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NJRonbo
Mar 30, 2007, 05:03 PM
Been a long-time PC user just switching to Mac.

I run a website that goes out to consumer electronic
conventions and takes camcorder footage of product
and interviews.

As a PC owner I used Pinnacle software to edit my material
and then save file in WMV format so that it could be uploaded
to our website and that anyone could watch the footage within
their browser using Windows Media Player.

Now I am a newbie Mac enthusiast and I need to do the same
thing.

I need a program where I can simply plug in my camcorder
firewire and transfer video to hard drive. Then, carefully edit
my material (removing stuff I don't want), adding titles and
fade-out. I then need to convert that footage to the WMV format
to upload for Windows Media Players.

Not sure if the included iDVD program will do all that -or- if
it will do most of the job but I would still need a program to
convert the files.

Can someone give me good advice on getting this all done?

Thanks!



icrude
Apr 2, 2007, 02:51 PM
there may be software out there for such a task, but if you want to continue doing things the "pc way", then just install windows and continue.
:apple:

Multimedia
Apr 2, 2007, 02:57 PM
if you want to continue doing things the "pc way", then just install windows and continue.
:apple:Brilliant! Yes why not just run Pinacle and Windows XP on your Mac?

The Mac way would be using iMovie and the $49 Flip4Mac WMV Studio (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studio.htm) to convert to WMV at the end.

OR

$99 Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studiopro.htm) 1 pass encoding
$179 Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro HD (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studiopro.htm) 2 pass encoding

icrude
Apr 2, 2007, 03:00 PM
Brilliant! Yes why not just run Pinacle and Windows XP on your Mac?

The Mac way would be using iMovie and the $49 Flip4Mac WMV Studio (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studio.htm) to convert to WMV at the end.

ya in that case I would just spend the $50 and truly switch....unless you want to learn iMovie and eventually final cut studio.

jdavtz
Apr 2, 2007, 04:11 PM
Why do you want .wmv files as your final output? Are you sure there isn't a better option for your intended audience? (Quicktime? Flash?)

Multimedia
Apr 2, 2007, 04:22 PM
Why do you want .wmv files as your final output? Are you sure there isn't a better option for your intended audience? (Quicktime? Flash?)I think he doesn't want to break his pattern and completely reinvent his world. ;)

icrude
Apr 2, 2007, 09:33 PM
I think he doesn't want to break his pattern and completely reinvent his world. ;)

you would think that would be obvious enough huh?

bmcgonag
Apr 3, 2007, 09:39 AM
Brilliant! Yes why not just run Pinacle and Windows XP on your Mac?

The Mac way would be using iMovie and the $49 Flip4Mac WMV Studio (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studio.htm) to convert to WMV at the end.

OR

$99 Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studiopro.htm) 1 pass encoding
$179 Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro HD (http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studiopro.htm) 2 pass encoding

I found this little jewel of a program that I use to convert my video files once downloaded to my mac. It may convert your final product to .wmv...i'm not sure of its formats, but maybe it will do what you need. It is pretty fast for me.

MPEG StreamClip (http://www.squared5.com/)

Hope it helps,

Brian