Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to joannetala)
If you're playing back a WMV created with the free version of Flip4Mac and not one from another source, it may be watermarked and/or truncated. If you weren't the one who created it, tell the person who did.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2012 10:15 AM (in response to joannetala)
To add to what was already stated...
According to the specs, QT 7 Pro is already bundled with the Flip4Mac plug in, so I don't understand why I still see the logo.
And what specs are theses? The QT 7 Pro key is is sold by Apple and merely activates the editing and export features of the QT structure embedded in the current Mac OS X software. QT 7 (with or without the "Pro" key) does not support Windows media content. In a similar manner, Flip4Mac media is a Microsoft product marketed to Mac owners for Micrsoft by Telestream which provides the codecs required for plaback, conversion, and/or export of Windows media but which does not actually key QT 7 for editing or connect QT routines to the Flip4Mac export codecs.
Do I alsno need to buy the license for Flip4Mac?
That depends on how you plan to use the software. The "free" Flip4Mac codec allows QT 7 Pro to play Windows media content and to "demo" the export of Windows media content. If you wish to convert Windows media to QT supported compression formats, then, yes, you have to purchase the "Player Prto" ($29) codec which allows you to import/convert WMV files to QT compatible files. If you wish to add the ability to export QT compatible content to WMV using basic WMV presets, then you have to spend another $20 to add the Flip4Mac export codec (or spend $49 for both the import and export "Studio" package). Lastly, if you want to import/export HD content and/or perform "custom" export of WMV media, then you have to either upgrade to the $179 Flip4Mac "Studio Pro HD" package. Your problem here is that Apple is selling one proprietary product (QT 7 export and editing features) but Microsoft/Telestream is selling the codecs used by the QT 7 Pro app and both are needed if you wish to export WMV content.
Since both the QT 7 and Flip4Mac playback software is available for free, it is up to you to decide whether or not to distribute your files as QT or Windows media content. While I do own the Flip4Mac "Studio" package in order to send video to my sister (who, after 8 or 9 years has yet to install and maintain the routine operation of the QT player on her periodically changing Window's PC platforms), I use QT H.264/AAC (with or without AC3 secondary audio and/or chapter tracks) for all public postings to my personal server and private AirVideo streaming of iTunes managed content. My feelings are that if you are posting content for viewing by others, then they can download/use the free QT software or go without viewing my content—whichever pleases them more.iMac, OS X Mountain Lion, 3.4 GHz Quad Core i7, 4 GB 1333 MHz