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VLC Conversion

Posted: Mon, 18th Jan 2010, 5:22pm

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Darth Stazz the Powerful

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I have mpeg files that are not allowing me to play on quicktime nor allowing me to edit on Final Cut. I tried converting them through Videowrap but it's not able to. These files will however play on VLC. What can I do in order to convert these files to a format that will allow me to edit them in Final Cut and Visionlab?
Posted: Mon, 18th Jan 2010, 6:00pm

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What is the source of the files? If they are from a camera you have, it may have come with some software that could convert it.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 1:34am

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The source of the files is an HD handycam. It did come with a CD which came with Windows software and I'm running off a mac. What I was hoping is that someone could lend a suggestion to a free program (money is valuable to me at this point) that's able to convert video files. I did try converting one of the files in After Effects but the file ended up being 10.2 GB when it was originally 351.3 MB! Also, the clip had no sound.

Also, the camera is not owned by me. So I do not have neither that nor the CD on me.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 7:28am

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Well, if space is a huge issue, but AE worked for converting, then convert to a more lossy codec to get smaller file sizes. You have to expect the files to get massively larger when coming off the camera if you want to retain quality at all though. Also the audio can be turned on or off in AE when setting up the render. But if AE worked, then using that will save you having to spend any money.
Posted: Tue, 19th Jan 2010, 8:13pm

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I'll give it a try.
Posted: Wed, 20th Jan 2010, 2:55am

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Thanks for your help Axeman, so I discovered that I'm able to convert the formats using windows movie maker. For anyone who reads this and is having a similar problem making a conversion, if you're able to get to a PC with windows movie maker on it, try simply putting the file on the timeline and re-exporting it in order to change it to either AVI or WMV.