How to convert a MSDVD format

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How to convert a MSDVD format
MSDVD is a common video editing file format. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

MSDVD, or Windows DVD Maker Project file as it is now known, is a video project file format created by Microsoft around 2000. These file types are created by the Windows Movie Maker software freely available from Microsoft, currently as part of the "Windows Essentials" software package. Whilst this file format is a project and not actually a video file, it is fairly widespread and can easily be converted into one of the more well known video file formats using the method described below. The Windows Movie Maker software is also capable of uploading the converted file to many of the social media sites.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Laptop or desktop PC running any version of windows from XP onwards
  • Internet connection
  • Source MSDVD file to be converted
  • Microsoft Movie Maker 2012 program

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    Download the software

  1. 1

    Download the Windows Movie Maker software from Microsoft's website. Carefully follow the steps to install the software. A restart or reboot of the computer may be required after installation.

  2. 2

    Start the Windows Movie Maker program. Click on the "File" tab. Select "Open project." From the dialogue box find the "MSDVD" file you wish to convert then click "Open."

  3. 3

    Select the "File" tab once the file has opened. Select "Save movie." you will then see a choice of formats to which the file can be saved to. These include formats that are suitable for other devices such as smartphones, televisions and also uploads to social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.

  4. 4

    Watch the new file after conversion to check for errors that may occur during the conversion, such as audio sync issues.

Tips and warnings

  • The conversion process can use large amounts of system resources such as the processor or memory; it is advisable to let the process run whilst not using your PC, even overnight for very large files.
  • When converting / saving to social network or social media sites, check your video as soon as it is completed. The wrong clip could prove very embarrassing!
  • Video clips and home movies can be precious and impossible to replace, so always make backups of your files before making any changes.
  • If you wish to upload your video after conversion be aware of the amount of data that may be used for large files if you are on a slow or metered connection.

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