.wmv to Mpeg-4 or h.264

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  1. Sweener88 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,
    im a new swticher and i have some videos form my trip to europe in .wmv format which i want to edit using imovie. however i dont knwo how to convert them! iv treid googleing a converter but cant seem to find one that works on mac osx. all help is apprectaited!
     
  2. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    flip4mac

    http://flip4mac.com/

    i think the pro version will do what you want.
     
  3. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a

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    When I tried it before the audio got progressively more delayed as the movie progressed so by 1.5 hours it was a few seconds off.
     
  4. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    or...convert into avi.


    if flip4 mac doesn't work, find a program to convert the wmv's into avi's, which should work in imovie.

    try visiting the apple boards too. it's another great site like this one:

    http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=141

    run a search on wmvs..see if anything comes up
     
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    iSquint is what I've been using to convert .wmv files to .mp4 or h.264. http://www.isquint.org/

    it downsamples the resolution by default, but the advanced options will let you preserve the resolution that it may have been before. It will hiccup on some .wmv files...but has worked for me most of the time.
     
  7. disconap macrumors 68000

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    The free version can too, if you have Quicktime pro. Download the .wmv file, drag and drop it onto a web browser (I suggest Firefox or Safari), then click the bottom right pull down menu and choose "save as .mov". Simple and easy, and doesn't require something like running FFMpeg, which is a great conversion app, but I find it to be lower quality than just using Quicktime Pro. Plus, you to watch browser WMVs as Quicktime files with the free Flip4Mac download, which I personally love.

    And as far as I know, the pro version of Flip4Mac can only convert TO .wmv; I haven't seen people have much luck opening files in Quicktime with it.
     
  8. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, didn't read this first. That blows.

    Try FFMpeg, I don't know if it has Universal support yet, but it is a great app.

    http://ffmpeg.sourceforge.net/
     

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