free converter from .mov to mpeg2

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by comebackdwn, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. comebackdwn macrumors regular

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    ok. ok. now i know mpeg2 is not the best video format. but it is what i need.

    i am converting from .mov, however i dont have money to pay for a fancy converter.

    does anyone know of one that will convert to mpeg2 and still keep the quality that is either free, or very cheap?
     
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

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    MPEG Streamclip (freeware) should do what you want. However, you should realize that by compressing to MPEG-2 (or any MPEG format), you will be losing some quality.

    -DH
     
  3. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    DH, I may be mistaken, but I don't think MPEG Streamclip will let you *encode* into MPEG2, only decode or transcode an existing MPEG file. For MPEG2 encoding I think he'll need something like mencoder or ffmpeg ( or ffmpegX which allows you to choose either )

    ffmpegX is shareware, but ffmpeg and menchoder are free ( they are commanline tools with no handholding, so be prpared to read documentation, combackdown )

    If I'm mistaken about MpegStreamclip, please let me know.
     
  4. comebackdwn thread starter macrumors regular

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    you are right about mpegstreamclip. that will convert to many other video formats, however, the only mpeg is 4.

    i will look into your other suggestions. thank you.
     
  5. -DH macrumors 65816

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    You may be right ... I'm not near my Mac right now to verify though. I have used MPEG Streamclip to create muxed MPEG-2 transport streams ... but as I recall, I did use Compressor to encode the original video to a raw MPEG-2 file first.

    Sorry for my error.

    -DH
     

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