Free video converter for mac?

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  1. yOyOYoo macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone recommend a good (preferably free) video converter for mac? I'd like to upload some videos online, but they are too big. Just want something simple that will reduce the file size.

    Thanks.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    What format are they in and what format would you like them to be in?

    Anyway, MPEGStreamClip is always good for multiple formats, and free.

    iSquint is good, but specializes in converting to mp4 for iTunes, free as well.
     
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  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Not always, and that is rather complex for merely reducing the file size.
     
  5. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Depending on the formats you're converting from and to, you can probably use something like iSquint or FFmpegX. Last time I checked, both were free.
     
  6. messedkid macrumors 6502

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    Not sure if it's because I have the PRO version, but try Quicktime.


    Make sure you have the perian codec installed. It's free and is "the swiss-army knife for Quicktime", which will let you play almost every (haven't found one that wouldn't) format in quicktime.

    Open the video file.
    Click File -> Export.
    Pick a name and save location for your new video.
    Pick a video type you want to convert to.
    Click save.


    Sorry if this does not work with regular Quicktime. Since Quicktime Pro is not free.
     
  7. yOyOYoo thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm working with .avi file. I would prefer to keep it as an avi file. Can MPEGfilestream do this easily?
     
  8. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    FFmpegX can, but I've never used MPEGFileStream
     
  9. messedkid macrumors 6502

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    My suggestion can do what you ask.

    You can save a AVI as a AVI, and change some parameters around in the export options. ie. Make the resolution smaller.
     
  10. sharky05 macrumors regular

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    I'd reccomend mpeg streamclip 10X over ffxmpeg - much more easy to use.
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it can.
     
  12. gracemac macrumors newbie

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    iSquint was discontinued
    any other recommend except ffmpeg? i am looking for the same tip
     
  13. Chundles macrumors G4

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    iSquint is now available under it's new Open Source name of PunyVid. There was a link in a thread earlier today discussing the new version of VisualHub (since it was discontinued and picked up by the O.S. community it's now called FilmRedux).


    Here it is...

    It's half way down between Part 1 and Part 2. There's a link. They're both free now so you may as well use FilmRedux - it doesn't have an icon yet but it seems to work well enough.

    http://www.iskysoft.com/article/how-to-build-isquint-and-visualhub.html#121
     
  14. adityashah1989 macrumors 6502

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    I want convert from avi to mp4 for my iphone. Which is the best software? I have a macbook pro.
     
  15. munkery macrumors 68020

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    HandBrake, which is free, is able to do that now that it can handle more input formats. You can alter the file size in the video settings and the amount of pixels in the picture settings in the video settings.

    Handbrake has presets for this specific function.
     
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  18. Paul Graham macrumors regular

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    Holy thread res batman...

    Anyway.

    I was wondering if there is anything free and easy to use thats out there now that will work on an eMac G5? ( the one in my sig ) Its running OSX 10.5.8
    And specifically, I would like to convert .flv files to mpeg-4 for ipod nano g4 or g5. ( i forget which gen it is now lol )
     
  19. simsaladimbamba

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    Handbrake and its iPod presets will do just fine.
    It did even work on my G4 iBook with Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
     

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