ended up downloading all kinds and made such a mess of my PC and yet such a simple answer, thanks, much appreciated!!!

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Alex on September 04, 2009 at 10:45 AM:

Thank you so much....this was driving me crazy.

Your a life saver. Thanks for posting.

xx

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Jaz on September 06, 2009 at 4:33 AM:

I do not have xvid but my videos are half green! Do you know why this is? Please help me if you can ! xxx

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John on September 08, 2009 at 6:45 AM:

Thanks alot dude, it worked! I was starting to go mad here, TY ;D

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Jeremy Brisebois on September 14, 2009 at 12:51 PM:

Thank you sooooo much! It really didnt piss me off much longer than 2 mins cause the first thing i did was google it, and your little help thingy here worked.

I PROBABLY would have been pissed right off and thrown the computer out of the window if I had to try n figure it out on my own going thru a million different options on windows movie maker... I would have just snapped. So thank you kind sir for having this help link posted, even tho the problem only troubled me for about 30 seconds. haha!

Success!

Ciao!

Jeremy Gregory Raymond Brisebois

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Megan on September 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM:

Thanks so much :)

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Me on September 17, 2009 at 12:18 AM:

I love u.

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megan on September 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM:

it still wont work for me, can you please email me and help me please i really want to fix this cause im entering a video contest and i cant have that green bar there! please help!!

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jekiri on September 21, 2009 at 5:03 AM:

Just used Windows Movie Maker for the
first time last night and came across this
problem

Thanks for the fix. Excellent!!

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cj on September 21, 2009 at 6:05 PM:

Hah, still a useful tip. Thanks for posting and making it so easy to find with Google!

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Nara on September 21, 2009 at 11:12 PM:

Ok, you officially rock! Haha even over 2 years later, your advice saved me from throwing my PC off the veranda :) Thankyou so much!

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BERT on September 22, 2009 at 7:30 AM:

THANKS MAN!!!

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Matt on September 23, 2009 at 6:36 PM:

THANK YOU SO MUCH

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Merch on September 24, 2009 at 3:47 AM:

Damn, I'm glad I found this page. I was about to go ape shit on this vista piece of crap.

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Vorime on September 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM:

DANKE!

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Ariel on October 01, 2009 at 12:15 PM:

Just adding to the massive list of "thank you" comments. You saved my grade in a class, and a lot of my time.

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Claire on October 01, 2009 at 6:44 PM:

Thankyou SO much, this article is amazing :D

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matthew on October 11, 2009 at 10:16 PM:

dude thanks so much, but now i can't open my project without it not responding............

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Dial on October 13, 2009 at 7:04 PM:

Being an old person, I read all the way through the thread before touching anything.

Then all I did was go to MovieMaker, tools, options, compatibility, and unchecked Xvid Mpeg 4 box, restarted MovieMaker (or the computer if it won't), and was able to publish the movie without the green bar. This, of course, is as suggested in the posts above, but it must be difficult for people to wade through everything and work out what to do first.

Is there anyway you can put that simple fix at the top of the thread?

Thanks for sharing. Has all the good feeling and karma sent your way improved your life in any way since you first posted the solution?

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jacksonville12 on October 14, 2009 at 4:16 AM:

Make sure when u download Xvid that you also "install" it! Otherwise it won't show on your list of programs. You can then do the following:


Go to . In the options, choose and click

It works!

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Callum on October 16, 2009 at 12:32 PM:

This is amazing, im so happy now i found out how to do it after 2 hours searching on net :)

Thanks man!

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Moviemaker dude.. on October 24, 2009 at 5:25 PM:

Thank you soooooo much!!

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DrCJBoduma on October 26, 2009 at 5:40 AM:

Thanks for taking the time to write this up. Worked a treat.

Judging from the massive list above me, I'm not alone

Thanks

DrCJBoduma

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Mike on November 01, 2009 at 5:06 PM:

Just to say I didn't get a full fix from this method although it definately saved me a lot of time and I am grateful, if anyone else was in my position this is what I had to do.

1) Ensure Xvid codec is installed (current version is 1.2.2) it will be in your programs list via control panel. You can google xvid to get it free.

2) Choose the combatability renderer option as discribed above.

3) in Movie Maker | Tools | Options | Compatability | then clear all markers except xvid, I had to reset to defaults before it showed up... Now it has disappeared again and it is replaced with a marker for AVi Decompressor system32/quartz.dll - I can't shed any more light on why or what there I am afraid, but it worked for me.

The quality was good HD output.

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Pachirisu on November 04, 2009 at 12:13 PM:

Lol, never had this problem on my notebook with vista, but my desktop, also running under vista fucked up my video with that frustrating green bar :O!
But it's fixed now :), really TY :D

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Justin on November 05, 2009 at 4:54 AM:

I'm adding this to the LONG list, but thank you for this information. it's 5am and my project is due in a few hours. life saver.

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kim on November 08, 2009 at 2:58 PM:

Thanks for the info, it worked. and the blue text warned me it might be outdated....guess not :)

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Steve on November 11, 2009 at 12:35 PM:

thankyou very much that helped out a lot now i can make my videos

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Kerry on November 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM:

this site was a godsend, I managed to get rid of the green bar on my video, but it seems that my video has now gone smaller when I play it back, any ideas on how I can fix that problem please.

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Chris on November 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM:

thank you. i wouldve faild my class if it wasnt for you.

