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Converting DV videos to flash video format


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I need to convert DV videos to flash video format on my imac g5. The process on the pc is to firstly install a Panansonic video codec, in order to edit the video. Is this this required when working on the mac?
The DV firstly has to be converted to XVID or VIDX to then convert to flash video format.
Is this process the same on the mac and are there any codecs that need to be installed before the process? Also are there any open source software that would convert XVID/VIDX to flash video format or even from DV to VIDX/flash video format.
At the moment i have final ct studio 6. Im not sure if that could do the job?

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Look at one of the many video conversion apps out there eg

visual hub
isquint
quicktime
ffmpegx
mpeg stream clip
etc

one (or more) of them will be fit to convert it for you
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I need to convert DV videos to flash video format on my imac g5. The process on the pc is to firstly install a Panansonic video codec, in order to edit the video. Is this this required when working on the mac?
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The DV firstly has to be converted to XVID or VIDX to then convert to flash video format.
Why the extra conversion? Are you going to embed this XVID/VIDX format into a flash file? Will Mac users be able to view that non-standard format?

It looks like Visual Hub might be a decent answer for converting to Flash.

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Just a clarification, quicktime doesn't do conversions to flash.

And with regards to the question "Will Mac users be able to view that non-standard format?", when I send quicktime/mpeg-4 videos to my relatives, about 25% of them can't view the video. Most people can view flash videos (eventhough they're lower quality)

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Look at one of the many video conversion apps out there eg

visual hub
isquint
quicktime
ffmpegx
mpeg stream clip
etc

one (or more) of them will be fit to convert it for you
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Ben,

I was referring to the XVID/VIDX formats as non standard. I did some extra reading and found that Xvid is suppose to be MPEG-4, but if so, why not just use Apple's MPEG-4 encoding. It sounds to me like the OP doesn't know his tools, and I learned something new too.

Your note regarding distribution would also be true about Flash with embedded MPEG-4 I think. I thought that was a feature they only recently added to the Flash capability. That means many many people would have to upgrade to be able to see such files. So for now it would be better to use the older video codecs available in Flash. I mention this more for the OPs sake.

By the way you could export to a .mp4 file instead of .mov file. That might lower that 25%. Although if you are near the 0% mark, Flash is clearly better for you needs for now.

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Just a clarification, quicktime doesn't do conversions to flash.

And with regards to the question "Will Mac users be able to view that non-standard format?", when I send quicktime/mpeg-4 videos to my relatives, about 25% of them can't view the video. Most people can view flash videos (eventhough they're lower quality)

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If you just want something that keeps the file sizes low, has decent quality and is watchable on almost anything out there, download Flip4Mac and export your video as a .wmv

Even though many Mac users may not like them, the fact of the matter is the majority of people out there have PCs and ALL of those are going to have Window Media Player on them.

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