[RNLD] Import .wav into .mp4?

Paul Trilsbeek Paul.Trilsbeek at MPI.NL
Tue Mar 19 16:43:33 UTC 2013

Hello Mark,

The resulting file will have compressed audio, which is fine as long as you also keep the original .wav for archiving.

Best regards,


On Mar 19, 2013, at 17:19 , 3/19/13, Mark W. Post <markwpost at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> Further to this thread, it turns out that it's very easy to import a 
> .wav into an .mp4 container in Win7 for free via "Windows (Live) Movie 
> Maker", a program which I must have at one point have seen on Windows 
> systems, but just assumed was crapware and never bothered opening:
> All you need to do is (1) open an .mp4, (2) turn down the volume on the 
> "video" tab, (3) import "music" (i.e., a .wav file), (4) fiddle with the 
> "start time" and "start point" (confusingly not the same thing) on the 
> "music" track until the streams are in sync, (5) export "for 
> high-definition display", and presto! You have a merged .mp4 file.
> The results *seem* ok, which is to say that the resulting .mp4 looks and 
> sounds as good as the originals, so far as I can judge. But I'm just 
> wondering whether there are any potential problems with this method that 
> anybody knows about, and might not be obvious at first glance. One 
> potential problem is that syncing isn't incredibly precise, but I'm 
> thinking more in terms of the data streams themselves, and whether they 
> might be subject to any sort of compression that I'm not aware of or 
> seeing.
> Thanks,
> Mark
> PS Thanks to Steffen Haurholm-Larsen for pointing to this solution!
> On 13/03/2013 23:13, Tom Honeyman wrote:
>> ffmpegx gui windows
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