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Blaster on November 13, 2009 at 9:49 PM:

you just helped upload a video to youtube ;>

thankyou so much T-T

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harry on November 15, 2009 at 8:33 AM:

well, a much easier way to do this, on windows movie maker, go to then , and then go to the parthest option to the left, and uncheck and when you publish the video it works just fine, the green thing is gone. this worked for my camcorder, made by insignia, though.

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VoxAppeal on November 17, 2009 at 4:51 AM:

@ Pat on September 22, 2007 at 1:30 AM:
Didn't work for me, so I downloaded the vista codecpack. Now I get "Uninstall ALL codec related installations before installing this comprehensive package."!

All codec "related" insts!? How vague is that! & where do I find them all? I must have a 100-odd video apps - players, editors, converters, subtitlers etc. No way am I going to uninstall them all!

Tried unchecking Xvid in Tools/options. Didn't work either.

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Mike on November 17, 2009 at 4:05 PM:

Thank you.

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Mark M on November 18, 2009 at 1:27 PM:

Your a God!

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Winston G on November 19, 2009 at 6:11 PM:

2 years later and you are still getting thank you's. Well here is another one. you are the man. thanks a lot, i have been trying to figure it out for months. Now I can contiune editiing my large porn collection :)
Thanks a lot man.......God bless

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jointhemasters on November 19, 2009 at 11:46 PM:

thanks a lot!!! this really helped me. you can check out the videos that it helped put on youtube by searching my username on it. (videogame reviews and such) once again thanks a ton!!!

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Song of the Day on November 20, 2009 at 3:32 PM:

OK, I'm happy for everyone else who got the "green monster" problem solved by following Bernie's technique.

For me, though, I'm still stuck with the problem because when I try to do this: "Go to . In the options, choose and click ", there is no "XVid" listed under "All Programs" on my computer. (I'm running WMM in Vista Home Premium.)

Urrrrggggghhhh.... I don't know what to do and feel real left out of all the above happiness. Any other suggestions, anybody???

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Song of the Day on November 20, 2009 at 3:42 PM:

EDIT/CORRECTION of my just prior post:

My copy/paste of Bernie's quote should have read "Go to Start Menu --> All Programs --> XVid --> Configure Decoder. In the Output options, choose Compatibility Renderer and click OK."

Leaving in his < > brackets caused his bracketed words to be deleted when I pasted the quote! Sorry for any confusion.

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PS on November 26, 2009 at 9:55 AM:

Thank you so much, you saved my life....... had to download Xvid but after that it was sorted.

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LiLi on November 27, 2009 at 10:12 AM:

Thanks a million! U saved my life :)

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Rooren on November 28, 2009 at 3:54 AM:

Thanks you very much!
In fact, this hadn't happened to me all the time when publishing movies. Most of my movies went okay, when I only used pictures. However, once I started using videos things went rapidly downhill.
Again, this was the first link on Google, thanks very much!

Rooren

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jamie on November 28, 2009 at 4:32 PM:

you just saved my education.
i had to make a horror film, but had the same problem.
THANK YOU :)

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Dave on December 03, 2009 at 5:12 AM:

Wow, 2 years worth of thank you comments. Though im not suprised as this has been doing my head in for ages!

Im currently trying method 1 as written above with downloading the xvid codec so hopefully that will work.

If not, ill be trying the tools settings like written above,

I just hope ONE method works for me as ive been making a video review for the last 3 days and havent been able to work out why the bottom half kept publishing in green!

Thank you :)

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Graham on December 10, 2009 at 5:56 AM:

what if you don't have xvid?

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mr on December 10, 2009 at 6:17 PM:

thanks!!!!!!!

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Igor Hansen on December 11, 2009 at 2:49 AM:

you just saved my marriage, thank you!

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General Geers on December 14, 2009 at 3:29 AM:

When I do it and go to publish my movie it gets to the loading bar and then just crashes. I really need help for this or a way to make a Vista Movie Maker project work on XP.

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peter on December 14, 2009 at 10:09 PM:

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FAILED IN ALL INSTRUCTIONS
(you cant change the compatibility in WMM and you cant change the configure decoder in Xvid)
I found something interesting that may help, though you will need to download a converter from mp4 to avi. (with a simple search on maybe download.com
My discoery was....I was able to publish a movie with an AVI file and not MP4 .. and it came out with no green bar
Probably b/c quicktime = mac
and WMM = Windows...
AVIs come out with no green bar at the bottom.

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Susan on December 15, 2009 at 7:39 PM:

You're the best! This was driving me nuts - and I've used movie maker a LOT...and this is the first time it's happened!

You Rock!

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Dilip on December 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM:

Aneasier way to fix this problem is to go to Tools > Options > Advanced and disable either of the DivX codecs

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iain on December 20, 2009 at 7:54 AM:

I click on configure decoder and an error comes up saying "error loading xvid.ax the specified model cannot be found"

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Sgt, Pepper on December 21, 2009 at 6:56 PM:

This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you very much!

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Rokksie on December 21, 2009 at 11:35 PM:

Thank you!!!!!! 2 years later and this is EXACTLY what I needed.. Worked perfectly!!! Thank you for saving me my sanity!!!!! LOL!!!

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Adam on December 22, 2009 at 11:37 AM:

So I split a move in half. Publish the first half and it comes out great. Do the exact same thing that i did the first time with the second half..... WHAT IS THIS GREEN BLOB!??!!

