Convert mpeg2 to mpeg4 and edit in imovie

goldenmeg

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I have home movies which seem to all be in mpeg2 format. I would like to open them in imovie to edit and burn new dvds. At an Apple store I was told I needed QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback to read the mpeg2 format. Under the FAQs for MPEG-2 Playback, it says to export to mpeg4 (?) I need to use QuickTime Pro.

My quesiton is, do I need both QuickTime Pro and MPEG-2 Playback? I don't want to plunk down $50 unnecessarily. How do these work together to get my mpeg2 files into imovie? Is there an easier route to do this?

Thanks, Meg
 

Captain Code

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You can use FFMpegX to convert between many formats. It's a little harder to use because there are so many options though.
 

goldenmeg

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I'm running ffmpeg. I have a VIDEO_TS file and there are instructions in the HOW To section on converting VIDEO_TS folders to DivX (mpeg4?). I followed the instrucitons and obtained one file, movie.avi. iMovie still does not see this. Is there another step I need to go through? Or have I done this all wrong? Argh.
Thanks, Meg
 

bdaul

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Is FFMPEGX the same as FFMPEG? I just used ffmpegx to convert a mpeg-2 file to DivX...but I tried to play it...NO SOUND? Help?!?
 

mattepatte

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I was not as smart as "goldenmeg”. I bought the pro and mpeg2 program. After the mpeg2 I could play up the movie without sound!!??
I called the Apple suport but they could not help me. They told me to download a free program,VLC. Whit this program I could look at the movie with sound, but I could not move the mpeg2 file to Imovie.
Finally I found you (after paying €50 for the programs)
Thank you again Fryke.
 

page21

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I too have been scouring the net on how to best do this and handbrake wins hands down! Awesome program.
 
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