converting .mov files

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quote from dave:

...and i came up with to convert .mov file to avi was RIVERPAST_VIDEO CLEANER VERSION 5.1, useing this i am able to convert .mov to avi or convert .mov to wma(profile) without loosing video or audio sound quality,i do recomend this to anyone,doesn’t matter if you own kodak,fuji,olympus etc they all seem to use quicktime nowadays,if you want to post me write to davemazm@aol.com,and in subject heading please state its q about .mov conversion,otherwise i get rid of mail i don’t know who sent.

regards dave reply

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a free and easy way to do this is by downloading the windows media encoder, opening it and setting it to record a region of the screen , open quicktime and pick the video window on quicktime as the screen region, then set audio recording to stereo mix. click record on windows media encoder then click play on quicktime, it will record the video reply

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I downloaded the RAD video tools and the first .mov file converted but now every time i try converting another video it doesnt work. It takes a half an hour to convert and then when it’s done and i go to see if it opens with windows media it gives me an error message. please help reply

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HELP!! I need to convert MOV to WMV. I have FinalCut on my Mac. When I export to MOV, I get all of these compression options, like H.264 which it seems to default to. I need max quality in MOV format, but be able to convert to max quality WMV format if possible. I will also need to be able to convert the max quality MOV to lesser quality WMV suitable for web streaming.

When I export to MOV (using this H.264), I can’t even get it to work on my PC, even with QuickTime installed. I can’t get it to convert on my PC to WMV. Sometimes, I get a clip of audio, but no video. Is it this conversion setting? Sometimes, the video doesn’t even work on my Powerbook laptop... only my new G5 iMac. Is it my version of quicktime?

Here are the other conversion settings listed for MOV:
"H.261, H.263, H.264, DV-PAL, DV/DVCPRO-NTSC, DVCPRO-PAL, DVCPRO50-NTSC, DVCPRO50-PAL, Cinepak, Component Video, Animation, Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple Pixlet Video, Apple VC H.2643, BMP, etc.. WHAT DO THESE MEAN!!! Which one is the best? Best for cross-platform compatibility, and conversion to WMV?

PLEASE HELP!! THANKS SO MUCH!!
-Jay
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encode it to h.263 because h.264 only came in on os X tiger. when its done encoding bring it to your PC and then follow my last method reply

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THANKS!! That makes so much sense.. since my new MOV clips don’t seem to work even on my apple powerbook, which is a few generations old!
I’ll try that!


A FEW MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT INTERNET VIDEO ...

I have a few different video needs.. I need max quality video clips (up to 30min) to put on DVD, which I assume would be MOV at it’s highest settings.

But also shorter clips (1-5 min), I would like to have downloadable or streaming off my website. What’s the best way to do this? Make the clip in MOV, and convert to WMV? Convert to what settings in MOV? I tried a freeware, and it had all these WMV settings, like: "Dialup(28kbps), Dialup(56kbps), LAN(720kbps), etc...

What is the optimum, in terms of viewable quality and reasonably small file size, download ease, streaming, etc.. Is WMV even the preferred format? What about REAL player? What about making the movie into an SWF? It seems like almost everyone has Flash player nowadays, no?

Again, Thanks!
-Jay
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A little confused:

About the Riverpast Video Converter: I check on its site, and the way I read it, it costs $29.95, and I thought it was freeware? Also, does it run on Macs?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. All I need to do is convert .mov files I’ve made into avi or wmv, and if I could do that with freeware, that would be great! Looking for any and all solutions to this problem! Thanks much! reply

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well if your using a mac (like me) then ffmpegx should work, riverpast is not freeware, it never has been reply

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Thanks -- I downloaded it, and so far so good! So these will play on a PC ok? reply

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yeah, anything in mac os x can be sent to pc easily reply

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Something I must be doing wrong -- I converted the video last night and uploaded it to my work server, but when I tried to test it on a PC today, I got this error message:

"Windows Media Player cannot play the file. One or more codecs required to play the file could not be found."

Help! Thanks! reply

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whatever codecs your encoding it to must not be present on your work computer, first make sure you have windows media player 9, then set it to automatically download codecs, if this fails go to :

http://avicodec.duby.info/ftp/AVIcodec_1.2_b110.exe

this downloads AVIcodec which analyses the codecs, then type the codec name into google and download reply

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Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, Irish!

Bear with me -- I’ve been in video for years, but I’m still new to web compression techniques. What worries me is, if I can’t play these files on this PC at work, does that mean other PC users are likely to have the same problem? The only reason I’m even putting these files in avi is to make them more accessible to PC users (before I only used quicktime, but I know that alienates a lot of people), so I want to make them as easy to get to as possible!

Hate to keep bugging you, and thanks for all your help so far! reply

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well see avi isnt really designed for internet use, also office computers tend to be old and outdated (normally windows NT or 2000 SP1/2) which do not have a lot of video or audio codecs installed, try these settings :

either a vcd or MPEG 1 codec, try and customise it so it has these settings based on what resolution you want :

320x240 - 512kbps with 64kbps MP3 audio
640x480 - 800kbps with 64kbps MP3 audio reply

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Thanks again, Irish. This is actually a brand new computer I just got at the office a couple of months ago. I keep seeing "AVI" everywhere, so I assumed it was a standard that would work everywhere. Ugh, why can’t the whole world just use Quicktime? It’s working fine! reply

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yeah, i love quicktime, and yeah, even why cant windows media player play .mov files, i mean like quicktime plays windows formats, its all micro$oft’s greed in controling the market reply

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For a long time, we only provided .mov files on the site, with a link to download quicktime. I’ve only had one complaint from a site viewer, but that was enough to make me rethink that. But then again, RealPlayer plays mov files now, doesn’t it? At least, it does on the PC I use. I’m wondering if it’s even worth the trouble to put up files for Windows Media Player? reply

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another much simpler way of doing this is to buy a macromedia flash licence and output the files in an SWF format with a miniplayer control set in them, its easy and all windows and mac machines read flash files reply

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Hi guys, I too have had issues converting Mac mov files to be accessed easily with PC users. Had some success wit ffmpeg and some success with QTPro. Some success .

To cut a long story short, (and save yourself heaps of hassles and heartache and headache and most of all TIME !!) spend $29 and get either Flip4Mac or another alternative is WMV Export Component from Popwire. I did (somewhat reluctantly initially)and got hold of Popwire’s WMV Export Component. I had hoped to be able to convert my mov files for PC access without spending money - and I’m sure it can be done, but to me at least, the $29 was well worth it. My movie files are converted straight away as WMV files and accesed by both platforms. Macs with WMV player have no probs and neither do PCs.

Cheers reply

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nice tip, i have used flip4mac, which was ok but ffmpegx works well for me because it also exports in .3gp for phones reply

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