4 attempts later I start google'ing.

20 minutes later... I LOVE YOU!!!!

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Alisa on December 22, 2009 at 6:10 PM:

I literally spent all day working on a vid for christmas and almost burst into tears when I saw that green bar!

Unfortunately, I do not have Xvid...so I downloaded it, and that didn't work. I downloaded the Vista codec and that did nothing either.

But, I found a way.

When you go to publish your movie, it gives you the option of settings go down to MORE SETTINGS and select DV-AVI (NTSC) Your movie will be saved as an .avi...and won't have that green bar!

Still, I have to continue with this chain of thank you's for getting me to thinking like that!

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Alan on December 23, 2009 at 3:31 AM:

I Love you!!!

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Otabek on December 23, 2009 at 9:33 PM:

Thank you very much! I am so happy now :)

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Selwyn on December 28, 2009 at 2:38 AM:

Thank you sooooooooooooooo much, I've been banging my head against a wall for hours over this. You are a life saver !

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Heidi on December 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! What can I say...except my hair got a little thinner until I stumbled upon this. It worked like a charm!!!!

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Andrea on December 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM:

OMG, I have been FREAKING OUT and actually CRYING about this problem for months now!! I finally decided to Google it today. And I am SO GLAD I did! I have DivX and Windows Vista so I saw that the way the guy said he did it with Xvid would not work for me. I started to freak out AGAIN thinking there would never be a way for me to fix the green bar. But then, thank God, I found a post by the name of Pat that said he/she had download a Windows Vista Codec Package by the name of Shark007. So, I downloaded it and IT WORKED!! I am SO happy now to be able to work on my beloved videos again. I am FOREVER grateful to this website for pointing me in the right direction!! :)
BTW, here is the link to the website if you can't find it in the posts: http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Advanced-Vista-Codec-Package-Download-55586.html

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Lydia on January 01, 2010 at 3:20 AM:

You're so awesome! I've been tearing my hair out the past couple of days trying to upload a video to YouTube without that fucking green bar. Thanks for the tip!

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jimmy on January 01, 2010 at 8:43 AM:

thank you thank you thank you
i can't say it enough times

you have help me with the biggest problem i've had with movie maker

thanks again man

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ashton on January 01, 2010 at 3:08 PM:

when i do what you say, it still doesnt make a difference! help!

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cv on January 03, 2010 at 9:35 PM:

worked perfectly! thanks

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miro on January 06, 2010 at 11:12 AM:

I have spent two days converting file formats for nothing. With your help I did it vright in 5 minutes.

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grateful on January 13, 2010 at 11:36 PM:

omigosh... I feel like I should say something after ur help...
thank you soooooooooooooooo much... i was about to cry out of frustation when after all work.. it ended up to that and I am not a computer person either...

THANKS A LOT

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Hannah on January 14, 2010 at 3:14 AM:

Despite many users already stating their thanks, I WOULD LOVE TO SAY THANK YOU to you too. This was the first hit on google and rightly so. Simple and concise. No more ugly green bar yay! Thanks!!!!

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Sean on January 15, 2010 at 11:07 PM:

YES DUDE THANK YOU!!!!! ive been gettin so pissed off my videos kept coming out like this but now its FIXED. YOUR AMAZING!!

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Iraqi Turkmen on January 16, 2010 at 7:51 AM:

Thanks alot man ...you were big help!

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Corry Shores on January 23, 2010 at 1:59 AM:

Thanks, I appreciate your help.

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morethanwords on January 25, 2010 at 10:20 PM:

thank you thank you! im like the millionth person that says that...but really thank you so much! ;)

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Nil on January 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM:

you d man (or woman)

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James on February 05, 2010 at 7:43 PM:

Thank you so much.
You're a very big help!

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Ananay Arora on February 08, 2010 at 3:45 AM:

thank you soo much you r the best man ever !!! this was my companies final project which was spoiled but u fixed it

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Sho-chan on February 08, 2010 at 2:10 PM:

Thank you SO MUCH! I'm so glad this was the first thing on the page when i searched for windows movie maker problems. Youre a lifesaver! You saved a lot of people a lot of trouble.

Thank youuu

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daniel on February 09, 2010 at 12:50 PM:

I fucking love you man! Ive had this problem for ages and finally my videos will publish properly. thank you so much. your the best!!!

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Martin on February 09, 2010 at 6:40 PM:

thank you thank you THANK YOU! You resolved my problem. You have my gratitude.

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Sven on February 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM:

It Still works, thanks even on my Dutch PC, now i cane make a good demo for my web site soon online.
Tanks

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Gary on February 15, 2010 at 6:39 PM:

Fantastic advice! I don't have an 'XVid' link on all programs like some of the others but it fixed by opening Movie Maker and clicking on 'Tools' - 'options' - compatibility' - and unchecking the 2 items with decoder in them (DivX decoder filter' and 'DivX H.264 Decoder') then clicked ok.

Just published the project and it is now fine.

Well done chaps :-D

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a,ex on February 16, 2010 at 10:17 AM:

i have 3vix video decoder and i cant fix the problem! HELP! SOMEONE! its driving me CRAZY!

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Maria on February 18, 2010 at 11:28 PM:

i am sooo frustrated! i dont have an XVid box to uncheck!!! i dont know what to do and this green bar is pissing me off...

