The kids have inexpensive video cameras that record video in the .ASF file format. .ASF files are compatible with Windoze Movie Maker, except that they aren't.
Workaround: If you change the file extension to .ASX, the video files can then be edited in Movie Maker. Tah. Dah.
That never-fixed oversight makes me nuts. So does the Microsoft decision to NEVER LET A COMPUTER USER SEE THE FILE EXTENSIONS. It's the friggin' default in XP and Vista. I changed that little nicety in my computers immediately after setting them up. Mrs TWC didn't and I'm working with the kids on her laptop, changing the file extensions without much success.
TWC: You know, this worked fine the other day with the House Blond's videos
Mr Cool: Why isn't it working, Dad?
After hearing the same question fifteen times I knocked him out. Then I took the SD card from him and stuck it in my machine and realized what the problem was. BECAUSE NOW I CAN SEE THE FARGIN FILE EXTENSIONS.
Ah, the light bulb illuminates. Last week, when I was helping the HB, realizing that the file extensions were actually there (even though I couldn't see them), I deleted the invisible file extensions before typing .ASX.
Sure, I could have changed the settings on Mrs TWC's laptop but since you only do that once, you don't keep the process fresh in your head. And by the time you get into the project and things go south.....
House Blond just walked past and said, Dad, that's not what you said.
HB: Dad, you didn't say 'this worked fine the other day with the House Blonde's videos'.
TWC: Huh? Course I did.
HB: You said, Katie's videos, not the House Blond's.
Knocked her out, too.