MOV files from still cameras are not in a format that will edit without issues with PE, that's why it's always advised to convert first.
You can use Windows Movie Maker for this.
If you have work in progress within PE, you could try to Export to DV-AVI from within PE.
This may, or may not work.
If it does, this will save you from having to re-edit work you've already done...
You're right about converting, kodebuster, but I don't think MovieMaker can work with MOV files.
Prizm should work though.
Here is a list of programs and how to use them to convert your files.
Got it Steve, sometimes we repeat ourselves so much on similiar convert issues to DV-AVI, we lose track of the advice we give...
I won't get to try this out until Friday and I'm going to have to rebuild my entire movie.. but I guess if it works, I'll know for next time. if it doesn't... ugh.. don't even want to think about that..
Only questions I have left are.. Will I lose quality in the conversion from MOV to DV-AVI? And, are some conversion software programs better than others in terms of retaining quality? (ex. Is it worth the $30 to buy quicktime pro, because it does the best job?)
As suggested in the FAQ's, Prism is free, has a nice intuitive interface, and works as advertised (did I say its free).
On conversion to DV-AVI, it would be no different regarding quality, then you might witness if in fact PE handled .mov with no issues.
PE would convert files not handled natively to DV-AVI in order to edit them, so no matter what, a conversion takes place.
As with any convert, some quality may be lost, but for most it's minor, and quite acceptable.
Convert your .mov to DV-AVI, it's the ticket to the promised land...
That was the positive response I was looking for!
I'll test it out this Friday...
thanks a ton! (assuming it works.. but now I'm going to feel good for the next 2 days)
Prism works awesome.. very easy, especially with the batch convert.
I set it to:
Output Format: .avi
Encoder Options: DV Encoder NTSC
Frame Rate 29.97
I changed the framerate, because that's what I always see in PE. Was that correct?
As for the size, it worked, but the video is 1/2 the size of the original (maybe less). Meaning I didn't get the full 1280X720. Is there anyway to do this?
Would Quicktime Pro maintain the same file size? If so, it would be worth the $30.
Thanks.. really appreciate your help.
As for the size, it worked, but the video is 1/2 the size of the original (maybe less).
This is usually a mismatch between the source footage (the converted files) and the Project Preset. They should match.
Now, if you have HD footage, you will want to convert the .MOV format to the appropriate Frame Size. If you converted to SD (720x480), then this would be the cause of the Frame Size mismatch.
For .MOV footage, I use QT Pro for conversion, but have to admit that I do not do HD work, so the SD DV-AVI Type II is perfect for me. Others will have to give you specific recs. for HD material.