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    good free video converter for mac???
    i need a FREE video converter for mac to convert .flv files into imovie compatible files.... any suggestions... ive tried a bunch but all failed
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    Have you tried MPEG StreamClip?
    Squared 5 - MPEG Streamclip video converter for Mac and Windows

    I'm not sure but it could be that you need to install Perian first. Give it a try without first, maybe I'm mistaken.
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    HandBrake might also do it.
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    Quicktime will do it, but I suspect the Pro version only.
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    Handbrake or ffmpegx.
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    You may want to look into Miro Video Converter. I like it for those times that I need a quick and painless video conversion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apple-Tutorials View Post
    i need a FREE video converter for mac to convert .flv files into imovie compatible files.... any suggestions... ive tried a bunch but all failed
    Now there's a surprise. I guess it's really true that you don't get what you don't pay for.

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    I guess:

    a) your time is worthless ... you've probably wasted more than $20 or so trying to find a free solution.

    b) these flv files can't be worth the effort if you're not even willing to pony up the cost of a couple of Starbucks to find a solution that actually works ...

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    I've been using Zamzar for years. Not a freeware application needing to be downloaded into your Mac but a online file conversion which has never let me down.
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    Handbrake, without a shadow of a doubt - it'll convert 720p flv files effortlessly into iPod/iPad compatible MP4/h.264 files.

    I've downloaded countless YouTube clips I love and saved them to my iTunes library using Handbrake (use Download Helper ad-in on Firefox to do this - it might come to Safari shortly, but AFAIK only works on Firefox so far).

    Check this out:

    - Original You Tube Video

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    - Conversion using HandBrake (900 kb/sec) average bitrate


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    Another vote for Handbrake

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