How to Upload Videos From Movie Maker to YouTube


Windows Movie Maker is a basic video publishing program suitable for almost anyone, regardless of expertise level. You may have noticed Movie Maker files will not upload to YouTube. This is because the default "Save Project As" format is not a video format--it's a Movie Maker Project File (MSWMM). You'll need to convert your Movie Maker file to a standard video format before you can upload it to YouTube. Fortunately, you can do this with the program.

  • Click on "File" and select "Publish" or "Save Movie File." When the dialog box appears, select "This Computer" and click "Next."

  • Type the desired file name and click "Next." Choose your file type. Select "AVI" or "WMV." YouTube accepts either format. Look under the section titled "File Size." Make sure the video is smaller than 2GB. If it's not, click "Compress To" and type 2GB. YouTube does not accept larger files.

  • Click "Publish" to convert your Movie Maker file to a standard video. Wait for the progress bar to load; this indicates that the conversion is complete. This could take a few minutes, depending on the size of your file.

  • Sign in to your YouTube account. If you don't have a YouTube account, create one by clicking "Create Account." This is required to upload videos.

  • Click on "Upload," then "Upload Video." The file upload tool appears. Browse to the folder in which you saved the video. By default, the files are saved in your "Videos" folder. Click on the file and select "Open." Wait for the video to upload to YouTube.

  • Type the title of your YouTube video, then add a description (optional). Add custom tags to your video. These help users find your video when searching with relevant keywords. You can also click "Suggested Tags" to use YouTube's recommended tags. Click "Save Settings" to save your title, description and tags.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to edit the title, description or tags, click on the video under "My Videos" and select "Edit."
  • Do not upload video or music files that are not your own.

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