Converting MOV files...plz help!

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Does anyone know what frame size and quality I should choose when I am exporting my home videos to MPEG-4. I simply want them to play on my television nicely and be able to back them up at good quality. I can’t figure it out to save my life. Please help. reply

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Hi just tried to use streamclip to convert .mov files on my mac to mpeg4 files to play in windows movie maker (i need to get them into power point). but when i converted them windows media player didn’t recognise them. ive tried a couple of different variation but i don’t seem to be doing it right. Does it matter if i convert on my mca or pc?

Any suggestions appreciated. reply

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Stephanie wrote:
OMG..I was on here looking at some of ur stuff...and I used a link that someone posted to convert my .mov file to .mpeg file....and it worked!! thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!

Well, Stephanie, which one did you use???? There are several mentioned. Was it user friendly? reply

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JamieW wrote:
Today I got a disk in the mail from a friend of mine in another country containing pictures and movies.

The movies are in .MOV format - obviously that’s what her camera saves them as, and they play alright on QuickTime.

But for some reason there is no sound on them which is really disappointing. She told me that her camera recorded sound.

Is this something to do with the format they are in? Any ideas on what’s gone wrong here and if converting the files would help any?

Thanks very much.

as silly as this may seem - did she record the video with her sound turned on on her camera? my camera does the same thing and i forgot to turn on the sound once..then i forgot to turn on my speakers...lol..must have been a bad day for me..after that all was fine and has been since.. reply

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I have been trying to find something to convert my .mov files that is for “dummies”. Streamclip is awesome!! It is so easy! Thanks for the help! reply

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I guess I spoke too soon. Like Chris1977 said, windows media player does dot recognize the .mp4 extension reply

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I had to export my .mov file to an .avi file, then windows media player could open it. Chris1977, that may work for you! reply

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Find a program called Quicktime alternative (free) and much more stable on windows and apple’s quicktime which seems to be harsh on Windows Machines. reply

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how can i download photo and videos to my mp3 player reply

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This is the most rediculous thing ever! I have been sitting here using the RAD/BINK software to convert my files...thing is...I have no idea what file it needs to convert to, to give me both sound and picture on my .mov clips. I have tried EVERYTHING! I have now 3 duplicates of the same video clip .mov file. One is .mov, one is .avi and one is .wma - NONE of which are playing both video and audio when I play the clip in Movie Maker which is my whole point! I want to use these clips in windows movie maker but I can’t because I can’t get the dang thing to work right! And converting a file? You might as well be speaking japanese! HELP!!! Why do they make it so difficult? Now I am without sound completely on the .avi file and without picture on the .wma file and can not play the .mov file at all in movie maker unless I view it from my Kodak software...which doesn’t help me when trying to make a slide show thru movie maker! ugghhh!
Thanks for listening to me vent. Please help! reply

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You can burn your video to DVD for playback on DVD player.
DVD movie is encoded by MPEG2 standard.
The encoder, resolution, aspect, bit rate, frame rate are fixed. And your video will be converted into .IFO, .VOB,.BUP files.
It’s unnecessary to know details about this. Just follow the step by step guide(How to Burn Video to DVD) to finish it. reply


Thank you Mark M, you solved all my problems! I couldn’t find any converter that Movie Maker would accept and yours worked like a charm.

Mark M wrote:
try to use AVS Video Converter

It supports virtually all video formats:
- Video: AVI, DivX, XviD (*.avi, *.divx, *.div), MPEG-4, H.264 (*.mp4, *.m4v), MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (*.mpeg, *.mpg, *.m1v, *.m2v, *.dat, *.mpe), DVD (*.ifo, *.vob, *.vro), DV AVI (*.avi, *.dv, *.dif), Quick Time (*.mov, *.qt), WMV, WMV-HD (*.wmv, *.asf), 3GPP, H.263 (*.3gp, *.3g2, *.3gpp, *.3gp2), Real Video (*.rm, *.rmvb), SWF (*.swf), DVR-MS (*.dvr-ms).

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My Nikon takes video and .mov. I have had this camera for 2 years and taken many video’s along with photos and enjoyed re watching and listening to them. Recently I went to a photo file to re watch a video and it was blank and no sound. the default to open was PhotoImpressions but I don’t remember changing it to that. Why would a .mov file open and now it won’t? I tried going back to years and years worth of video files saved and they do the same thing. My camera is a Coolpix and my operating system is Vista.
Any help would be appreciated. [e-mail removed to spare you from spammers] reply

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kbezold wrote:
My Nikon takes video and .mov. I have had this camera for 2 years and taken many video’s along with photos and enjoyed re watching and listening to them. Recently I went to a photo file to re watch a video and it was blank and no sound. the default to open was PhotoImpressions but I don’t remember changing it to that. Why would a .mov file open and now it won’t? I tried going back to years and years worth of video files saved and they do the same thing. My camera is a Coolpix and my operating system is Vista.
Any help would be appreciated. [e-mail removed to spare you from spammers]

The official player for MOV files is QuickTime Player. It’s really not that great, but it works. VLC’s probably better though. If your file associations got messed up, right-click the file, pick open with, and check the box always open file with this program after you pick the one you want.
If you want to convert your Nikon camera files to AVI, try MP4CAM2AVI. As I recall, Nikon MOV files are Photo JPEG, so it should work.
http://mp4cam2avi.sourceforge.net/
Freeware and excellent (I recommend using many files -> many files, and no recompression both for audio and video in order to preserve quality.)

If for some reason the files don’t get recognized in MP4CAM2AVI, I’d suspect file corruption, or perhaps a failing drive. reply

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Hey! I had a good luck with this Wondershare Video Converter. You can give it a shot. reply

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Annon - #74 thank you for the information. The thing is, when I right click on the image it only gives me photoimpressions to choose from, not a list of many like some other right clicks of the past. I did go to the web site and printed so I can check on the mp4cam2avi later. Thank you again. reply

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hi lily.
I had some .mov files. Your suggestion came handy. I used winavi converter. It worked for me. Thanks. Anan reply

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(Sorry if posted more than once)

You could try

It is Freeware, free :)

Pazera Free MOV to AVI Converter form
http://www.pazera-software.com/products/mov-to-avi-converter/

I found this useful and good if very slow conversion, (2 pass).

Yes it does 1920x1080 convertion, and others if required

Also this and other software cause Black pillar box bars on the right and left once the video, (avi) is in in MovieMaker

More video links at www.acomputerportal.com reply

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