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dvdsteve2000
05-18-12, 07:28 PM
I have some vids that I want to convert. I took them with my camera and want to upload them, but they need to be able to play in WMP. What is the easiest/free way to do so?

I downloaded a program from vcdhelp and now I have a toolbar I can't get rid of, ugh!!

Thanks,

~Steve

Ranger
05-18-12, 09:47 PM
super
http://filehippo.com/download_super/

any video converter
http://filehippo.com/download_any_video_converter/

wmp? c'mon.
vlc
http://filehippo.com/download_vlc/

X
05-18-12, 09:57 PM
Today's giveawayoftheday?

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/winx-hd-video-converter-deluxe/

dvdsteve2000
05-19-12, 06:16 PM
Thanks guys!

JZ1276
05-20-12, 05:00 PM
xmedia recode. free. converts and media file to anything.

dhmac
05-20-12, 06:13 PM
You also could try Lightworks ( http://www.lightworksbeta.com ) free software, although probably worth waiting for the new release coming out in about a week.

davidh777
06-14-14, 11:54 AM
Sorry to bump an ancient thread but I have the same question and wonder if the answer is different now.

Basically I have .mov files that I want to add an audio track to in Adobe Premiere Elements, which doesn't accept .mov files so I'm looking to convert them to MP4. I tried a program called Free MOV to MP4 Converter, but at first it swallowed my original file, then it converted my .mov file to... another .mov file at 10% of the size. At least it didn't swallow my original this time, but it did this twice and I'm giving up.

A couple online conversion sites didn't work for one reason or another. Doing more reading has pointed me to Handbrake and to MPEG Streamclip. Quicktime Pro sounds like it will work too, and honestly I'm almost ready to just pay up the $30 to have something malware-free that will work. Recent QT reviews have been trashing it, though, so I'm also wary of that solution.

Any tips would be appreciated!

Drexl
06-14-14, 12:02 PM
If you're not afraid of the command line, use ffmpeg:

ffmpeg -i INPUTFILE.mov -codec copy NEWFILE.mp4

That command should simply change the container without touching the audio and video encoding.

Ranger
06-14-14, 12:10 PM
Another vote for FFMPEG! Ignore what I said about Super.

http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/

You can put the command in a .bat file via Notepad and put the .bat file in same folder with movie file and ffmpeg.exe file.

stevevt
06-14-14, 12:57 PM
You might be surprised about how many things online converters can do these days.

Example:
http://www.convertfiles.com/convert/video/MP4-to-MOV.html


Blah blah blah privacy, blah blah blah they have your files now.

Norm de Plume
06-14-14, 02:23 PM
Format Factory (http://www.pcfreetime.com/) is possibly the best free all-purpose conversion program I have encountered.

zyzzle
06-14-14, 05:35 PM
Without reencoding, and thereby losing quality, use ffmpeg to demux and remux the .mov container to an avi container.

It will also convert .mov to .mpg, but you'll lose quality, as the video will unfortunately have to be reencoded to the .mpeg format.

davidh777
06-14-14, 06:02 PM
Thanks for the answers!

Yeah, the quality loss is something I'd like to avoid if possible.

So FFMPEG would require the "build" to be downloaded then 7-zip to extract it (or would standard Windows extractors work)?

Not afraid of the command line but not superfamiliar with this kind of program.

zyzzle
06-17-14, 09:49 PM
Yes, you will need to get the win32 or win64 version of ffmpeg, and decompress that binary executable with 7zip.

The command you will type will be exactly what Drexl posted above. You will have no quality loss when using ffmpeg to simply copy the streams. The following command will also losslessly remux the containers:

ffmpeg -i inputfile.mov -vcodec copy -acodec copy outputfile.mp4

replace outputfile.mp4 with outputfile.mpg if you want to try the mpeg container instead.

davidh777
06-20-14, 10:04 AM
Yes, you will need to get the win32 or win64 version of ffmpeg, and decompress that binary executable with 7zip.

The command you will type will be exactly what Drexl posted above. You will have no quality loss when using ffmpeg to simply copy the streams. The following command will also losslessly remux the containers:

ffmpeg -i inputfile.mov -vcodec copy -acodec copy outputfile.mp4

replace outputfile.mp4 with outputfile.mpg if you want to try the mpeg container instead.

Thanks, zyzzle! :up: