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Recommend software to convert Macintsh .mov files to something which will play on most Windows machines

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I have been creating a number of movies in Macintosh iMovie which can be saved as a .mov file. I have quicktime pro as well. I want to convert these to a format that can be posted to a website but be playable to the Windows community and folks who have not converted to the Quiktime viewer. That would be .mpg I think which would serve most generic Windows machines with Media Player.

Any recommendations as to a free or commercial software to do this easily? Final Cut Pro was recommended but aat $800 it is more than I am willing to pay.Thanks
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Quicktime Pro can export different formats (e.g. AVI or MPG4). You can buy it here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/

You are posting this in the Mac Apps TA, so I assume that you want a Mac application. Just in case you are also willing to use a PC app:
http://www.winmpg.com/mov-converter.html
http://www.convertzone.com/net/cz-WinAVI%20Video%20Converter-quicktime-mpg-2.htm
http://nickyguides.digital-digest.com/mov2avi.htm

Here is a OX9 app that may be able to do the job (I've never used it): ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/developr/drg/Multimedia/Jumpstart/VfW11-Mac/vfw11.sit




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by:zak1974
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You can use Quicktime Pro's Export command from the file menu to save files as AVI.
Just select the file type.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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zak1974, isn't this what I said in my very first sentence?
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by:ghwillis
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But as an avi file windows media player doesn't play. I think it needs to be a mpg or wmf file?
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by:Peter Loobuyck
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You should be able to export it as an MPG file in quicktime pro too..
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by:Peter Loobuyck
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My guess is to use quicktime pro for the best results.. Maybe there is software that works as good as quicktime, but you'll never pay less..
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by:ghwillis
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Quicktime pro will out put Apples mpeg4 (aac) format but Windows media player won't play these files. Even outputting avi format in Quicktime will not play without a special codec which is not widely available. This is like the old Betamax v. VHS format issues. I may have to break down and buy Final Cut Pro. Thanks.
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