Need a good mov to wmv converter program

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  1. kristenanne77 macrumors regular

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    A friend made a super high quality movie (really a slideshow of very hi quality pictures) in iMovie. It is a mov file. She needs to convert into a high quality wmv file for all her friends who have windoz.

    On her computer I converted her file within her iMovie to an mp4 (she didn't know how) because an mp4 will play on a windoz computer. But It was very grainy.
    Then I took the file and put it on my own windoz computer (got to keep one around because of all the programs I still use on it).

    I used applian video converter to convert this mov file to several formats which would work on windoz media player. I on the highest quality settings available. Still grainy. And noticed almost all the files were about 1/10 the size of the original so probably lost a bit of resolution from that as well.

    There seem to be some tweaking available for each of the conversion formats , such as frame rate etc, but I really don't know how to use them.

    Looking for tips on how I can convert to wmv that is about as clear as the original. I don't care at this point if it is the same size ( although a smaller size would be great).


    Another question on the same topic.
    Since she likes doing these iMovie things, could anyone recommend a good mac program for converting file types on her mac? This would enable her to do it herself and free up a lot of my time.

    Thanks
    K
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    .wmv is a dead format. What is more, you need a paid version of Flip4Mac to convert .mov to .wmv. Your Windows-using friends can view .mp4 just fine. Try the free Handbrake.
     
  4. kristenanne77 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Agreed. Personally I use VLC media player the most on both my mac and windoz to play a lot of my video formats. Unfortunately trying to convince windoz people to try something other than windoz media player is impossible. They are so plagued by battling viruses etc that they are afraid to use anything but Microsoft stuff. (Try to convince them to use safari , Firefox or chrome, instead of windoz explorer.. They won't do it. They are "afraid" to change.

    I will try handbrake and convert to mp4 and see what results I get.
    If it is easy enough to use I will recommend to my friend.

    Thanks
    K
     
  5. kristenanne77 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Gadzooks!
    Tried handbrake on my windoz.
    Converted to mp4.
    On first try. GREAT results . Better than my paid applian video converter!
    And file size was about 1/5 original.

    I can't wait to try this program on my mac!

    Thanks
    K
     
  6. kristenanne77 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Very odd. I just installed and tried Handbrake on my mac and it would not open the very same mov file that I opened and converted previously on windoz with Handbrake.
    It didn't recognize the file?

    Any clues?

    Thanks
    K
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    That is probably due to the codec, as it may MOV say on the outside, it might not have the same inside as another MOV.

    I employ you to watch that video I embedded.

    Anyway, as that MOV is probably using a codec not installed on your system, you can use one of the following three applications to analyse that MOF file to find out.
    When done, you can use the "Report" (VideoSpec) and "Export" (Media Inspector) button to export a report,
    attachable to your next post via the [​IMG] button.
    In MediaInfo you have to go to the Menu Bar, select View > Text and copy the text via CMD+A > CMD+C and paste it via CMD+V into your next post.
     

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