The Video Editor app (Movie Maker) on Windows 10 is one of the simplest and most convenient video editors out there. This tool has been widely used for anything, from baseline video edits to stitching together half-decent commercials. However, over the years there have been complaints from some users of the absence of sound from their running Video Editor app projects. If you, too, are one of those distressed users, this article is for you.
No sound in Windows 10 Video Editor
Today we will discuss some of the corrective measures you can take if there is no sound in a Video Editor project that you are working on.
- Restart the Windows Audio service
- Turn off DTS Sound
- Convert the video file’s format
- Change Sound settings
- Run Movie Maker in Compatibility mode
1] Restart the Windows Audio service
It is highly probable that this issue with your computer’s audio, like most of them, is linked with the Windows Audio service and if that really is the case, then restarting it shall do the trick for you. Here is how it’s done:
- Press the Windows key along with the ‘R’ button to open the Run command.
- Type ‘services.msc’ in the box provided and press enter.
- This will open a separate Services window. Here, locate Windows Audio, right-click on it and click on ‘stop’.
- Again right-click on the same setting and select ‘start’.
There is an alternative approach to this, which is described below:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys to open the Task Manager.
- Click on Services and look for AudioSrv.
- Right-click on it and select Restart.
Try playing the video on Movie Maker to see if it has regained the sound.
2] Turn off DTS sound
DTS is short for Digital Theatre System. As the name suggests, it’s a Windows utility that offers users multi-channel and stereo audio output. While this feature comes in handy on occasion, it may also be the cause behind the issue at hand. Thus, users can try turning the DTS sound feature off too, by following the steps below:
- Search for DTS Sound in the search pane on the Taskbar.
- Turn off the DTS sound by clicking on the power button (on the left). A greyed-out window means that the DTS sound has successfully been turned off.
- You can then check if the issue still persists with your audio in Movie Maker.
3] Convert the video file’s format
The absence of sound from a Video Editor file can also be because of an incompatible file format.
In this case, it is best if you convert the video file into a format that works well with Movie Maker, .mov, .avi or .wmv for example. There are several applications and online tools that can help you do so.
4] Change Sound settings
Disabling the Exclusive mode from your Computer’s Sound settings can also help put an end to this problem in Video Editor. In order to do so, you have to follow the steps below:
- Right-Click on the Sound icon that appears on your System Tray and further select Sounds.
- This will open the Sound dialog box that can, alternatively, be opened via the Control Panel.
- From the Playback section, select your Audio device which, if you don’t have an external audio device plugged into your computer, are the Speakers.
- In the Advanced tab of your Speakers’ settings, you’ll find the Exclusive mode. De-select all the modifications under that name and apply these changes.
Check if the error has been dismissed or not.
5] Run Movie Maker in Compatibility mode
In case the software is found to have been disrupted, users can try running it in the Compatibility mode. A Compatibility mode is where a software emulates an older version of itself to make sure that the incompatible application can still run on the computer. In order to do this, you have to follow the steps below:
- Right-click on the Video Editor shortcut and further select Properties.
- From the options on the top of the Properties dialog box, click on Compatibility.
- Enable ‘Run this program in Compatible mode for’ and then select a Windows version of your choice before clicking on Apply and selecting ‘Ok’ to implement the changes.
We hope that one of the aforementioned solutions was able to come to your rescue and help you get back your soundtrack in Video Editor app. In the unfortunate case where none of the procedures bear any fruit, we suggest you use a different video-editing platform, since there are several of them available for free, as both software and online tools.