The only company that I know of that is licensed by Microsoft to sell Windows Media Player encoders for the Mac is Flip4Mac.
The free version of Flip4Mac will let you watch wmv files. However, to encode, you will need one of the paid versions of Flip4Mac.
Just create your movie like normal in iMovie, then convert the resulting movie in Flip4Mac.
I was reading up on the Flip4Mac, and it says that Flip4Mac DOES NOT work with iMovie 08 or 09.
"Import the file into QuickTime Pro for conversion to MOV. You can then import into iMovie '09 for editing. To export as Windows Media, you’ll need to import your edited MOV into QuickTime Pro and then export as a Windows Media file."
Can this be true, Flip4Mac does not work with imovie 08, 09?
And, if I read this correctly, to save imovies as wmv with a new iMac, I need TWO additional products:
QuickTime Pro + Flip4Mac?
With the old iMovie 05 and 06, Flip4Mac worked behind the scenes so you did not even know it was there.
With iMovie 08 and 09, you convert the WMV files to a supported format before importing to iMovie. And you cannot directly export to WMV from iMovie. You must export in a supported format and then convert to WMV.
I do not know the answer to whether you need QuickTime Pro or not. Maybe somebody else will. But if Flip4Mac says you do, you probably do. If is likely that MPEG Streamclip, which is free, would work for this without the need to buy QuickTIme Pro.
One more thing. I just read that the new QuickTime X with Snow Leopard will play WMV files without the need for Flip4Mac. The article I read was not clear whether it would also convert MOV files to WMV. Haven't tried this myself.
Thanks. I have the Quicktime 10 and snow leopard.
I just opened a mov file and clicked "share" and my only choices were itunes, utube, and mobile me.
I have just one simple need. I want to import the:
1 video from my camera
2 edit a bit
3 save the video as a wmv.
Save what is done on the mac as wmv.
One of the paid upgrades to the Flip4Mac component (you decide which is best for your needs).
QuickTime Player Pro ($29 upgrade).
You purchase the upgrade at the Apple Store and receive an email confirmation with your registration number.
You install QuickTime Player from the Snow Leopard DVD (Optional Installs package) and upgrade it from the QuickTime Player / Registration preference.
You would import and edit in your version of iMovie and then export to QuickTime formats. Open that exported file in QuickTime Player Pro and export, again, to WMP formats.
Personally, I don't think creating a WMP format is worth the money or time required. Since iTunes and QuickTime Player are both free downloads for nearly any PC OS I would use the iMovie "preset" export options.
1. Thank you very much.
2. So, I do NOT need Flip4Mac? DO NOT NEED.
3. I do need Quicktime Pro.
4. I ONLY Quicktime Pro?
5. I agree with you about the hassle of creating WMV format. I am doing this to disseminate knowledge to my students, (some who will grasp at any excuse) and they are in a Windows world.
I am happy that QuickTime Kirk jumped in here, because he is the expert. If you want to know the amazing super powers of QuickTime Pro, check out his book.
Here is the way I think of it. QuickTime Kirk please correct me if I am wrong.
QuickTime Pro is a very versatile application that can convert and edit just about anything, if it has the proper codecs. It is the tool that you interact with as a user.
WMV is a proprietary codec owned by Microsoft. Flip4Mac supplies these codecs for Mac use under license from Microsoft.
Once you buy the appropriate Flip4Mac codec, it installs in your Library/QuickTime folder, and you never have to interact with it again, except maybe to upgrade it.
Now, QuickTime Pro (or other applications like MPEG Streamclip) can access this codec.
How did I do?