Originally Posted by CrashMaster39
I was getting so frustrated with the apple MOV format, such a pain to convert to other formats for editing, the suggested MP4cam2AVI converter locks up when I use it. So I downloaded codecs to allow Windows Movie Maker to edit .MOV files. I was all happy editing in WMM until I try to "publish to this computer" and the resulting video is converted to wmv and it loses a bunch of resolution in the conversion. I cant find any cheap windows software similar to Window Movie Maker that will keep the output in .MOV so the output qualilty is not downgraded.
Soooo, I just switched firmware from .MOV to the AVI firmware, I figured the un-editable problem would have been fixed since December but NO. It records fine in AVI, and plays in windows movie maker, but if you make ANY edits, the video wont play. Then I tried Windows LIVE Movie Maker with same uneditable result. I noticed some people in this forum are using the AVI firmware, are you guys just not editing your clips? Because if I can't even crop my videos, I'll have to switch back to the .MOV firmware.
Any help or knowledge would be greatly appreciated. BTW: I really prefer editing in the older Window Movie Maker, with the timeline. Thanks, Greg
Yes, the AVI format the camera produces is a non-standard "play only" format. It's apparently not fixable with the camera's firmware because the formatting is done by the graphics chip. But first things first.
Your MP4cam2AVI lock-up is strange... do you get any error messages? It (v2.98) works perfectly on my W7 (64 bit) PC and it's lossless and fast. Maybe try a new download and see if it works. Post #3 gives alternatives for editing MOV files with other free editors. But you mentioned preferring the old WMM with the timeline, so that tells me you are using the old WMM for XP. WLMM can edit MOV files without adding any codecs, and you should not get any significant quality loss with the right output profile selected. Select the "recommended for this project" when you are prompted for an output profile when you save the movie, and all will be well. The old WMM needs the h.264 codec to work, but you should use the "Save Movie" output, not the "Publish" options, which degrade the output for web based services. FWIW, post #3 gives a way to install WMM6, which ONLY came with Vista embedded in it (MS did not support downloading it separately), and it has the timeline PLUS many more features than the old XP versions. Why MS bagged it in lieu of the "dumbed down" WLMM version confused every one and was a huge blunder.