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Tue 26 Oct 2004

Converting AVI (DiVX) to MOV on a mac

Category : mac and the internet

When I first viewed Huang I-Wei's Crab Fu avi (divx) clip, I had to use VLC media player. Nothing wrong there, in fact most of us use VLC for viewing VCDs. But I'd rather send mov files to new switchers when I have to.

Quicktime they understand, you see.

Recalling I had instructions written down here, I gave it a shot. Although I was clueless now, the instructions worked fine - three things to download, force an application to open in classic, copy two extensions over, restart, and drag and drop to Divx Doctor II.

I have no idea if this is still necessary but it worked fairly quickly. The 18.5MB avi file became a 17.7MB mov file. I must tell I-Wei, who doesn't use a PC; he had written when I first blogged about Crab fu to say he was glad mac users could view the avi.

Curious, I then tried iMovie - it accepted the avi file and was able to export it. So I generated an 800K+ mov clip and loaded it up here to welcome two senior crustacean scientists who will be coming next week.

This was stimulated by a mad rush last Saturday to send a movie file to the editors of Nature - I was roped in and simply upload the 30MB file to a sever and sent them a link. Then this morning I received an email of thanks from someone out there for the WMA codec I left on the server.

So I can do this. What more? I'll examine Quick Time Pro next. Or maybe when John is next back!

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