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shlomi israel on February 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM:

Works for me. Vista sucks b.t.w.

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randy on February 20, 2010 at 10:21 PM:

omg thank you thank you thank you
you have no idea how much you saved me.. i have been working on a slideshow/highlight reel using windows movie maker for the past two months and for the poast week we have been trying to burn the dvd. it is due tomarro for a banquet on friday and we tried everything but googling the issue. this really did save me an ass wooping from a 6fr 5 football coach and prevernted about 300 disapointed athletes and family members. so many people were looking foward to this movie and i couldnt get rid of the green screen.



i owe you my superbowl ring i am getting this friday andf much more
can i please send you money.

i love you

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PLEASE on February 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM:

IT doesnt work, I have done it but the screen bar still remain there!! please please help me!!

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Aarhon on March 01, 2010 at 7:21 AM:

I has loads of decoders, I unticked them all and it worked :D, Thank You!!!

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Ethan on March 08, 2010 at 10:10 AM:

i don't have xvid installed so i can't do this but the green bar still shows up should i install it?

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Michael on March 08, 2010 at 10:44 PM:

Thank you so much. It worked perfectly.

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bobobo878 on March 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM:

tyvm

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shelly myers on March 19, 2010 at 2:24 PM:

thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you this work so well

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Camron Chennault on March 20, 2010 at 10:29 PM:

thank u so much ive been having this problem for ages

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Luis on March 23, 2010 at 12:49 PM:

Dude you're a life saver! Thank you man!

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Sleikis on March 25, 2010 at 5:58 PM:

Oh my god thank you so much that's been bugging me for a good 9 months now! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! :D

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DataKing on March 28, 2010 at 7:32 AM:

funny years-long list of 'thank you' messages. And (no suprise...) also a thank you!!!! from me. Same as much posters: first hit in google. Solved in 1 minute.

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Graham on March 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM:

I have divx installed on my pc. Never had a problem burning dvds with xp. At first I kept getting "Window has stopped working" when adding files. After a couple of windows updates i sucessfully added files but they burnt with the 50% of the video a bright green.
After downloading xvid codecs, the green went but the video is cropped on either side and the music is out of sync with the video and speeds up in places anda bit jerky.

Haven't a clue what to do now. Should i totally delete divx

Thanks

graham.ridge1968@btinternet.com

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J. S on April 02, 2010 at 1:54 AM:

Hi,

I do not have Xvid to start with. I have Dvix. I played with all possible combinations under it's "Decoder configuration utility"
...NO LUCK!!!

Then I simply unchecked "Dvix Decoder filter" under Movie Maker's tools>settings>combatibility.

IT WORKS NOW!!!

:>)

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Nickspurs on April 04, 2010 at 7:49 AM:

Thanks so much man, I thought I'd just wasted hours making a video and thought something was corrupt. This was the 2nd site I got help from and it didn't fix the problem but with all the info from other people as well I got there in the end. Here is the finished product if anyone cares to watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBANIaG05Q8

Cheers! - Nicky B

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Kelly on April 05, 2010 at 2:26 PM:

Oh my gosh, this helped me sooo much! Thank you!!!!

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Veruschkan on April 05, 2010 at 11:32 PM:

thanks so much!!! I have been working on some video editing and this was such a pain in the arse! This was such a time saver. Okay, for those of you who are using 64-bit vista...simply google 64-bit XVid Codec and you'll be in good shape...the 32-bit will not work.

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renel on April 07, 2010 at 12:08 PM:

I have movie maker 6.0 on vista home premium i dont have the options you all do but i still have the green bar problem and i dont know what to do i did what you all did to the filter but i dont have the same options please somebody help me i need my videos the movie maker have unsuspected errors and shuts down i throw my hands up what do i do

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Tom on April 08, 2010 at 5:53 PM:

THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU MADE ME SO HAPPY

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Jenny on April 15, 2010 at 9:36 AM:

Thank you so much. I reinstalled Windows and couldn't remember what all I needed to download again. You fixed my Movie Maker problem.

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colin foley on April 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM:

i never used to have this problem , but my pc crashed and was wiped . after i re installed windows i had this same problem . i tried everything i could think off without sucsess. i didnt have xvid on >all programmes< so i downloaded it , and followed the instructions given at top of this page . once x vid was in my programme files . i then re opened my movie maker programme and tried once again to publish movie to dvd . not expecting it to work (i mean how could it work ) . wooooooooooo hoooooooooooooo .. it worked , dont ask me how , cheers mate ....

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jen on April 17, 2010 at 8:23 PM:

It says i dont have Xvid /: what do i doooo

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demamey on April 19, 2010 at 9:08 AM:

Thank you!

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rachel on April 19, 2010 at 9:17 AM:

Thankyou so much.

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Dave on April 23, 2010 at 7:10 PM:

Alright so I've gone over this entire page and still can't figure out why my movie is publishing with a half green screen. I downloaded the media codec pack and the movie shows up in the preview screen, but has a small icon for every movie in the edit bar. Kind of annoying and I feel there shouldn't be so many icons. So I goto publish the movie and I get the half green screen everytime. I then download divx and got rid of media codec pack and now my video doesn't play at all in the preview screen. I checked Compatibility Renderer in the output section. I don't understand why my movie is not playing in the preview section. Is there another codec package I should download or is there a way to render the setting on the divx package to show the videos. Anything would help. Been trying to publish this movie for days and no luck.

