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iMovie export to play in Windows Media Player
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Sep 19, 2006, 07:15 PM
 
What formats does Windows Media Player (on a Windows PC) understand? I want to export a movie from iMovie for a colleague to play on his Windows machine without him installing any other software. I guess I need it to work under WMP; how can I do this from iMovie?
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 07:23 PM
 
About the only reliable thing I can think of would be MPEG-1 (yes, WMP doesn't support MPEG-4 out of the box. Isn't that ridiculous?).

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Sep 19, 2006, 08:23 PM
 
Why not just export it as a Windows media file? If you have the Flip4Mac plug-in installed you get a trial option to export as WMV under the expert Quicktime export settings (edit - I don't know what features this offers... it may only export half the film if it is anything like the trial of the playback used to be):



Alternatively a noncompressed .avi should be OK as well, I would asssume?
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Sep 19, 2006, 08:47 PM
 
It puts a watermark over the file if you haven't registered Flip4Mac.

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Sep 20, 2006, 03:20 AM
 
Originally Posted by JKT
Why not just export it as a Windows media file? If you have the Flip4Mac plug-in installed you get a trial option to export as WMV under the expert Quicktime export settings (edit - I don't know what features this offers... it may only export half the film if it is anything like the trial of the playback used to be):



Alternatively a noncompressed .avi should be OK as well, I would asssume?
I was trying to do something better (?) than uncompressed AVI. The WMV option could be the way to go. Thanks.
     
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Sep 20, 2006, 03:33 AM
 
I would stick with MPEG-4, either regular or H.264. With proprietary codecs you never know whether you will be bitten by the "Indeo problem" again.
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Sep 20, 2006, 04:00 AM
 
Except that he wants it to work with Windows Media Player, which doesn't play MPEG-4 (out of the box, anyway).

Too bad the MPEG-1 option seems to be gone. What the heck? That used to be there in some older version of iMovie. The Windows Media option works, but if you haven't bought the paid version of Flip4Mac, it'll only convert half of the movie (I just tried it).

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Sep 20, 2006, 04:48 PM
 
Btw, that menu is from iMovie HD '05 and not '06 - I should have mentioned that earlier.
     
   
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