3307 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2010 5:33 PM by Ricktoronto
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.
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.
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.)
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!
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.