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Another Dave on April 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM:

hey Dave - I didn't have the exact pack mentioned in this post, but I decided to have a look inside Movie Maker. Here's what I found:

Tools -> Options -> Compatibility

There was a checkbox for ffdshow Video Decoder that was UNchecked. I checked it and my problems were solved. I think this CODEC comes with Media Player Classic Home Theater version or something.

I was also experiencing a LOT of errors, the program was crashing all the time, etc. SO FAR those issues have gone away too. Oh I'm using Vista. And not best pleased about it either.

Hope this helps!

Regardless, THANK YOU to the poster of this page!

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Mariana on April 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM:

Thankyou.
I. LOVE. YOU.

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Random on April 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM:

Thanks Man!

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Dave on April 25, 2010 at 8:34 PM:

I am finding that my movie only plays in the preview screen if I have the Media Player Coded Pack installed. Is there a way to configure this pack so when I publish there is no half green screen?

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asek on April 27, 2010 at 2:16 PM:

Holy shit!! Thank you so much! Your my idol

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adamgee on April 27, 2010 at 9:54 PM:

Thanks so much!

when i went to "all programs" i did not have xvid, but the website

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Advanced-Vista-Codec-Package-Download-55586.html

which was previously provided by "Pat" helped. Just download the codecs (and hit deny when it wants you to install yahoo toolbar, etc.)

I did not have to restart my computer for this to work, but i did have to restart windows movie maker.

Thanks so much!
Adam

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Ilan on April 27, 2010 at 10:20 PM:

Awesome - got it working on mine as well. Just a tip to anyone where xVid doesn't should up in the Start Menu.

I had this problem, and I just downloaded xVid, installed it, and then followed the instructions above. This did the trick!

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Chris Mach on April 29, 2010 at 10:49 PM:

THANK YOU AND ALISA!!!!
Nothing here worked for me. I downloaded everything i could and tried every combination of checking and unchecking boxes. Then i saw this:
"Alisa on December 22, 2009 at 6:10 PM:
I literally spent all day working on a vid for christmas and almost burst into tears when I saw that green bar!

Unfortunately, I do not have Xvid...so I downloaded it, and that didn't work. I downloaded the Vista codec and that did nothing either.

But, I found a way.

When you go to publish your movie, it gives you the option of settings go down to MORE SETTINGS and select DV-AVI (NTSC) Your movie will be saved as an .avi...and won't have that green bar!

Still, I have to continue with this chain of thank you's for getting me to thinking like that! "

And it worked!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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jjprophet on May 05, 2010 at 2:55 PM:

After burning from WDM..i end up with half green menu screen but the video plays fine..anybody know how to fix this..ive tried every codec..vista codec pack, ffdshow, k-lite, xvid, etc.

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Joe on May 06, 2010 at 2:35 PM:

This hasn't helped. I have DiVx not xvid and can't find anything you're talking about.

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Nick from Miami on May 08, 2010 at 5:50 PM:

thank you so much your advice worked.

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Husam D on May 16, 2010 at 11:27 AM:

Thank you!!!

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Helper in Need of Help! =S on May 18, 2010 at 11:41 PM:

This will let you go to xvid. It is reliable, I used it.

http://www.koepi.info/xvid.html

Hope this helps.

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MariaH on May 24, 2010 at 10:49 PM:

OMG, thank you SO much!
I have a project due to this week and this just saved my ass!

Thanks again(;

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Fintan on May 26, 2010 at 3:43 PM:

THANK YOU!! Nevre before have i gotten such a quick simple explanation of how to fix a problem :oD Your a star.

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Helen on May 31, 2010 at 11:13 AM:

I don't have DivX installed but I still have this problem. Any ideas? Please. I am going insane.

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12 String Tim on June 03, 2010 at 6:50 PM:

Awesome - Thanks

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lucy on June 06, 2010 at 6:44 PM:

omg thank you so much! ive been up till 3am trying to fix this, so THANK YOU!

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Cedric on June 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM:

My girlfriend was frustrated with the green gash problem and this post help me save her from her misery. Awesome.

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Brian on June 14, 2010 at 9:03 AM:

Thank you so much for this! You rock!

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Stomb971 on June 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM:

I did not have Xvid installed, have DivX. Please note: I had to use a computer WITH VISTA in order for the below Idea to work. If your using XP like I originally was then save your movie to a memory card/CD whatever and get it to a VISTA then when you open a movie maker you may have to select IMPORT MEDIA ITEMS. I was unable to just open the movie I saved because nothing is ever that easy. Congrats to the people who got it working with the original idea, but I had to read 5 or 6 different Ideas from you people before I got it. It's times like this I really F'n appreciate Bloggers. HAHA! If there was a donate money link I would... I went a week stressin about this shiz and its finally over and I WIN!

below are the instructions I followed. good luck!



I found a way.

When you go to publish your movie, it gives you the option of settings go down to MORE SETTINGS and select DV-AVI (NTSC) Your movie will be saved as an .avi...and won't have that green bar!

