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How to Edit and Play TS2 Movies in Windows 10? Temp Solution Update

CinebarCinebar Posts: 32,369 Member
edited January 28 in The Sims 2
As many might know I'm a big machinima fan and for years have made my own shorts for TS2. Some were on Youtube for TS2 and TS3 and many were simply for fun and my own entertainment. However, I have found the Video Editor in Windows 10 is a horrible program unlike the Movie Makers of XP, Vista and etc. since it won't even let me see an .AVI file to edit and keeps saying I need an extension to run the file or even edit it. I assume this is a codec problem with the old VP6 vs the VP9 Windows 10 uses? (Which is probably not backward compatible in that video editor).

I could convert all my TS2 'movies' to a different type but that would be a huge work load as I do have a video editor converter in my old W7 pc if I can get into it and put them all back in and then convert them to MP4 or something.

Question for those of you like making your own stories and videos with TS2 movie clips you film inside the game what Video or Movie Maker are you using to do this since the one is Windows 10 or even for free download is a horrible app and doesn't even let me see it let alone edit it or make a story from them. (I did search the web first to solve this problem but none of the answers fit the .AVI files of TS2 movies. Most the answers were about files needed you can get for free, to edit in 10 from an iPhone video). Questions were like what type of AVI file is it? All I know about that is TS2 used the VP6 and VP7 codecs to film while playing in the game when you click the V. lol Any other type of avi file is not known to me to even get any help.

What type of movie maker are others using to make a story from the TS2 .avi files?
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"Games Are Not The Place To Tell Stories, Games Are Meant To Let People Tell Their Own Stories"...Will Wright.

https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/958714/cinebar-custom-content-clothes-updating-links/p1


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  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 32,369 Member
    edited January 18
    Well, I guess there isn't an answer to this problem with TS2UC and Windows 10. :/ I tried every free download Video Editor on the internet almost, lol, and none of them will play the TS2 Movie files or edit them. I even tried a few trial offers to pay later, and none of those will run or edit the .avi files in the game. This is just one of many reasons (removal of a decent video editor) about Windows 10 that I sorely dislike. I even watched Youtube videos that said I could install older MS programs like Movie Maker 2.6 (Vista) which actually works on Win7 in my old pc, but it won't show the video .avi file in the view pane in that program in 10 nor save after one trial run of a test video project. And nor will the Windows Essential old Movie Maker anymore work on Wind10 for these type .avi files. Just in case anyone sees this thread, don't bother downloading anything from the MS store or what is recommended on YT because none of it works. If you run across one that says it can play or edit .AVI files it means DV-AVI not the type of .avi files in the TS2 movies.
    "Games Are Not The Place To Tell Stories, Games Are Meant To Let People Tell Their Own Stories"...Will Wright.

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  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 32,369 Member
    edited January 28
    I tried everything from MS Win10 that would not play or preview the TS2 movie >AVI files. So I couldn't make any Sim movies to edit. I solved this by installing the older Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (for Vista) however none of the compatible settings worked until I set it to run in XP in Windows 10. The problem with that is the videos will show up in the preview pane, but if you don't mute the sound of the TS2 movie you won't be able to see them to edit them etc. Also, this might just be a problem on my pc since if I mute and unmute then I can see them in the preview pane. I assume this has something to do with any kind of sound software I have installed. It is also important to note if you do use MM2.6 if you don't like any of the new stuff for free that has less features than the older MMakers by MS or anyone else, then make sure in Properties I mean Options in the program, you untick any other codecs that don't start with the version number like 6.1xxxxx etc. Solved for now, til I find a better movie maker that has all the bells and whistles MS used to offer. It may be an old program but it has many features none of the free stuff nor the MS new Photos Video Editor in 10 offers.
    "Games Are Not The Place To Tell Stories, Games Are Meant To Let People Tell Their Own Stories"...Will Wright.

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  • ZeeGeeZeeGee Posts: 5,169 Member
    edited January 30
    Did you try Davinci Resolve? It’s a powerful editor and has a free version with very few limitations. Version 16 and after converts avi files. Aleo, did you consider using another screen capture besides the one in Sims 2? OBS is really good.
    The Sequel: FINALE

  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 32,369 Member
    edited January 30
    ZeeGee wrote: »
    Did you try Davinci Resolve? It’s a powerful editor and has a free version with very few limitations. Version 16 and after converts avi files. Aleo, did you consider using another screen capture besides the one in Sims 2? OBS is really good.

    Are those on the MS store or do I need to go to their websites? Never heard of them. Yeah, playback of my Sim movies are not that great on Win10 I assume it doesn't like the old VP6 codec used in TS2 to capture video in the game as they don't look as great as they did in Win7. I might need both the OBS and the Resolve thingy. Lot of issues with Wind10 and lack of programs that used to make the OS worth $200 or so. ETA: As far as the OBS software, I'm not looking for software that allows me to broadcast live or anything. I just want to continue my silly machinima stories. lol (Yes, they are pretty silly usually for my own entertainment most of the time).
    "Games Are Not The Place To Tell Stories, Games Are Meant To Let People Tell Their Own Stories"...Will Wright.

    https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/958714/cinebar-custom-content-clothes-updating-links/p1


  • ZeeGeeZeeGee Posts: 5,169 Member
    Davinci Resolve is an editor like Windows Movie Maker except much more advanced in what it can do. This is the download for Davinci Resolve.

    https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/

    When you click on the download button choose Davinci Resolve 16 (unless you want the paid studio version). Version 17 is new and still in beta so a little risky.

    OBS can be used for streaming but I've never used it that way. It's a good free screen capture program. You can set it up to maximize for recording your screen instead of streaming.

    https://obsproject.com/

    Do you put your stories on YouTube?
    The Sequel: FINALE

  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 32,369 Member
    edited February 2
    Thank you for the links and information. In the meantime I tried Fraps but it records the UI and wasn't any better than the in game video camera recording. I will try that other program you mentioned. Yeah, sometimes I do, but since Youtube was purchased by Google and they changed the viewer then as you know any older games like TS2's videos look pretty horrible now on Youtube. It's best to view my machinimas in a smaller viewer more in line with the resolutions for older games. But yeah, I have a bunch of stuff on there for over eight to ten years. Rarely clean it out, lol, but removed a lot of TS2 stuff off there years ago when I was doing it for TS3 and TS4 but since it's hard to sign in now that Google purchased Youtube and changed sign in options on me. lol I wasn't using it enough in the last several years (3) to stay current I guess. But a lot of my stuff is still one there. My problems with Windows 10 are numerous and I don't especially care for this video card by Nvidia so yeah I see all sorts of video issues with this machine. Sorry to ramble, but I really do miss my older pc that broke down recently had to switch to something newer and it has it's own problems along with Windows 10 OS glorified downloader OS. (I see a big difference in quality from Win7 to Win10 and ATI video card to a Nvidia card). You can check out some of my stuff if you would like to see some, at Wndy10010TS2 on Youtube. Note some of what's on there was recorded on diff machines so quality varies.
    "Games Are Not The Place To Tell Stories, Games Are Meant To Let People Tell Their Own Stories"...Will Wright.

    https://forums.thesims.com/en_US/discussion/958714/cinebar-custom-content-clothes-updating-links/p1


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