8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 5, 2008 6:42 AM by Redlimit835
Redlimit835 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hey everyone i just got my new MBP. And i was wondering what formats i need to have my videos in to play and edit them on my mac... my mac grabbed alot of my videos that i had from before that were i believe quicktime format. but i have new ones now in AVI that wont play on my mac or show up in the I-video library

Can anyone tell me what format these need to be converted to and possibly a free converter that i can use.. (Widows or Mac)

Thanks
DJ

MacBookPro 2.4 200, Windows XP Pro, New to apple
  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,850 points)
    It is preferable to have your videos in QuickTime NTSC-DV or Apple Intermediate Codec.
    MPEG Streamclip is an excellent, free utility to do the conversion for you.
  • Redlimit835 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    OK tried that clicked "Export to AVI format and selected the Apple Intermediate Codec. But i wasn't to sure what to put for any of the other selections. FPS i put 50 and prety much didnt touch any of the other settings...

    Ended up converting to a file that Ivideo at least imported but was nothing but a black screen with no sound... and i still got this message from quicktime..

    "Additional software is required for Quick Time to play this media. It may be available from the QuickTime Compontents Page"

    Did i set up something wrong of is it the videos.

    Thanks
    Later
    DJ
  • Redlimit835 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok second try same thing just picked covert to Quick TIme format.... and NOW I have sound but no video......

    half way there
    later
    DJ
  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,850 points)
    What, exactly, are the videos you are trying to convert?

    If they are MPEG2 videos (eg from a DVD) then you will need to get the Apple QuickTime MPEG2 Playback Component ($20, downloadable from Apple) in order to play and convert them, even with MPEG Streamclip. Because of the error message you said you got, it sounds to me like you have some MPEG2 videos.

    If you are converting videos on a Mac you want to convert them to QuickTime, not to AVI. If the videos are standard def, then you want to convert them to QuickTime using the Apple DV/DVCPRO NTSC codec (you will see this in MPEG Streamclip). If the videos are hi def then you want to convert them to QuickTime using the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC). Don't try stuffing an AIC video into an AVI file, it isn't going to work, as you found out.
  • Redlimit835 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    well the videos say that they are AVI videos, and i think they were recorded in "Hi Def" mode on the camera we used the other day. I'll try some more options on the converter see if they will work
    thanks
    Later
    DJ
  • MartinR Level 6 Level 6 (14,850 points)
    Just so you know. AVI is just a container. The video inside is encoded with whatever codec was used when the video was created ... could be MPEG2, MPEG4, DV, etc.

    Exactly what camera did you use, and what settings. "HiDef mode" isn't sufficient to know what the video actually is. It's far better to know exactly what format/codec the video is before playing with alternatives in MPEG Streamclip.
  • Redlimit835 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am not sure what kinda of camera it was i will see if i can find out what it was.. how would i be able to tell what kind of format the video is then??
    later
    DJ
  • Redlimit835 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I did drop the video into the quick time "VIDEO INSPECTOR" and in there it said it was such n such avi. and then it said format "XVID" not sure if this helps at all though.
    later
    DJ