.mov file converter + format advice please
May 11, 2008 10:49 AM   Subscribe

I have a .mov file that I want to edit with Windows Movie Maker (which came with Vista Ultimate). I need a free (and hassle-free) converter....and advice about which format is best to convert to. Eventual destination will be YouTube. Thanks.
posted by JtJ to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
YouTube takes .mov files just fine.
posted by k8t at 11:01 AM on May 11, 2008


The free version of Any Video Convertor can easily convert your file into an .mpg format, which you should be able to load into Movie Maker for editing.
posted by arco at 11:04 AM on May 11, 2008


Another free video converter is eRight's Super which should convert your file to something you can use in MovieMaker
posted by 543DoublePlay at 12:15 PM on May 11, 2008


I use WinFF to convert my .mov files to .avi for further processing in Windows Movie Maker. I don't think it really matters what you upload to Youtube because it will reformat to flash anyway.

FWIW, I think the final output quality of videos is far superior on Viddler.com.
posted by COD at 12:54 PM on May 11, 2008


MPEG Streamclip (free) will do it. Export as AVI... and choose Cinepak as your codec. I've tested this and it works just fine.
posted by crios at 3:28 PM on May 11, 2008


Try the open source MediaCoder.
posted by PueExMachina at 8:55 PM on May 11, 2008


Thanks for all of your help. I went with "Any Video Converter" (although they all looked good). It did the job with no hassle at all. YouTube....here I come!
posted by JtJ at 9:23 AM on May 13, 2008


Me again: It worked! Look here:
In An English Country Village

Thanks again to all of you.
posted by JtJ at 7:22 AM on May 14, 2008


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