What Causes Movie Maker to Randomly Pause?

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What Causes Movie Maker to Randomly Pause?
Use a fast computer to edit video with Windows Movie Maker. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Windows Movie Maker is a video application that comes as a native program on your Windows computer. One common issue with Windows Movie Maker is its stalling, freezing or taking a long time to complete the task. This can be caused by a lack of hardware resources, by application processes or by the length of the video. Keep the video clip area as clean as possible when editing, avoid the use of too many video effects and transitions, and make sure you have enough computer resources to keep the program running smoothly.


Windows Movie Maker uses a great deal of computer resources and requires a fast processor, a large amount of Random Access Memory (RAM), and a large hard drive to work smoothly. When Movie Maker is pausing or freezing, add a module of 512MB to 1GB of RAM to get Windows Movie Maker to run faster. If you need to run Windows Movie Maker on an older computer with a smaller processor, be sure to close all other applications and programs running in the task bar before you start using the program. This will allow the computer to use most of the resources for the video editing application. Save all of the video clips and finished video on an external flash drive or DVD to keep from using too much space on a smaller hard drive.

Large Movie Clips

Even when you use a fast computer, Windows Movie Maker may freeze when you edit a large number of video clips. Keep your clipboard as clean as possible by deleting excess video clips that you won't use. The elimination of this extra video will keep Movie Maker from slowing down. Right-click the excess video and select "Delete."


Using several video effects and transitions on each video clip can cause Windows Movie Maker to slow down. To prevent this, use only one to two effects per clip. To remove effects, right-click on a video clip and uncheck the effects you no longer want. Use the same process to remove transition effects before each video clip. Avoid using a large number of titles or credits. Use just a few words on each title or credit slide.

Wait Time

Windows Movie Maker requires a lot of processing time to complete each task. When you continue to require tasks without waiting for the previous task to be complete, the program slows down and can freeze. To prevent this, avoid moving from task to task without waiting for Movie Maker to complete the previous task. Add a transition and wait for it to appear before adding a movie effect. Edit a clip and wait for the edit to complete before clicking another task.

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