Best software for making video webcasts and converting to WMV?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by NJRonbo, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    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

    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?

  2. icrude macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2006
    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.
  3. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    iMovie + Flip4Mac WMV Studio Is Your Workflow

    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 to convert to WMV at the end.


    $99 Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro 1 pass encoding
    $179 Flip4Mac WMV Studio Pro HD 2 pass encoding
  4. icrude macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2006
    ya in that case I would just spend the $50 and truly switch....unless you want to learn iMovie and eventually final cut studio.
  5. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2005
    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?)
  6. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    Reinventing Your World Is Hard Work

    I think he doesn't want to break his pattern and completely reinvent his world. ;)
  7. icrude macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2006
    you would think that would be obvious enough huh?
  8. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    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

    Hope it helps,


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