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"WMV is not valid because it does not contain any information"

Been bugging me for a while.

Recording Newsnight from the BBC website (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/default.stm) using WM Recorder. Excellent results. Records as an asf file but plays OK in Windows Media Player. Real Player gives me sound only.

I want to edit bits out of the programme. But when I try to import it into Windows Movie Maker, I get the error in the title of this question.

Anybody any idea why or what I can do about it?
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8/22/2022 - Mon

asf is a streaming file format and will need to be converted prior to editing to either an avi file or mpg file
there are a flood of converters on the market
try this one

This is by way of a holding reply. I haven't had time to test the above but it looks good.

Should finalise by the weekend.


Well, I've tried half a dozen converters and, at the end of all that the only one which even looked like it could do the job was the one you linked to!

However, although its trial version gave me a 3 minute sample good enough to persuade me to part with my hard earned dosh, when I tried it on the full version it was, essentially, useless.

a) It converted the 109 Mb asf file to a 7 GIGABYTE AVI !!!
b) Nothing (Windows MP, old or new, RealPlayer, Divx Player, Quicktime, VideoRedo) could play the resulting gargantuan file.

Any better options?
This is the best money I have ever spent. I cannot not tell you how many times these folks have saved my bacon. I learn so much from the contributors.

I should add that I'm prepared to award partial points because you did point me in the right direction (conversion).

2 things. The question should now be closed because I've found the solution myself (RM Replay Converter now converts asf directly). However, I'm still prepared to award - say - 200 points to bigbillydotcom for pointing me in the right direction. How do I do that and close the question?

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