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Haopee on June 23, 2010 at 12:29 AM:

thank you so much. i was just lucky i encountered your website immediately

YOU SHOULD WORK FOR MICROSOFT

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Megan Gerth on June 23, 2010 at 1:15 AM:

Oh my gosh this just made my night 110% better. I've probably re-published my video like 20 times trying every different possible way to fix it when I finally decided to google it. Thank you so much for this post it totally worked =) What did the world do without Google?
<3

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Danielle on June 23, 2010 at 8:37 AM:

Where can XVid be found? I can't seem to find it.

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masteryoca13 on July 02, 2010 at 8:52 PM:

same problem, there is no file called xvid on my computer...

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Regina on July 03, 2010 at 5:39 PM:

oh dear god THANK YOU.

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Ryan T on July 04, 2010 at 2:30 PM:

Thanks so much for your help, i have finally fixed the issues with Windows Movie Maker thanks to yourselves. Thanks again so much

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Laura on July 05, 2010 at 4:05 PM:

Oh dear God, thank you thank you thank you, this has been plaguing me for months, I only wish I'd found this sooner!

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Eric on July 20, 2010 at 6:03 PM:

Adding to your years-long list of thank yous! I also want to thank Alyssa for her suggestion to save as .avi instead; that FINALLY got rid of the green bar after the xvid solution failed.

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*need help* on July 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM:

HELP!

Please, I have the same Problem, since a MONTH!!
I'm freaking out right now, but I don't even have that filter!!

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Chris R on July 31, 2010 at 3:37 PM:

Thanks a lot buddy, worked perfectly

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Adella Dworkin on August 08, 2010 at 11:57 PM:

Oh My God!!!
Thank you so much!!!!
I can't thank you enough ^.^
I LOVE YOU WHO EVER YOU ARE!!

Oh God..
Thank you for pulling out this thorn that's been hurting me.(I don't know what I just said)

THANK YOU! LOVE YOU!

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Adella Dworkin on August 09, 2010 at 12:00 AM:

You rock for helping us!

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Jessica on August 09, 2010 at 12:54 AM:

omg, you're a rock star. thanks!!!

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kepow on August 12, 2010 at 11:49 PM:

Initially this fix did not work for me, so I un-selected the mp4v box and viola! It worked! Thanks!

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Heather on August 13, 2010 at 5:22 PM:

Where the hell is this damn "XVid" program you speak off! I can't find it in my "All Programs" list!

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Reader on August 20, 2010 at 12:59 AM:

Heather on August 13, 2010 at 5:22 PM:
Where the hell is this damn "XVid" program you speak off! I can't find it in my "All Programs" list!
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Hi, can you see the WINDOWS logo? click on it, you will see a list and underneath you will see ALL PROGRAMS. Click on ALL PROGRAMS. You should see a list of all programs installed on your computer. If you skim through you should see "XVid". It should be a the bottom of the list since it starts with X providing it was installed on your PC. Voila and goodluck.

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Pierre on August 22, 2010 at 7:33 AM:

THANKYOU!!! I was pulling my last strings of hair until I found this solution. This actually worked!!!!!!!!!! :DDDDD

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Nadaddy on August 25, 2010 at 4:35 AM:

I LOVE YOU THANKS!!

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James on August 26, 2010 at 7:22 AM:

This hasn't solved the problem for me :-( anyone else have any other ideas? I've been working on this video for ages, and I can't even publish it.

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Sümeyye on September 12, 2010 at 6:16 AM:

I LOVE YOUUU! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! YOU SAVED MY DAY:)))

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Triv on September 21, 2010 at 7:57 PM:

AWESOME thank you, this really helps

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Julien on September 26, 2010 at 2:03 PM:

I got here too late (ie: after spending all my day yesterday trying to get rid of it) and finally googled in english and salved! :)
Thank you... 3 years of comments and still the same issue around, isn't it incredible ??

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Robert on September 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM:

Thank you very much, perfect!!

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Janet on October 06, 2010 at 2:32 PM:

I join the masses in saying thank you, thank you, thank you! Such a simple fix, but it worked like a charm!

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nathan on October 07, 2010 at 5:18 AM:

your my god ! thank youu so much

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Curtis on October 09, 2010 at 4:40 PM:

YAHOO! Thanks you VERY much! :D

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Nathan on October 11, 2010 at 9:52 AM:

Thank you Thank you THANK YOU!!

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sean on October 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM:

THANK YOU so much i was finished editing a huge project and i thought i could never be helped thank you

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cherylborja on October 24, 2010 at 12:30 AM:

HELP!!
I just burned a dvd from windows dvd maker and the bottom half of the screen is green. I then I tried to follow the steps to fix the problem but when i went to start menu, all programs to find Xvid i could not find anything. what do I do?????

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Nicole on November 04, 2010 at 5:12 PM:

Thank you so much this totally helped :)

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Danielle on November 04, 2010 at 9:16 PM:

THANK YOU. I had a presentation I was working on and that green bar looked so unprofessional. Your advice was quick and it worked. My stress level has gone down by about 1000 points.

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Gaby on November 11, 2010 at 9:54 AM:

Great, except one problem: there's no "xvid" in my Start menu. There's an Xvid folder in some obscure location in the deepest depths of my computer, but no actual application. Just a setup. Do I need to re-install it or something?

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Katerina on November 15, 2010 at 2:44 PM:

amazing and completely genius! you deserve a prize!

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Nello on November 15, 2010 at 9:34 PM:

Thanks Man you saved me a bunch of time!

