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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac Apps
I haven't seen this posted anywhere, but on my Intel Mac with the newest Flip4Mac WMA components, I can convert WMAs using Quicktime Pro to any format of choice.

EasyWMA works but is slower. Hyperion works as well, but direct conversion to AAC isn't possible. Quicktime Pro solves both these issues.

Unfortunately, not all the tags are preserved. Perhaps we are one step away from being able to use Flip4Mac as a plug-in for iTunes (like the OGG plug-in), so conversion (and the associated quality loss) isn't necessary.
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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: bonaccij on Jun 15, '06 08:24:49AM

How were you able to do this? When I tried to install Flip 4 Mac on my Intel, it wouldn't let me...

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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: Styx on Jun 15, '06 09:59:15AM

Unfortunately, Flip4Mac has not been made Universal yet. There is a beta product available for those wanting to participate in their beta program but for the rest of us, we will have to wait.

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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: dizziness on Jun 15, '06 03:36:41PM

Indeed! Apologies all, I should have been clear this is using the new Universal Beta 2.1.0.24.



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: jbelkin on Jun 15, '06 11:45:55AM

Wouldn't work on PPC mac. I could EXPORT as a DV with no audio. It's not all that important to me - just tested it out.



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 15, '06 12:20:18PM
It seems Flip4Mac has done some kind of evil deal with Microsoft to provide the free components: free Flip4Mac WMV components download page.

Just tested this out on a WMV music video I downloaded ages ago. I'm using OS 10.4, QT Pro 7.1, PBG4 1.67GHz.

However, if you try to export the movie directly, you'll get "Error -2126", which is Quicktimish for "Not allowed to save this format" (see this Flip4Mac forum thread). However, you can copy and paste it to a new movie project:

  1. Open WMV project in Quicktime
  2. Select All, Copy
  3. File -> New Player...
  4. Paste
  5. File -> Export...

And use the format of your choice.

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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: toothfish on Jun 16, '06 09:12:35PM

I don't suppose ther's an existing Applescript to do this? Wishful thinking on my part-- my AS is on the rusty side.

cheers
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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: StarvArt on Jun 15, '06 12:58:46PM
Thu, Jun 15 '06 at 7:30AM PDT • Submitted by dizziness
...on my Intel Mac with the newest Flip4Mac WMA components...
By newest, they must mean the beta component group, as previously mentioned; it would be nice to have some clarification!

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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: muzak75 on Jun 15, '06 01:52:34PM

I have the beta version of F4M for Intel Macs and I have QTPro. When I try to open a wma file, I get an error - "Error opening movie. The movie could not be opened." What gives?



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: dizziness on Jun 15, '06 03:43:51PM

To also clarify, I just tested this hint with WMV files (my hint had pertained only to WMA files.) Here I too have no problems using the "Export" function of Quicktime.

I am fairly confident that Flip4Mac doesn't support every WMV codec (for example WMA Lossless is unsupported.)

The hint yields significant speed improvements over previous WMA solutions for Mac.



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: dizziness on Jun 17, '06 03:59:33AM

Oops! Another mistake! Lossless is supported.

Supported Audio Codecs
• Windows Media Audio 9
• Windows Media Audio 9 Professional
• Windows Media Audio 9 Lossless
• ISO MPEG Layer 3 (MP3)
• Microsoft G.726
• Microsoft IMA ADPCM
• Microsoft G.711 aLaw
• Microsoft G.711 uLaw
• Microsoft ADPCM

Supported Video Codecs
• Windows Media Video 9 Advanced Profile
• Windows Media Video 9
• Windows Media Video 8
• Windows Media Video 7
• ISO MPEG-4, versions 1.0 and 1.1
• Microsoft MPEG-4, versions 2 and 3
• Microsoft Motion JPEG



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: blueshead on Jun 15, '06 06:25:16PM
Here's a free workaround d/l the flipformac components.. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx

then d/l iSquint... http://www.isquint.org/



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: dizziness on Jun 17, '06 03:57:11AM
Good points!

Rather than use iSquint which is iPod specific, the new <a ref="http://www.techspansion.com/visualhub/">VisualHub</a>;. It will work with the WM Quicktime components.

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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: Rich88 on Jun 15, '06 09:02:27PM

Normally, Flip4Mac will NOT install on an Intel Mac. However, a fellow came up with a way to do it, and it works great. His procedure is in an article found here:

As you will see, you have to run the browser AND Quicktime under Rosetta for it to work. What I did was dedicate Camino as my browser to run under Rosetta, and Safari as my "Intel browser" since it's a universal binary app. This way you don't have to switch back and forth when not wanting to run under Rosetta, although you do have to use Camino when encountering WMA files. Running Quicktime under Rosetta is not the performance hit you might think; in fact, i just leave it that way.

Flip4Mac vows the are going to release an Intel version, which will solve all this. But so far they've annonced nothing.



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: Rich88 on Jun 15, '06 09:03:59PM
Sorry, the URL didn't get pritned. It's http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=13902

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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: Mr. H on Jun 16, '06 01:01:06AM

Hmmmm...

My Flip4Mac (version 2.0.2.10 running on OS X 10.3.9) plays WMA lossless just fine.



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: Mr. H on Jun 16, '06 01:02:50AM

oops, that was meant to be a reply to "dizziness", whose comment is higher up.



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: alvinski on Jun 29, '06 09:47:04AM

This is all good but I have a problem when converting a .mov to a .wmv with QT Pro 7... works great but only converts the first 30 seconds of a 1 minute movie

Anyone have an idea why?



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10.4: WMA conversion with QuickTime Pro and Flip4Mac
Authored by: binginit on Jun 29, '06 11:31:06PM
Are you using the Player or the Studio? The export functions in Player are only there for trial use.

"In trial mode you can export 1/2 the duration of your source file up to 30 seconds."
http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_download.htm

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