I know that trying to edit a wmv file is not a smart choice to start the editing process but i really have no choice. My client gave me a couple of wmv files that they recorded on "Live Meeting" to edit.
Here is my problems: Even though the files that my client provided me are very small size (one of them is 50 minutes and it's only 7MBs, and its frame rate is 4 per second) the quality is okay since it's only the video of presentation. When i try to edit and export a 18 minute video out of it, the file size becomes 3-4 times bigger with a much lower quality.
Is there a way or tool in Premiere or another software to be able to edit wmv file without sacrifising quality while keeping the file size small.
Thanks in advance for your answers,
WMV is Microsoft's format... so use their software
I use DigitalMedia Converter 2.7, and it works fine. There is a newer version, but I have not upgraded my copies yet, so cannot comment on the new one. That program is shareware, but there are free converters available. Prism gets good recs., but since DMC works so well for me, I have not tried others and have zero direct comments on any.
This ARTICLE tells a little story of a recent foray into editing WMV's on my workstation. I knew better, but had to experience things for myself - duh!
Thanks for your reply Bill. I also read your article about the project that involved lots of wmv files. It's frusturating when clients have wmv files to be edited and expect DVD quality. Another client just called me about a video project which involves lots of wmv files. I guess I will give Digital Media Converter a try. Thanks for you suggestion.
I feel your frustration, and beg to get material that has not been compressed. Having to work from an existing DVD is almost as bad, and DivX is far worse. I have a little demo piece to try and show the quality difference, to show what we will likely end up with. Often, this will spur them to actually look, or ask for something prior to the compression. Some just do not get it. Same for MP3 Audio.
I have had a few come back, saying that the output was just too bad, and THEN they found what had been asked for. Well, the time will be shorter the second time around, as most of the creative work has been done. Still, this will be a new edit.
Good luck, and I feel your pain,