Conversion software

dcaccount

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 17, 2013
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Hello,

I need to convert an AVI video file into a format compatible with iMovie.

I have read some threads about Handbrake and I wonder if it is the best solution or if there is something else (free) more advisable.

Is it virus free?

Thanks for helping, Daniele
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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I have read some threads about Handbrake and I wonder if it is the best solution or if there is something else (free) more advisable.

Is it virus free?
Handbrake is a reputable app. If you download it from the developer site, you don't have to worry about it including malware.

Macs are not immune to malware, but no true viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any since it was released over 12 years ago. The only malware in the wild that can affect Mac OS X is a handful of trojans, which can be easily avoided by practicing safe computing (see below). 3rd party antivirus apps are not necessary to keep a Mac malware-free, as long as a user practices safe computing, as described in the following link.
Read the What security steps should I take? section of the Mac Virus/Malware FAQ for tips on practicing safe computing.
 

dcaccount

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 17, 2013
253
6
Hello,

I need to convert an AVI video file into a format compatible with iMovie.

I have read some threads about Handbrake and I wonder if it is the best solution or if there is something else (free) more advisable.

Is it virus free?

Thanks for helping, Daniele
I have also found:
MPEG Streamclip: video converter for Mac & Windows

Has anyone used it? Please advise
 

talmy

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Oct 26, 2009
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Oregon
I have also found:
MPEG Streamclip: video converter for Mac & Windows

Has anyone used it? Please advise
I use it for quick editing of videos (like cutting out commercials). But I'd recommend Handbrake for format conversion.
 

FluffyBunny

macrumors newbie
Mar 1, 2015
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Hello,

I need to convert an AVI video file into a format compatible with iMovie.

I have read some threads about Handbrake and I wonder if it is the best solution or if there is something else (free) more advisable.

Is it virus free?

Thanks for helping, Daniele
Handbrake is free and does an excellent job.

Just be aware that conversion will usually degrade the video. Not noticeably if the original is high quality.