MOV to AVI file conversion

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ClaudiaInIowa Junior Member • Posts: 26
MOV to AVI file conversion

I have just returned from a trip to the Galapagos and have several video clips that I took on my SX10. I would like to use the Movie Maker with Media Player in Vista to make a slide show using pictures and videos from this trip. Can someone recommend a good software to convert these files.. or perhaps some other software to do that same thing that I could purchase if there isn't a way to do this. I have Photoshop Elements, but can't seem to figure out how to do this with that software either. Am thinking that it is the MOV files that only seem to play in quicktime. Our expedition leader did make a CD for everyone of the trip that has pictures and video and he said he used the software that came with Vista. He must not have been using a camera that had MOV files. Thanks for any help.

Rich625 Contributing Member • Posts: 744
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

The SX10 video is the h.264 format contained in a .MOV wrapper. There are a variety of video editors available. I use Sony Vegas Pro, others use Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum, PowerDirector or Ulead VideoStudio. It is my understanding the iMac's will edit the SX10 video.

Here are two SX10 videos I edited with Sony Vegas:
http://www.vimeo.com/2366812
http://www.vimeo.com/4281365

It is possible to convert the SX10 video to another format so it can be edited with Windows Movie Maker which is on all XP and later systems.

Here is a video which the decription includes instructions on how the convert the SX10 video so it can be edited with Windows Movie Maker. The program is free and relatively easy to use: http://www.vimeo.com/3121372

Rich

Lee Jay Forum Pro • Posts: 52,331
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

Prism video converter, free version.

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Rich625 Contributing Member • Posts: 744
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ljfinger wrote:

Prism video converter, free version.

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Do you use it?

Do you have any real samples, before and after, which you have done which can be viewed and/or downloaded?

Rich

Lee Jay Forum Pro • Posts: 52,331
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

Rich625 wrote:

Do you use it?

Yes.

Do you have any real samples, before and after, which you have done
which can be viewed and/or downloaded?

No.

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hamx15 Contributing Member • Posts: 534
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

Hi.... This in reply to you asking about a movie converter.

This is a freeware.....IMO it works well as far as converting.......

It is not an editor,but then you stated you had your ideas of your editing choices.
This is simple to use,Browse find your file,double click it,it's loaded.
Go to the far right select the output format of your choice.

Then click convert........ Voila ! You will need to state where you want the converted file placed.... I usually choose Desktop

Find it here.
http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/

Input formats:
avi, asf, mov, rm, rmvb, flv, mkv, mpg, 3gp, m4v, vob, YouTube videos and more

Output formats:
avi, mp4, wmv, flv, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, mpg (PAL or NTSC), mp3, wma, ogg, aac

I use this alot to convert stereo videos to .mp4.
IMO mp4 maintains excellent stereo....

.flv is good for compressing to a smaller file,good video.
I find better quality stereo,and good compression with .mp4

Both of these formats are great for internet viewing,and uploading.

However you will probably find that with both of these,you will need to download a good player..... there are many out there .... free.

As far as I know Windows doesn't support either of these formats.

"FLV player 4 free" is a great flv player.... It's free
http://www.flvplayer4free.com/

Rich625 Contributing Member • Posts: 744
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

ljfinger wrote:

Rich625 wrote:

Do you use it?

Yes.

Do you have any real samples, before and after, which you have done
which can be viewed and/or downloaded?

No.

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Thank you.

Rich

Stephen McDonald
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Any Video Converter is SD Only
zkee New Member • Posts: 21
this works for me

hello,

I too own an SX10 and work on Windows computers (and I frequently use Windows Movie Maker). After some initial searching and tinkering, I found the following to work like a charm, both on Win XP pro SP3 and on Win Vista Home Premium SP1. I can now more or less maintain the workflow I used when I still had my S3IS (which produced M-JPEG movies), be it that I now have to go through an additional step, using the tools described below.

All tools involved are open source and free to use in both private and commercial circumstances:

Good luck to all of you trying to get their systems set up for working with these relatively new .MOV/H264 video files. I too found them a little quirky at first but have gotten used to them now.

Warm regards,

zkee

Stephen McDonald
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AVS Video Editor 4 Works for Me

The program I use to convert MOV to AVI, is the AVS Video Editor 4. Instead of using the video converter program that comes separately from AVS, I just run the MOV videos through the editing and publishing process, without making any editing changes. I convert them to H.264 at 16 Mbps in this way and Windows Movie Maker 6 for Vista, can edit them into a WMV format. AVS offers many other output formats and Xvid MP4 is another one I use for sending edited videos to hosting websites. AVS will also edit AVCHD in its full native format. It works with AVC in 720p, but for some reason, doesn't handle AVC in 1080p, as it displays and edits it in a squeezed-up 4:3 aspect.

