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You CANNOT save a .MSWMM (Microsoft Windows Movie Maker) file to a flash drive or any other removable device.

The .MSWMM file must first be "Published" (Vista version) or "Finished" (XP version) in the WMM program before it can be viewed in a media player, emailed, uploaded or burned to CD/DVD. This finalizes the project by means of "mixing down" audio/video properties.

Movie Maker files that are not Published or Finished can only be viewed/edited in the Windows Movie Maker program. Here are instructions on how to Publish/Finish your WMM project so that it can be saved to a flash drive or other portable/removable device:

> With your project in the time-line view of WMM

> Click on View and Tasks, to open the task pane

> Under Publish to ---- (Windows Vista v2.6)
> Under Finish Movie (Windows Xp v2.1)

> choose - This computer

> Name the movie and select a destination to save it in ---
(Choose/make a folder to save it in that you can access easily)

> Click Next

> Select option: Best quality for playback on my computer (recommended)

> Click Publish or Finish (depending on your WMM version)

When the video is published/finished, you should be able to find it in the folder you saved it in. Click on it and it should open up in the media player you use. If it does, you have successfully Published/Finished the project.


** A WMM project is still in "unfinished" form(.MSWMM)and can only be viewed/edited in Windows Movie Maker.

** A PUBLISHED/FINISHED WMM video is the "finalized" format.

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first you need to export it... just go to file--->Export or type command+E

Next Select you resolution, i would recommend Large, Name your project, tell it where to save it, hit export and let iMovie do the rest.

After just drag the file into your flash drive, if you didn't save it there, and your done.

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The great thing about imovie is that you DONT save. It saves automatically.

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