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Old October 13th, 2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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Converting .mov to .wmv using Vegas

I have FCP and Vegas systems, and am now producing in FCP. I can post Quicktime movies, but a smaller percentage of people can see them. How would I best import the FCP version into Vegas to output a WMV? My tentative plan is to switch hard drives from Mac to PC and import the bigger .mov file, then render it to a small WMV.

I'm thinking that with Quicktime and WMV versions accessible I would cover 99% of viewers, and this way I wouldn't have to buy anything. Would I have a lossless conversion? Thoughts?
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Old October 13th, 2007, 01:53 PM   #2
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Depending on file size and frequency, I would consider burning .MOV to a data DVD and transfer that way.
Another alternative (cheaper in long run) is to use a USB memory stick.
It's been too long since I used a Mac (MacOS7.1, circa 1999 I believe!) so don't know the ins and outs of using DVDs and memory sticks that are compatible with both platforms, but my guess is that it's reasonably easy (I've read a few posts that suggest it is)

Vegas 7 requires Quicktime seven point something (can't remember exactly - I'm using 7.1.3) in order to play nice with .MOVs. I've created a couple of .wmvs from .MOV source footage for customers successfully. Sorry - don't have samples that I can share right now (a little over-enthusiastic with HDD housekeeping a few days ago...)
Regarding quality/losslessness - can't comment beyond "I was satisfied with the results."

As far as actually creating the .wmv is concerned - it's just a case of sticking the .MOV in the timeline and rendering as...
I'll leave it to others to suggest detailed settings for the .wmv render
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 11:08 PM   #3
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Cannot Customize Quicktime Install

Thank you Reg,

Good idea with the jump drive. I just about got it to work. The only problem was that just the audio popped into the Vegas timeline. I did some checking and found that I needed to update Quicktime and customize the install to be able to edit the video. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling several times and couldn't find a way to customize the install.

So I'm close. I just need to figure out how to customize the Quicktime install. Thoughts?
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