The AVS editing program costs $60. (U.S.) and you get dozens of other audio/video programs they produce and a key to any future ones. If you use a different computer from the one that downloaded it, you have to buy another subscription.
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vbjeff Junior Member • Posts: 41
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

If you are using Vista, you can use Movie Maker with MOV files if you install the proper CODECs. The easy way to do this is to install a CODEC pack like Vista Codec Package (which is free): http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

After installing Vista Codec Package, I can drag-and-drop MOV files from Windows Explorer into Windows Movie Maker. I don't think Movie Maker will import directly, but using drag-and-drop works well. After installing Vista Codec Package, you can also see a thumbnail previews of your MOV files in Windows Explorer. The MOV files will also play in Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center.

For those who want to stream videos with Windows Media Center, I found some freeware call Encode360: http://dcunningham.net/encode360/

which will easily convert the MOV files into WMV files. If you are using Windows XP, then you can convert the videos from MOV files into WMV files and then use Windows Movie Maker.

John Macri
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Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

I've just started using the latest version of ZoomBrowser EX to covert my SX1 HD videos. So far the results look promising but I haven't fully tested the output yet.

Use the export movie option and select AVI. I've been using the 1280x720 option.
Be sure to select 30fps also as it defaults to 15fps.

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zkee New Member • Posts: 21
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

vbjeff wrote:

If you are using Vista, you can use Movie Maker with MOV files if you
install the proper CODECs. The easy way to do this is to install a
CODEC pack like Vista Codec Package (which is free):
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

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this looked extremely tempting vbjeff, thanks a lot for the heads up. I loaded this VCP you recommended onto my Vista home premium machine, and indeed I now get to see thumbnails of the MOV files in Explorer (very handy), and indeed WMP can play them without a problem.

WMM however will also load the MOV files (and show the corresponding thumbnails), allow them to be dragged onto the timeline and play the movie signal, but for some reason WMM refuses to play sound. I may have to fiddle around some more with the VCP settings, though, as it is really looking promising so far. It would be lovely to get SX10 movies to play without hassle or conversion on native Windows programs ...

Barry Carter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,370
Re: this works for me

I use AVS Video Converter 6. Works great for all sound and video; including You Tube videos. Not free, but, you get what you pay for.

Ciao....Barry

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Re: Any Video Converter is SD Only

I'm curious, why is 'Any Video Converter' for only SD cards and not CF cards? What's the difference, if I may ask?

I just converted (using Any Video Converter) an .AVI file (471.4 MB) from A650IS to a .MP4(27.2 MP) for me to put on YouTube. I find that plenty useful - to reach my family/friends than sending the 'big' file by email. IMHO. (I keep the original on my HD.)

Stephen McDonald wrote:

And has a very low bit-rate. Useless for me.
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archiebald Senior Member • Posts: 1,499
Re: Any Video Converter is SD Only

sueanne wrote:
I'm curious, why is 'Any Video Converter' for only SD cards and not
CF cards? What's the difference, if I may ask?

I just converted (using Any Video Converter) an .AVI file (471.4 MB)
from A650IS to a .MP4(27.2 MP) for me to put on YouTube. I find that
plenty useful - to reach my family/friends than sending the 'big'
file by email. IMHO. (I keep the original on my HD.)

Stephen McDonald wrote:

And has a very low bit-rate. Useless for me.
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He was referring to SD as Standard Definition as opposed to HD

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sueanne Forum Pro • Posts: 19,664
Re: Any Video Converter is SD Only

archiebald wrote:

He was referring to SD as Standard Definition as opposed to HD

Ahhh, well thank you archiebald for clearing that up.

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OP ClaudiaInIowa Junior Member • Posts: 26
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

Thank you for this suggestion. If someone figures out how to get the sound to play also could they please post it.

OP ClaudiaInIowa Junior Member • Posts: 26
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

Guess I should have included this in my last comment... if you figure out how to make the sound play could you please post it.

vbjeff wrote:

If you are using Vista, you can use Movie Maker with MOV files if you
install the proper CODECs. The easy way to do this is to install a
CODEC pack like Vista Codec Package (which is free):
http://shark007.net/vistacodecpackage.html

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this looked extremely tempting vbjeff, thanks a lot for the heads up. I loaded this VCP you recommended onto my Vista home premium machine, and indeed I now get to see thumbnails of the MOV files in Explorer (very handy), and indeed WMP can play them without a problem.

WMM however will also load the MOV files (and show the corresponding thumbnails), allow them to be dragged onto the timeline and play the movie signal, but for some reason WMM refuses to play sound. I may have to fiddle around some more with the VCP settings, though, as it is really looking promising so far. It would be lovely to get SX10 movies to play without hassle or conversion on native Windows programs ...

OP ClaudiaInIowa Junior Member • Posts: 26
Re: MOV to AVI file conversion

I've just started using the latest version of ZoomBrowser EX to covert my SX1 HD videos. So far the results look promising but I haven't fully tested the output yet.

Use the export movie option and select AVI. I've been using the 1280x720 option.
Be sure to select 30fps also as it defaults to 15fps.

Thank you. I used this last night and it is working. At least there is sound too. I had even called Canon Support and they told me this software had no way to do this. Would be nice not to have to convert though.

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