6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2010 5:33 PM by Ricktoronto
Peter Holmes5 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I have downloaded some .wmv files, and tried to play them in both Version 10 and the Quicktime 7 Pro utility. I'm on an iMac using operating system 10.6.5 and I have flip4mac installed. The movies open, but seem to be streaming from the internet, and cannot be fast forwarded or edited. I have looked in the Quicktime and flip4mac preferences, but there doesn't seem to be any settings that address this. Help!

Peter

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • 1. Re: .wmv file play like streaming files in Quicktime.
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,475 points)
    With this kind of post it helps to have a link to the file source. How large are the source files? If, for example, it's tens of MB for a few minutes then it's unlikely to be streaming.

    Do you have the full version of Flip4Mac? There's different versions with different editing capabilities.
  • 2. Re: .wmv file play like streaming files in Quicktime.
    Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,630 points)
    The movies open, but seem to be streaming from the internet, and cannot be fast forwarded or edited.

    If by this you mean the file opens and the playhead starts moving but the "progress bar" is still cacheing data, then this is normal if the data in in an WMV file container. QT has to partially decompress the data for playback/use. If you want to avoid thios delay, you can save the data in its partially decompressed format to an MOV file but it will take up more hard drive space than the WMV file version. If you allow the file to decompress or load the MOV version and you still can't "scrub" or FF the playhead, then you may have a problem. As to editing/converting the file, as Limnos points out, the free Flip4Mac "Playback" component does not allow you to do any real editing or converting of the content and you would have to purchase one of the decoder, bidirectional or advanced codec packages to do this.

  • 3. Re: .wmv file play like streaming files in Quicktime.
    Peter Holmes5 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Yes I have flip 4 mac pro. I'm trying to play a .wmv file of 223 MB on my desk for a video that lasts 28 minutes. I have tried it with both Quicktime 10 and Quicktime 7 Pro. I can open and play it much better with the VLC--it doesn't stream, it just plays like a normal file. But I need to edit and convert the file to Quicktime.
  • 4. Re: .wmv file play like streaming files in Quicktime.
    Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,630 points)
    I can open and play it much better with the VLC--it doesn't stream, it just plays like a normal file.

    VLC contains its own WMV codecs which play directly from WMV "on the fly" while QT needs to know things like the file termination, as well as, check specific internals for playback. So VLC doesn't have to go through the preliminary decompression step. (As I said, you can avoid this if you simply use the "Save As..." command to save a copy of the partially decompressed file to your hard drive.

    Still not sure if you are saying the files will not edit once they finish decompressing for QT use. (BTW, I personally would use QT 7 Pro or MPEG Streamclip for editing/converting the files.)

  • 5. Re: .wmv file play like streaming files in Quicktime.
    Peter Holmes5 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Problem solved. I downloaded the free FLV Crunch converter, and now the movie is in Quicktime format which I can edit. Thanks for the helpful replies!
  • 6. Re: .wmv file play like streaming files in Quicktime.
    Ricktoronto Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)
    Peter Holmes5 wrote:
    I have looked in the Quicktime and flip4mac preferences, but there doesn't seem to be any settings that address this. Help!

    Peter


    There is. Open L4M preferences. Player tab. Advanced button. Add QT7 to the list of applications (use + sign) that must allow the file to load completely and it will then load completely and be quite editable. Toast and MPEG Streamclip belong there too, if you use them.