Is there a way I can use wmv files, without using Flip4Mac

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  1. iPowers macrumors 6502

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    Flip4Mac is pathetic. I can't make videos for it, because it doesn it half way. I can't import it into quicktime or imovie without it saying, "added on by flip4mac"

    I can barely even use it.

    Is there something else our there that can let me do all this stuff without all this stupid crap on it?
     
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    The basic Flip4Mac is little more than a WMV decoder plug-in for Quicktime. If you need encoding functionality, I believe you'll have to pay Flip4Mac for that. AFAIK, there's no other way to encode WMVs on OS X.

    Although, someone else might know better than I do...
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You are correct. Flip4Mac or one of its big brothers is currently your only option for handling Windows Media content on the Mac. For a while, Flip4Mac had competition from Popwire's WMV-9 Component. However, Flip4Mac bought it out.
     
  4. jdavtz macrumors 6502a

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    What exactly do you mean by "use"?

    If you mean 'encode into' then I think you'll have to pay for the Flip4Mac encoder thing.

    But think for a moment about *why* you want to encode into a proprietary format that isn't even the best quality available. What's wrong with H.264? (Open standard, higher quality, smaller filesize - but Windows users do need Quicktime or an equivalent installed) Or if you want super-accessibility, how about Flash Video On6 (I think that's the right one) - proprietary again, but more widespread than .wmv, and better quality than .wmv
     
  5. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I don't know what you mean by "use" either. Every .wmv I've played using flip4mac as worked great through qt.

    @jdavtz -- h.264 is just as proprietary as .wmv and final size and resolution all depends on the bit rates used. (way to keep the Apple is better than Microsoft spirit going:) ) If you want something not proprietary you should go with xvid or divx.
     
  6. phatphil macrumors member

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    If you're up for jumping into Parallels or Bootcamp, I would bet that there's a free wmv to mpeg converter for Windows.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    No. H.264 is part of the MPEG-4 standard, specifically MPEG-4 Part 10. Numerous vendors and developers use it. OTOH, DivX is based on Microsoft's rejected draft for MPEG-4. Xvid and DivX are non-standard by definition.
     
  8. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

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    i use flip4mac to play wmv files and Snapz Pro X to capture the screen and make a mpg file.
     
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  10. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    h.264 is what comes standard with every Apple product, much like .wmv comes standard with every Windows product-- that's why I said it was proprietary. Sure other people have jumped on and supported them.

    It seems to me that the non-standard xvid is supported more than either one because of 3rd party developers -- so I brought it up because it seems like the preferred choice, from my experience which is not all inclusive I know, for burning/ripping nowadays.
     
  11. SolrFlare macrumors regular

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    Proprietary standard or universal standard, bottom line is the only reason you should ever want to even think about encoding in .wmv is if:

    A) It's a corporate thing and that's what your organization has licensed to use(in which case your hands are tied)

    B) You want to encode video in .wmv format for a proprietary device that uses wmv for video. IE a xbox360(although the 360 does support mpeg-4 now, however it only supports 5.1 audio in .wmv format).

    Any other situation, use H.264 or another mpeg-4 based standard, you'll get much better results and OS compatibility will be a non-issue.
     
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Saying something is proprietary doesn't make it proprietary. Neither does asserting something is a standard make it a standard. H.264 is a published standard by a recognized standards-setting body. In this case of H.264, it is published by two recognized standards-setting bodies, the MPEG and the VCEG. Windows Media is not a standard at all. It is merely a Microsoft format.
     
  13. mark476p macrumors newbie

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    Quick question about Flip4Mac:

    I use it to view WMV files online. It gives me the option to "Save as QuickTime." Thus, when I do so, I have a QuickTime file saved onto my computer. My question is whether or not this is legal to do?
     
  14. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    Yes as long as you don't upload the files to the internet and call them your own then your fine.
     
  15. russell.h macrumors regular

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    Is there a way to make VLC play embedded stuff in Firefox? (Or Safari, I'm not too picky).
     
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  17. iPowers thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Guys playing the videos is no problem. That isn't my concern. Converting si the same. However, if I mport a wmv onto imovie, it says, "made by flip4mac" right on the page. If I export a video into wmv format, it does it half way. It is annoying really. I"m making my concern toward the importing part more.
     
  18. Iamtherealwoody macrumors 6502

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    I don't use flip 4 mac anymore, I use perinian to view wmv. I dont think itll help you though. Perinian is like VLC for quicktime, it has all the codecs and such.
     
  19. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i would recommend using VLC to convert the wmv movie. its very simple to do so and will be able to be played by imovie
     

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