Easy way to downscale HD video (.mov) to SD?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by omgwut, May 21, 2009.

  1. omgwut macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2006
    Pretty much what the title says. I'm trying to get a movie file to play on an older system that doesn't have a GPU beefy enough to render high-definition video without chugging, so I want to know if its possible to scale the file down to standard definition so it will play smoother; and if so, what's the easiest way to do that?

  2. MacStew macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Handbrake will do this for you.
  3. omgwut thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2006
    I tried it, Handbrake won't convert .mov files.
  4. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    I don't know if they'll work but you can try visualhub or isquint. And you can try (if you have it) to import it into iMovie and export it in sd. But that will take some time I think.
    A paid solution is quicktime pro. If it will read the file, it will be able to export it. I believe there's even an option when you don't pay for it. (something like save as).
    VLC is able to convert it as well. (VCL is free, and extremely strong, it reads anything, is free, has never frozen on me).

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