MacBook converting AVI files

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by embalmess, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. embalmess macrumors member

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    Hello, I need to convert a home movie AVI file, is there a way to do this so I can put it in iTunes? (convert to Quicktime?)

    Thanks!
     
  2. Knolly macrumors 6502a

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    Handbrake. Far more features than iSquint and also free ftw.
     
  3. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Download HandBrake 0.9.3 (latest version). Not only can it rip/convert DVDs, it now can convert just about any file via the ffmpeg project. I'm currently using it to convert Katt Williams, "It's Pimpin', Pimpin'" (.avi file) to a H.264 .mp4 file right now. My fans sure are spinnin'!
     
  4. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    I love me some VisualHub. I found that it was smaller and easier to work with than Handbrake was. It's probably a matter of personal preference, but I much prefer the simplicity of VisualHub to Handbrake. Also, the icon is way cooler.:D
     
  5. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    I dunno about that.... It's hard to beat a nice Hawaiian alcoholic drink! :D
     
  6. CalMin macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for Visualhub here. It can take nearly any format and convert it. It's the VLC of conversion apps.
     
  7. embalmess thread starter macrumors member

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    I have handbrake (love it, love the drink, love the pineapple!!) but it doesn't seem to "find" the AVI file that I dragged out right onto my desktop from iPhoto. Now, I have successfully converted movies into iTunes for my iPod, so what am I doing wrong?? Can someone give me the play by play?

    Thanks! DumDum

    p.s. It says "Source: No Valid Title Found"
     
  8. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    This is why I like Visual Hub more. It's simpler. There's less to eff around with.
     
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Can Handbrake do .flv files to Quicktime/iTunes format?
     
  10. embalmess thread starter macrumors member

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    PeterM.. I downloaded visualhub, I gotta pay for it after trial run, but I did convert my AVI to an MP4 and it still won't work in iMovie *sigh* :eek:
     
  11. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    I appreciate your open mind and willingness to give it a shot. I am sorry it didn't work out. Hopefully someone here will be able to help you get it on track.
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It sounds as though your video or audio tracks are encoded in an unusual way since VH and HB are having trouble with the file. Can you tell us how they are encoded?
     
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  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Open the file in Quicktime, then choose Window > Show Movie Properties to identify the codecs used for audio and video.

    That really depends on what you want it to do. If you want to transcode a Blu-ray movie, then Handbrake is much better.
     
  16. embalmess thread starter macrumors member

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    **sigh** It says I need QuickTime PRO and gotta buy it. I did just like you said, and my "show movie properties" was light gray but I could still click on it, says I need to upgrade. Sheesh, am I going to be able to figure this out?
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I guess I've been using QT Pro for so long I didn't realize that was part of the package. Plan B: Download MPEG Streamclip and Select File > Show Stream Info to see how they're encoded.
     
  18. jdsam macrumors member

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    What movie file properties does HB not support? For example I have an .avi that I would like to convert to .mp4 but it doesn't seem to work in HB. The file properties in QT say video track= DivX 5.0 and audio track=MPEG Layer 3. Is there a reason that shouldn't work?
     

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