Editing .AVI files on a mac?

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  1. shmay macrumors newbie

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    I just want to piece together a few clips from .avi movies, but of course I cannot do that with iMovie. I wish that I could use Movie Maker. Anyway, is there a way to edit .avi files on mac, without resorting to converting them to .mp4 or mov and quadrupling their size?

    Thank you.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Maybe Adobe Premiere can help, but as .avi files normally use highly compressive MPEG-4 codecs like Divx or Xvid, and as MPEG-4 codecs are only meant for delivery and not editing, you might not get around transcoding the .avi files to a proper editing format like QuickTime (.mov container) using the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) for video and Uncompressed for audio.
    If you want to edit properly, and WMM is not a proper editing tool, there is really no way around transcoding when you want to use iMovie (not a proper editing tool too, but thousand times better than WMM).
     
  3. shmay thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Could you recommend a good converting program? I've googled around, but mainly ran into a bunch of advertising pages.
     
  4. atticus18244fsa macrumors 6502

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    I use Adobe Premiere for putting clips together and MPEG Streamclip to split clips up and convert.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    MPEG Streamclip, it even has a Batch List (CMD+B), thus you can add several video files to a list and let MSC transcode them all to the same format and only have to set the settings one.
     
  6. shmay thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a bunch. I'll try trimming and converting with MPEG Streamclip, then do whatever with iMovie.
     

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