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Olivier Prudhomme
Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 14, 2014 at 4:48:19 pm

My client will be showing the spot in a convention center and needs a wmv file.
I am not too familiar with these files.

1) what's the best way to create one: from FCP or using a full rez QT?

2) are there any quality options as for QT files?


Thx


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 14, 2014 at 7:26:07 pm

You'll need third-party software to do this: Apple doesn't naturally talk Windows Media.

Look at products from Telestream. Flip4Mac might do the trick, but it'll cost you. Something like $150.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Mark Suszko
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 14, 2014 at 7:42:34 pm

Flip4 mac is what we use. Though you could also try mpeg streamclip, flv crunch or even VLC, all of which are freeware or shareware.


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Olivier Prudhomme
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 16, 2014 at 8:23:47 am

forgot to subscribe to my own thread....

thx guys


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Olivier Prudhomme
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 16, 2014 at 9:16:25 am

I can't afford / justify the cost of Flip4mac.

VLC offers me wmv1 and wmv2 and then asks me to chose an Encapsultation format and none of them are wmv...

Flv Crunch keeps saying my QT format is Unsupported

any ideas?...

thx guys


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John Rofrano
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 17, 2014 at 1:45:52 am

[Olivier Prudhomme] "I can't afford / justify the cost of Flip4mac."
I don't blame you. Go to the Apple App Store and download the FREE version of Smart Converter. Drop your file into it and from the icons on the bottom select More | Microsoft | Windows and press the Convert button and it will convert your video to WMV format for Windows. I use the free version but there is also a Pro version for $14.99 that adds batch processing support.

~jr

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Olivier Prudhomme
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 19, 2014 at 7:01:12 pm

smartconverter kept crashing...

So I went ahead with the Flip4mac route... but what a nightmare with all the options to customize the settings!!!!!


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John Rofrano
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 20, 2014 at 2:10:15 am

[Olivier Prudhomme] "smartconverter kept crashing..."
Sorry to hear that. I've only used it on short videos but I don't usually make WMV since they are proprietary to Windows. One other option is to tell your client that MP4's play fine on Windows and would serve the same purpose but that, of course, is a client call. Any modern Windows version can play MP4 files.

~jr

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Olivier Prudhomme
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 20, 2014 at 3:49:51 pm

[John Rofrano] "tell your client that MP4's play fine on Windows"

it was too risky since the spot was a high profile spot for the client, being shown in a convention center during a meeting. Too much at stake to push them into the mp4 direction in case something failed. They want wmv, it fails... fine. Mp4 and it fails... then "why did you have us go with mp4?" :-)

But good to know for the future that mp4 plays on any modern windows machine.
And you're 100% sure right? Because I just had another request for wmv file


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John Rofrano
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 20, 2014 at 3:53:20 pm

I know MP4's don't play on Windows XP which is why I said any "modern" Windows PC. No one should still be running XP but it does happen. So if they have Vista, or Windows 7 or Windows 8 they should be able to play MP4 files without any problems.

~jr

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Olivier Prudhomme
Re: Exporting a full rez wmv file
on Nov 20, 2014 at 3:58:24 pm

Oh i see.

THx for all the tips guys


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