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G unit on November 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM:

safe bruv

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Bongo on December 01, 2010 at 2:54 AM:

I think were up to 3 years of thank yous from the land of the video options noobs. A big thank you from me to you for your advice and help and for taking the time to spread some goodwill.

All the best
Yours
Bongo

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Aaron on December 01, 2010 at 10:11 AM:

Thank you so much, I can make videos again!

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Brandon on December 01, 2010 at 12:25 PM:

Just made a video for work and this did the trick. Thanks!

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kat stevens on December 02, 2010 at 5:45 AM:

thanx so much it worked xxx

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david on December 03, 2010 at 1:22 AM:

You have saved thousands of hours of work with one quick post. You are forever awesome.

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Sven on December 05, 2010 at 8:28 AM:

LEGEND!!!

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Amy on December 14, 2010 at 7:55 AM:

THANK YOU :) this is like AMAZING newws :D

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michelle on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM:

thank you so frickin much. I was so upset that my video was ruined and now its fixed. Ah!!!! Thanks xxxxxxx

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Elgel29 on December 18, 2010 at 4:23 PM:

I'd like to thank the original poster and Stomb971, who said:

"When you go to publish your movie, it gives you the option of settings go down to MORE SETTINGS and select DV-AVI (NTSC) Your movie will be saved as an .avi...and won't have that green bar!"

I'd like to add that, when you change the settings Stomb971's way, you have other choices that will give you better resolution.

THANKS, both of you!!!

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Adam on December 19, 2010 at 1:22 AM:

Thanks,
I love you.
Adam

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raylhpca on December 19, 2010 at 2:35 AM:

works just fine now much props 4 someone who knows what their doing thankx.

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Howard Berry on December 23, 2010 at 11:15 PM:

So, that's a good start. The first step towards getting rid of the green bar should be to disable decoders in Windows Movie Maker. , then un-check all 'vidx' components.

If that doesn't work however, or if half or all of your footage is now blacked out when you publish, then there's a second step you must take to clear up your footage. A mixture of 'green bar' and 'black out' happens when you're cutting together clips of various file types or that used different codecs.

So, to fix this, just make sure all the clips you're using are of the same codec or file type. I converted all my footage to 'vidx' files, then unchecked the 'vidx' decoders in Movie Maker, and my problem was solved.

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Aamir on December 27, 2010 at 4:54 AM:

All of those people who have Windows Vista 64 bit and could not fix the half green bar, try to install Vista Codec Pack for 64bit, but before that you must have Vista Codec Pack 32bit as its the pre-requisite for 64 bit. I hope it'll help those who could not make it work so far.

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Sandra on December 30, 2010 at 2:17 PM:

A big kiss for you! It helped!

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Kanadee on January 07, 2011 at 7:38 AM:

OMG, i love you. Thank You soooooooo much ! :)

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Ben on January 07, 2011 at 7:14 PM:

Thanks sooo much. I have been trying to figure out what was wrong for days. You saved me so much time.

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Steph on January 09, 2011 at 5:27 PM:

I just wanted to share that this DID NOT work for me because I do NOT have Xvid on my computer, I have DivX Plus. All the fixes online are all for Xvid codecs. Going into the compatibility settings in Windows Movie Marker (tools, options, compatibility und unchecking the DivX decoder filter) did NOT work either. It removed the green bar but also made my entire video a black screen with only the sound working.
After playing around with it myself, I figured out how to get it to work. For those of you who are having this green bar issue and have DivX Plus, THIS is how to resolve the green bar issue:

Go to start, all programs, DivX Plus, Codec Settings. Then click on the "advanced" tab and uncheck all the boxes that are highlighted.
You may have to restart your PC and redo your project in movie maker but once you publish the video the green bar issue will be gone.

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Lucas on January 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM:

thank you so much i was about to pull all of my hair out until i saw your post! your awesome!

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Ida on February 16, 2011 at 12:26 AM:

Thank You Steph! That was my problem too!!!! Hurray! Now- I just hope I don't have to make the project again- I used 8 hours...

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Lily on February 17, 2011 at 7:47 PM:

It works!!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Eyðun Frederiksen on February 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM:

HEY!!!!

IT WORKED !:O I made a project for school ... :) THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH :)!!!!

Now I got something for you guys :)!

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If it is not working right away, you just have to restart Windows Media Player then it works, if you download and do the decoder and not shuting WMM while or after it wont work !:)


Thanks you Bernie !:)

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PrincessLilou on February 27, 2011 at 5:10 AM:

Hey, I guess everybody's computer is different. Mine for example doesn't have Xvid (which I have unticked originally). I have Windows Vista, and Dvix and I went Tools, Options, Compatibility and unticked the two Dvix decoders and it worked. But until then....I f#@&-ed my brain out! So, this blog at least put me in the right direction.

Thank you.

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Coady on March 14, 2011 at 10:13 PM:

hey, i dont have xvid on my computer? any help with that?:P

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Alberto on April 03, 2011 at 3:38 PM:

You are a Cybernaut saver!!

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Danny on April 06, 2011 at 4:29 PM:

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fabricio on May 08, 2011 at 4:27 PM:

Thanks a lot! :-)

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C on May 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM:

Coady, I have the same issue. I use Dvix and vista, not Xvid. Did you ever find a solution? I tried using the instructions PrincessLilou gave, but I don't have an "options" option under Tools. I'm kinda at a roadblock at this point.

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N.S on May 14, 2011 at 3:07 AM:

Thank you Soooo Much.

