wmv to avi/mpg

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Grumps, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. Grumps

    Grumps Guest

    Hi All

    Before I download loads of free trial software, can anyone suggest a good
    tool for doing the above?
    I'm using Premiere Elements at the moment (it works, but it's slow).
    This isn't a DRM question BTW.
    Thanks.
     
    Grumps, Feb 15, 2007
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  2. WinAVI Video Converter
     
    Mike O'Sullivan, Feb 15, 2007
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    :Jerry: Guest

    Windows Movie Maker2!

    Import the clips, place on the time-line, make movie and select the
    output format you want, job done (works quite well IMO).
     
    :Jerry:, Feb 15, 2007
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    Grumps Guest

    Thanks.
    Although my PC says it has MM2.1, the only avi output available converts a
    300Meg file into a 10Gig one!
     
    Grumps, Feb 16, 2007
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    Grumps Guest

    Thanks.
    I got a demo, but it converted a 300Meg WMV into a 129k avi! No errors
    given. Obviously it didn't work.
    I did, however, run the WMV through a friend's AVS Video Convertor which
    worked quick and flawlessly.
     
    Grumps, Feb 16, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    It's probably saving the AVI in uncompressed form (ie not using a
    codec.) This is actually a Good Thing in a way, as you can now
    edit the AVI without degrading it further as happens if saved with
    a 'lossy' codec (most codecs are lossy) and then edited.
    Once you've edited it, you can then save (export) the edited version
    in whatever playback format you prefer (eg WMV, MPEG2/4, DivX
    etc etc.)
    You've discovered the only downside - uncompressed AVI's require
    huge amounts of disk space.
    HTH,
     
    Rob, Feb 16, 2007
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    IMO AVS Video Tools is the very best bundle of video conversion and
    handling programs.. I'd say its the best investment that I've made. It
    allows conversions between:
    AVI (DivX, XviD, etc.), DV AVI, MP4 (inc. Sony PSP and Apple iPod), WMV,
    3GP, 3G2, QuickTime (MOV, QT), SWF, DVD, VOB, VRO,MPG, MPEG 1,2,4, DAT,
    VCD, SVCD, ASF, ASX, MJPEG, H.263, H.264, Real Video (RM, RMVB), DVR-MS,
    MKV, OGM, FLV. AVS,
     
    Tony Morgan, Feb 16, 2007
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    Grumps Guest

    Only $40 too.
     
    Grumps, Feb 16, 2007
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    :Jerry: Guest

    [ in reply to "Grumps" ]
    It's only a problem if you want it to be, for rendering purposes etc.
    one can get away with external USB2 and Firewire drives - it's only
    capturing from tape were external drive can become a problem as the
    data stream *has* to be real time.
     
    :Jerry:, Feb 16, 2007
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  10. Grumps

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Although I used to advise against it, I've been doing it (USB2 External)
    for more than four months now with no problems. Though I had initial
    problems, I've now got my network drives (using Netgear SC101) working
    on capture. When on-site I also use one of the little external 120Gb
    2.5" self-powered USB2 drives on my laptop.
     
    Tony Morgan, Feb 17, 2007
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    Grumps Guest

    Hi
    I've downloaded the latest evaluation tools, but I have one little problem
    that these tools don't appear to cope with.
    Is there any way to 'normalise' the audio? Some of the video files I have
    seem to have very low sound level.
     
    Grumps, Feb 17, 2007
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    owen Guest

    http://www.top5soft.com/index.html
     
    owen, Feb 21, 2007
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