iMovie has beaten my ass
May 2, 2012 10:31 PM   Subscribe

How to convert an AVI to YouTube MP4 format.

I have done this many times before (Mac) but when I try to import the AVI file, it is greyed out. I know how to convert it from iMovie. YouTube rejects my format. ? it is an AVI file and I will gladly send it to anyone who can convert if for me. It is my son singing Mull of Kintyre, and I just wanted to show my Irish relatives him singing. Grrrr. I feel so stupid but I don't have Googled it and tried it and it is still "greyed out" when I try to import the AVI file into iMovie.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Use Handbrake.
posted by unliteral at 10:35 PM on May 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Sorry. I am on my husband's laptop. He hates me to d/l stuff. I can't figure out the handbrake, is there something else?
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 11:07 PM on May 2, 2012

Best answer: Check your MeFiMail.
posted by unliteral at 11:18 PM on May 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Miro Video Converter is free and very easy to use. It is geared toward smartphone ready formats, but it can do simple mp4 format conversions too.
posted by p3t3 at 12:24 AM on May 3, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I suspect someone's already done it for you? But just for reference, you should be able to do this on a Mac by downloading the free program mpeg streamclip. It can change a file from avi to almost anything you want.
posted by hungrytiger at 12:43 PM on May 3, 2012

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