extract video clip from .bin file

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Carol13, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Carol13 macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2007
    I have this movie in a .bin format, and need to extract a 10-second video clip from it. The quality doesn't have to be perfect, just good enough.

    Can I use iMovie HD to do that? What format would I have to convert it to?
    Or should I just convert it to .avi and import it into iMovie?

    I downloaded a trial version of Cinematize 2 Pro, but I think I can only extract from DVD's.

    Any suggestions? Thanks.
  2. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    Is .bin some kind of video file? Where did you get it from? I kinda recall that .bin used to be a type of archive file that could be created and extracted with Stuffit Expander, which is a free download for Mac. Did you try this?
  3. Carol13 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2007
    actually, it was a movie i d/l from a torrent. usually i get .avi files, but once in a while i get these .bin files (which play in VLC just the same). and yes, i do have StuffIt Expander, but it is not a compressed file.

    i have no experience with extracting or editing these files. i just need this one clip for a school project. i guess if i can't figure it out, i'll try renting the DVD, and try to use Cinematize 2 Pro. Do u know anything about extracting video clips? thanks!
  4. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
  5. Carol13 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2007
    hi thanks for your reply. i think i d/l vcd gear, but when i open it, i get a window with text in it called 'Completed Command' in Terminal. is this something really complicated? if so, forget it, but if it's a few easy steps, would you mind helpin me out? thanks.
  6. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Move vcdgear to somewhere in your path say /usr/local/bin or /usr/bin depending on how your machine is set up.

    Open Teminal.app

    cd ~/FOO
    sudo cp vcdgear /usr/bin

    cd ~/FOO <-- this has to be the full path to where your vcdgear binary is. ie. where you downloaded it to.

    Once you have done this (and you only do it once) you are ready to start using vcdgear.


    Make sure the directory with the bin is on your desktop

    Open Terminal.app

    cd ~/Desktop/FOO
    vcdgear -bin2mpg FOO.bin FOO.mpg


    You will end up with a file called FOO.MPG created from your FOO.bin

    cd ~/Desktop/FOO <--- change FOO to the directory name
    vcdgear -bin2mpg FOO.bin FOO.mpg <--- change FOO.bin to the filename of your bin and FOO.mpg to the name you would like to output to.

    This is reasonably simple but it does require you to not be scared of the UNIX like core of OS X.
  7. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I've had experience with these *.bin video files.

    VERY simple way to do it

    re-name the *.bin to *.mpg

    There ya go

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