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Coming from MOV to MP4 to WMV through Premiere Elements seems terribly inefficient. But it's hard to say if there's a better way, since I don't know much about that original MOV file. Is it a hi-def video file? If not, why go to MP4 and into Premiere Elements, which would treat it as an AVCHD file?
Your best results would be to use Quicktime Pro to create an AVI with the DV codec, then use Windows MovieMaker to turn that into a WMV. Involving Premiere Elements in this process will likely take you further from, rather than closer to a more efficient workflow.
That's strange. I responded earlier and the whole message got trashed. Hence the test post before retyping the entire thing again.
Thanks for the reply.
The video clip is a single screen capture video clip. This is what I've found by playing around with this more.
The original clip resolution is greater than 640x480. If I use QT Pro to convert the original clip to 640x480 and then use either Flip4Mac or PE7, then the resolution looks good.
Just trying to figure out if should keep all workflow on the MacOS side. There are several different version of Flip4Mac. $49 gives me 640x480, but if I ever want to make it slightly larger then I would need to go with the $99 or HD version.
I also tried to export to AVI with QT Pro and the import with Windows MovieMaker but it didn't work really good. I liked the simplicity (since PE7 hogs a lot of resources especially through VMWare).
Now I'm very confused, FC. So you're not going only from MOV to MP4 to WMV through Premiere Elements, but you're also crossing platforms from Mac to Windows? There must be an easier way.
I'm also not clear on the details. Sometimes you're talking about a 640x480 file, and now you're talking about working in hi-def? I just don't know what you're trying to accomplish.
But if you're not getting better quality outputting a DV-AVI and then using Windows MovieMaker to make that into a WMV, I don't know what the best solution is for you. Maybe I'm just not understanding your goals.
Let's see if anyone else can post a better solution.
Sorry for confusion. Not working with HD.
Working on Web Tutorials. Institution doesn't support QT on their workstations, just Windows Media Player. So just finding a way to convert .MOV files to .WMV while retaining as much clarity as possible.
I read good things about Flip4Mac but based on trial versions, couldn't get it to be satisfactory until last night's work-around.
This is my current workflow. Capture live in SnapZPro at 4:3. Convert with QT Pro to 640x480. Then Flip4Mac to WMV.
Some further clarifications.
Previously always worked on PCs. Recently replaced my 4.5 yr laptop with a MacBook. Still need Windows for work programs. Just trying to figure a workflow while minimizing additional software purchases. I currently have PE3 and PE4 and was seeing about moving either of them to my Notebook (will save me $100 or so).