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kate on June 07, 2011 at 9:28 AM:

ok i tried that and now my vids are all just black with no sound, great...

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Laura on June 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM:

I don't understand everything, but I'm sure it would have worked, if I was better in english. :(

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Max on June 18, 2011 at 8:59 PM:

THANK YOU!!!

If you click "All Programs" and don't see XVid,

Click "Start" and in the search box, type

CONFIGURE DECODER

Someone else left that instruction, but I couldn't find the post again to thank them. There is a quite a list. Let me add my sincere thanks to the list. You saved my project!

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Max on June 18, 2011 at 9:15 PM:

UPDATE

The person with the helpful post was "Blah" on November 12, 2008

Thanks Blah. Couldn't find XVid, but clicked Start, and searched "configure decoder". Opened the program, followed Bernie's directions.... and it was a fix.

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Eastwood on June 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM:

Thanks, this fixed it for me!

Man that was annoying!!

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Gordon on June 26, 2011 at 4:10 AM:

WHat XVID? I tried looking for that and it isnt in the programs list. Any other Ideas?

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Louis on July 31, 2011 at 1:48 PM:

Help - I have a Vista and have this problem. I followed these instructions but when I searched for XviD all I got was XviD Encoder and StatsReader. What do I do/download?

Thank you for reading

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Fé on August 22, 2011 at 3:48 AM:

I only have divX and still have the stupid green bar, I can't seem to find Xvid or the configure Decoder >0<

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Howard Kingston on September 04, 2011 at 7:50 AM:

Man - I'm sooo glad other people were having this issue too.

Just followed the instructions and publishing now. Fingers crossed :)

thanks for the tip

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helion on October 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM:

the tip still works - thanks :)

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Mshaitiangoddess on October 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM:

THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!

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kielm on October 29, 2011 at 1:34 AM:

Thank you !! Perfect solution. For anyone who's having problems, I had to install XVID codec, then exit windows movie maker, then follow the steps outlined, then go back into the movie maker and save my movie as an AVI. Not sure if WMV still works, but I saved as an AVI and it was fine.

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Diane on November 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM:

Thank you so much!!!! It worked!

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Kasper on November 29, 2011 at 8:23 AM:

Thanks a lot, this saved me a lot of stress!

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Dee on December 04, 2011 at 5:45 PM:

Thank you so much!!!!It worked!!!!!

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Scott on January 06, 2012 at 5:54 AM:

Absolute legend

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Mitch on January 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM:

It still works !

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Alex on February 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM:

Many thanks! This fixed my problem!!! =)

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Jay on March 21, 2012 at 8:01 AM:

I can't thank you enough!

Cheers

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em-j on April 02, 2012 at 2:58 PM:

THANK YOU SO FREAKIN' MUCH!!!

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Peter on May 01, 2012 at 6:56 AM:

thank you so much !!!

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Virgo on May 24, 2012 at 5:38 AM:

Thank you file mou.

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Steve, Rhythms of Reality on May 24, 2012 at 9:15 AM:

Thank you so much, I can't wait to try it out tonight. Based on the comments, I'm sure it will work out fine, so thanks in advance!

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adam on June 03, 2012 at 7:36 PM:

Ive never said thanks online before, always just took the advice for granted but this time, YOU are a legend. you actually saved my website Haha, thank you. This WORKS!

If your still in the s#+t with it, just download the NEWEST VER of xvid, install over the top of what you have, let it do what it wants, THEN follow this mans advice and go into its setting and disable part of it and it does fix it. Thank god!

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Keithia Kirkaldy on June 03, 2012 at 8:13 PM:

I have a similar problem but with windows 7 and I only get the green bar after upload to Youtube. the file on my computer is flawless. I don't have those options for changing the decoder on my computer. I went to Start Menu-All Programs but there is no XVid.....help!

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Salv on June 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM:

Wow, after so many years this is still very useful.
Thank you!

@Keithia you need to install XVID first, its free.

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cooldude on June 25, 2012 at 6:25 AM:

thank you so much!

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Markus on August 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM:

Thanks. Now i can show the whole world how i dealed with those pesty wasps.

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Jooles on September 18, 2012 at 2:48 AM:

You, Sir (Madam), are an absolute angel! A guardian one! :)
Thank you!

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jasen on October 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM:

thanks alot mate i have been trying to work this out for ages :) it works and it was easy thanks to your instuctions :)

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omer on November 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM:

i have nothing to say right now, i was very sad for a moment before i goggled my problem and found out the solution. this is my first time to comment in such kind of things.


thank you so much

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Stephanie on April 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM:

Thank you! This worked like a charm

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Davros on April 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM:

Thanks for putting this up - saved me loads of time!


Awesome!

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Chris on June 08, 2013 at 2:40 PM:

And still useful in June 2013 !

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Leslie on June 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM:

That totally worked! THANK YOU!

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Joana on July 07, 2013 at 6:41 AM:

I didn't have XVid, so I installed it, I did everything according to these instructions and the green line is still there ;( I don't know what to do anymore, I'm so desperate. Can anyone help? Please...

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ArthurT on January 06, 2014 at 7:14 AM:

I had that big problem cuz I'm am using the Movie Maker for the first time. I saw your solution and it solved my problem.

Thanks.

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AdeHaze on September 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM:

Thank You Very Muchhhhh

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