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Need to convert AVI files to MPEG4 using free software


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Hi,

I need free software that will convert my AVI video clips into MPEG4. I will be editing some of these in iMovie 6.0.3 (yes, the old one, not 06). Currently I can import the video clips into iMovie, but there is a transparent banner across the screen that reads 'Created with Flip4Mac WMV demo', which is allowing the clip to be seen, and presumably I would have to buy this programme to be rid of the banner (but I would prefer a free one as all I want to do is convert it, and will do the editing in iMovie).

Someone recommended Handbrake.fr as a good option, but unfortunately it no longer supports my older OS X 10.4.11.

I would really appreciate it if someone could recommend a good, free AVI to MPEG4 programme that would support my older OS X. Thanks.

Gaby
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try googling isquint.
thts what i use!
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Thanks Zigdog, I had looked at this, but understood it to be "an iPod video conversion application", and wasn't sure if the converted file would be useable for iMovie? Can you please confirm?

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Hi Zigdog,

Just wanted to let you know I've now used iSquint to convert my AVI files - thanks for your tip. The only drawback with the now converted MPEG4 files is the quality is not quite as good as what my AVI clips were displaying courtesy of the free Flip4Mac player (in iMovie where I'm editing), even with adjusting the settings when doing the conversion. But at this stage it's not too critical.

However, in the future I may have buy the Flip4Mac if I really want to boost the quality (I'm assuming that the purchased product will do this). Otherwise in the meantime I'm still interested to hear from anyone who knows of a good quality free conversion software for AVI files to MPEG4, supporting Tiger.

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Hi panamadany,

Thanks for your response, unfortunately Handbrake no longer supports Tiger, and I've tried MPEG Streamclip and it didn't work.

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Hi panamadany,

Thanks for your response, unfortunately Handbrake no longer supports Tiger, and I've tried MPEG Streamclip and it didn't work.
Can you be more specific about "didn't work?" I do this sort of thing all the time with MPEG Streamclip (AVI to MP4) -- when I'm not using VisualHub or Redux Encoder to do the same thing.
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I'm just curious - if it's just an AVI file, you should be able to use the file (watch, transcode, etc.) with just Perian ( Perian - The swiss-army knife of QuickTime components ) installed. Flip4mac is only really needed for WMV files.

And you should be able to transcode with mpegstreamclip, isquint, etc. without problem (although there is a chance you will need to remove flip4mac to make sure that perian is used for working with the avi file...)

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Have a look at Video Monkey too

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Hi chas_m,

You asked if I could be more specific about MPEG Streamclip not working:

After downloading MPEG Streamclip I clicked on "Open Files" the result was a white box where the 1st frame of the clip should have been appearing (the name of the correct file was appearing above this white area). Doubtful, I proceeded with the conversion to "Export to MPEG-4", but not surprisingly this resulted in the same empty whiteness. For some reason it couldn't read it.

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I use Total Video Converter for everything. The program will convert any video file to ANY video file. It's great! I think its like 20 or 30 bucks but it is well worth it.

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hey, have a try any video converter which can convert between any video files. good luck
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Hi chas_m,

You asked if I could be more specific about MPEG Streamclip not working:

After downloading MPEG Streamclip I clicked on "Open Files" the result was a white box where the 1st frame of the clip should have been appearing (the name of the correct file was appearing above this white area). Doubtful, I proceeded with the conversion to "Export to MPEG-4", but not surprisingly this resulted in the same empty whiteness. For some reason it couldn't read it.

Cheers,
Gaby
Adding Flip4Mac WMV Player and Perian should do the trick and make MPEG Streamclip (or any of the other conversion programs) work as you expect.
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Hi Chas M,

I just read what you suggested to Gaby last year, who also owns a Mac OSX 10.4.11 as I do. I am trying to convert .VOB files to MPEG4 Do you know if downloading Perian and Flip4Mac WMV player as you suggested to her, will help me do that? I have been trying to find a free conversion software. I already have MPEG Streamclip but I don't want to buy the MPEG 2 Playback Component since I read on Apple forum, that many people were angry about buying it and then finding out that they only ended up with the video portion of their conversion, but no audio. Some had success with it but others did not.

I have a PowerBook G4 Mac OS X 10.4.11 (2005).

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A member suggested handbrake.... and frankly It is easy to use and the quality is good.... you can actually change most format into mp4 with handbrake give it a try

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All the suggested programs on this thread require Mac OS 10.5 + Does anyone know of a converter that I can use on my older Mac Powebook G4?
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