.ram and .wmv files


    Feb 07 2006 | 5:54 pm
    hello, can anybody recommend a good macintosh utility for converting .ram and .wmv files to .mov files for playback in jitter (preferably a free/opensource one). i found flip4mac (http://www.flip4mac.com/), but exporting is a "pro" feature. searching on google is turning up a frustratingly large number of advertisements. any tips would be greatly appreciated, jeremy

    • Feb 07 2006 | 7:01 pm
      it depends greatly on the codec used within the WMV files (since its a container format, like quicktime).
      Id suggest looking at FFMPEGX , which is an open source front end to the ffmpeg en/de/trans-coder system. It can work miracles, but can be a pain in the ass.
      also try searching on www.macupdate.com, or www.versiontracker.com - there are a lot of utilities out there, but most that ive found arent worth a lot.
      Also, flip4mac 2.02 works really well, and the pro export component works as advertised, right from QT (and jitter too, if you want to go that route.. its pretty pain-free ).
      You might also try checking out the DIVX Fusion codec for mac (now Beta 2 I believe), which will let one decode any mpeg4/divx/xvid 3vix files, many of which are in wmv container formats. that might be worth a shot if your footage is DIVX wmv flavor.
      good luck!
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    • Feb 08 2006 | 10:00 am
      MPEG Streamclip can open & convert .wmv's and it's free. It can aslo demux & convert mpeg files, which makes it a must-have video utility imho. It's at: http://www.alfanet.it/squared5/mpegstreamclip.html cheers Roger