WMV file is my "bag of hurt!"

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  1. Michael73 macrumors 65816

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    I need to convert some wmv files into either mp4 or quicktime movies?

    How do I do this?

    I have Flip4Mac and even tried upgrading to the Pro version. I can't get the wmv files to open in Quicktime. I have a variety of other programs like Handbrake (no dice), Toast Titanium (no dice), Adobe Media Encoder (no dice), Quicktime X and Quicktime 7 Pro and nothing seems to work.
     
  2. Michael73 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I can open the files in VLC but I seem to get the audio portion of the recorded webinar only. Further, there seems to be no clear way to save the files out in quicktime or mp4 format.

    Basically, I have a client who wants to post some archived webinars and they're all in wmv format. When I realized what a pain this is on the Mac side, I suggested they make them available in a more agnostic format e.g. mp4 or quicktime. They said, "Sure, can you convert them for us?" I can't believe with all the software on my Mac, I can't find *something* that I can open these and re-encode them in a better format.
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    This is a classic symptom of a version of WMV that is newer than WMV-9. You may use either VLC or the QuickTime Player to verify the version of the video.
     
  4. ormie macrumors regular

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  5. kmaute macrumors 6502

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    Let me guess? Gotowebinar?

    They use a .G2M2 codec that is not compatible with anything. I run into this on a weekly basis. You'll want to download Microsoft Expression Encoder (the free version will work) to encode the video in wmv professional. Then, Handbrake or Visualhub can convert it. You'll need a windows box for this; I've found nothing else that will work.

    I hate Gotomeeting for this.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Oh, please:rolleyes: How many times do you have to be told that Perian does not do WMV?
     
  7. ormie macrumors regular

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    Well, I didn't know that so, that is the first time I have been told. Here's what it does do going by the web site. File formats: AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, GVI, VP6, and VFW
    Video types: MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivx, H.264, Sorenson H.263, FLV/Sorenson Spark, FSV1, VP6, H263i, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Snow, NuppelVideo, Techsmith Screen Capture, DosBox Capture
    Audio types: Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), and MPEG Layer I & II Audio, True Audio, DTS Coherent Acoustics, Nellymoser ASAO
    AVI support for AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, VBR MP3 and more
    Subtitle support for SSA/ASS, SRT, SAMI
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As you can see, WMV is not on the list.
     

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