No luck there either. Director was made by Macromedia, now Adobe. It is a multimedia presentation program. What works best is SWF files. QT do not allow overlay on top of them (so no annotation can be added over a QT clip). AVI, QT and others are kept "outside" the Director cast, and user loose the links (same issue with PowerPoint), thus I like to embed the clips into a Director cast.
You're not doing anything wrong. It's a change introduced by the 6.0.2 update. H.264 exports without audio will use the .m4v container. For now, you're best option may be to include the empty audio.
You are correct, I just tried again and that did produce an MP4 file, I guess what had not worked earlier was another setting I had changed (I have to admit I tried changing so many setting i am loosing tract !
Hey All, Well after soem trial and error I got something that works pretty good. Actually not using Premiere but After Efect (also part of CS6, and ihad not open this before). I can import a clip, crop to any size and aspect ratio i like, apply a greyscale effect and export to SWF all in one program, and one pass ! Thanks for everyone's pointers !
I was having the exact same issues. On export (without the Export Audio box checked) it would change to an .m4v file and was unplayable - even with switching the extenion back to .mp4.
My file had no audio so I wasn't exporting any, but when i checked the box and re-rendered it stayed as an mp4 file and it played back fine in all my video players (QT, vlc, wmp).
Now, in the past I have exported many, many .mp4's without the audio box checked and it stayed an mp4 and had zero playback issues in other programs, so this absolutely has to be a bug in premiere or AME (running 6.0.3 CS6 btw).
Great catch on this one, Cocovanna!
Yes, the m4v is correct, in that there is only a Video Stream, and no Audio Stream.
However, as many have discovered, some players do not handle m4v, or do not handle it correctly.
With an Audio Stream, even an empty on, the mp4 will be correct, and those problem players will handle it properly, including the "silent" Audio Stream.
Actually I had though I could do this in After Effect, but something did nto work after all. So i did the unthinkable, I open a compatibility mode window, reloaded Premiere 6.1, exported a real 256 grayscale, cut and past from the Windows explorer in compatibility mode, to a Win explorer 7 window, then converted through good ol' Sorenssen squeeze.
I should get a clip with no Patient ID to post so that some brighter mind can see if they have a less clumsy solution. I will try this afternoon.
OK I finally got a HIPPA compliant clip.
Here is the link
The zip file contains 2 videos: the native video file as exported by the medical equipment and the final product I use after conversion to greyscale and cropping.
The original file is about 50MB, the Flash file (SWF) is 2.2 MB.
To get from the original file to the final file, I had to
1) Capture the clip with Camtasia, "produce" it (uncompressed, it grew to about 1 GB)
2) Cut and paste the Camtasia produced file to a Windows virtual PC windows
3) Open old Premiere 6.0
4) There I can apply the B&W filter that results in a true greyscale clip, (not a grey RGB clip)
5) Crop to the desired size (in this case an oddball 543 by 523 pixels)
6) Export the clip
7) Cut and paste out of Window virtual PC into Win 7 the file
8) Open Sorenson Squeeze and convert to SWF
All the processes are done with "no compression" until Sorenson o/w the clip degrades too much
The Camtasia steps is because I cannot get Premiere CS6 to play the file (it opens but is all black)
Surely there must be a simpler way.