Best MPEG Streamclip option?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by musique, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. musique macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    I've been asked to convert 20 or 25 lectures recorded in Windows Media Video (Standard Def, WMV) to a format that's more Mac-friendly (for viewing, not editing).

    MPEG Streamclip works fine, but it creates files that are at least 2x the size of the original. Some of the options I've tried have created files that are 5x, 10x, or more.

    Is there one or are there several options for output in MPEG Streamclip that will convert the videos, but keep the size about the same?

  2. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    Why not just find a WMV plug-in for Quicktime? Sorry the name escapes me. Bought it years ago and collecting dust at work.


    Have you tried Adobe Media Encoder or Apple Compressor?
    VLC also opens WMV easily.
    How are the videos being presented?
  3. musique thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    The problem I've found with QuickTime or VLC playing WMV files is that you can't just jump to, say, 70% of the way through until it does an internal conversion first. With a 1.5GB file you have to wait for the player to do its thing for 5-10 minutes.

    I thought it would be a simple MPEG Streamclip conversion and that there would be one (of the dozens of options) that I could choose for each one.

    I looked at Flip4Mac and the trial version seemed to convert the first 30 seconds just fine. Unfortunately, those who asked me to do this don't want to pay for any additional software. If it were up to me I'd probably get the Flip4Mac HD converter for any possible future needs, but that's $179.

    And, I don't know if there's a plan to present them, just to have them available for those who want them.

    Thanks for your response.
  4. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    The difference in file size reflects the amount of compression and/or the size of the video; ie, x pixels by y pixels.

    You'll have to experiment and decide which one, for you, looks best when you play it back.
  5. musique thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
    OK. Thanks. I had hoped there was a magic bullet setting that would work for everything.

    Upon reflection, not my most well thought out expectation! With so many different formats and wrappers, it was an unrealistic one.
  6. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    I have the $29 Version of Flip4Mac. Works fine for me in SD. I don't know if you're doing a lot of (paid) jobs like this, but if you have to deal with Windows folks regularly, Flip4Mac should be in your toolbox.

    For client work: Educate them to give you only camera originals, no processed files. There might be some explaining to be done, but it saves you a lot of headache in the long run.
  7. musique thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2009
  8. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    Live camera projects such as lectures and training are a pain.
    Back in the day it was, turn on a VHS camera and let it go for 6 possibly hours.
    Well the minute someone asks me to edit that, I just say NO!
    Ill put a front end back end and maybe do some hard cuts but that would be tape to tape.
    Now today its amazing how things are almost the same.
    Who wants to edit a boring 2 hour lecture :)
    So basically you grab and output ;)
    So yes, try and get the original footage before they stick it into a Windows box and use Movie Maker as the acquisition tool :p
    Saves you so much time and lets you enjoy your job ;)
  9. mutantteenager macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2006
  10. cgbier macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2011
    It's 30% of my daytime job :eek:

    ... and I have to bring in the even more boring .PPT slides.... :eek::eek:

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