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Old 10-21-2005, 03:05 PM

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VLC - Freeware

VideoLan Media Player for both Windows & Mac

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. Here is a full list of features. Just click on the icons of your choice to download.

Using VLC:

1-Open VLC & go to File > Open File (Not the Quick Open File)
2-Then choose the mov file & click Advanced Output.
3-Change the Encapsulation Mode to Quicktime
4-Then under Output options, choose File and hit Browse and choose a path and name.
5-Set the Transcode options as follows:
---Video: mp4v - bitrate 512kbps scale 1
---Audio: mp4a - bitrate 128kbps channels 2
6-Click OK to close. VLC will open your file and play it & the progress bar will start going but no video will play unless you have play locally on.
7-Once it's done click on the output file you saved to open it in QT. Now you can export the file to another format.

You can check the -play locally- box to watch the video while it's being encoded but it may be jerky while doing so. I suggest you leave it unchecked so it won't play during the processing part. Used this method with a file I encoded as an .avi file to fix the audio being out of sync.

MPEG STREAMCLIP 1.3.1 - Freeware that will edit footage from a DVD (see website for more info)

MPEG Streamclip is an application that converts MPEG files (including transport streams) and also includes a player to set In and Out points, cut unwanted parts and perform a partial conversion.

Using MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 in Mac OS X is now easier than ever with MPEG Streamclip!

A complete user's guide is included in the application.

To convert .RM files you can use:

1- Xilisoft - Shareware - $35USD with a free trial to try before you buy

Xilisoft Video Converter is a powerful video conversion tool, extremely easy to use. It can convert between almost all popular video formats including DVD, VCD, SVCD, MOV, RM, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MPEG1/2/4, 3GP etc, and also convert video files to all popular audio files such as MP2, MP3, AC3, RA, M4A, OGG, AAC etc.

See this tip posted by "spr02072" for when you videos are 'out of sync' when using Xilisoft converter:
Xilisoft - comment and tips

Their is other software on the site to do conversions for audio & video.

2- IMTOO - Shareware - $35USD

Supported file format
Video: MPEG(mpg, mpeg, dat, vob); WMV; ASF; AVI; QuichTime(mov, qt); MPEG4(mp4); 3GP; DV(dv, dif); Real Video(rm); Animated GIF(gif - decoding only); Macromedia Flash(swf - decoding audio only);
Audio: MPEG Audio(mp2, mp3); WMA; WAV; AU; MPEG4 Audio(m4a); Real Audio(ra); OGG; AAC(will support soon); Raw AC3(ac3); NUT Open Container Format(nut);

You will need to first convert the file to .AVI or MPEG then to VCD or DVD. Check the guides for more information and take advantage of the free trial offer.

3- Xilisoft 3GP Video Converter - Shareware - $29.00USD with a free trial offer.

The 3GP converter allows users to convert AVI to 3GP, MPEG to 3GP. The 3GP Converter supports almost all popular video formats including mpeg1, mpeg2, mpeg4, wmv, mp4, 3gp, mov, rm, dv, yuv, h264 to 3GP file conversion. Xilisoft 3GP Video Converter also convert 3GP video file to popular video formats such as 3GP to AVI, 3GP to MPEG, 3GP to Divx. The 3GP Converter supports convert audio-only 3GP file to MP3, WAV, and vice versa.

-Supports all mobile phone video formats including 3GP, 3G2 (3GPP2) and MPEG-4;
-Convert various formats including DVD, VCD, SVCD, MOV, RM, AVI, MPEG, WMV, MPEG to 3GP, 3G2 and MPEG-4;
-Convert 3GP to popular audio files, including MP3 and WAV;
-Support batch conversion;
-Support multithreading,you can convert multiple files at the same time;
-When converting 3gp and Mpeg-4 files, you can pause, stop and continue at any moment;
-You can use the default settings or set parameters of the video and audio codec by yourself;
-The 3GP Converter supports preview. Users can choose to preview the input files before conversion.
-Converts any clip or segment of input file. The software allows users to choose start point and duration at will.

Download link

VOB Merge - Freeware

Application will merge your .vob files extracted from a DVD. It is easy to use and quickly merges the files. Save the merged file to your internal HD & don't use an external if it's format is FAT32 since that has a limitation on file size. A HD format NTFS doesn't have the same limitations and you can avoid the I/O error during merger.

Click on the 'program homepage' link & then the link that says "hier" to download the zip file. Unzip & open the app, find your files & make sure they are in the right order. If they aren't then highlight the one you want to move and use the move arrow keys to move the file into the correct order. Click the merge button and when the window opens just select the place you want to save the merged file to and type in the name you want the file to have & click ok. The files will quickly merge into one .VOB file. Then you can convert the one file for the iPod.

This is good to use when you have a DVD that has multiple programs on one DVD.


QTAmateur for MacOS X - Freeware

QTAmateur is a small, simple QuickTime video player. It can play any format that QuickTime can understand, handle fullscreen video playback, and export files to any format that QuickTime can write.

QTAmateur includes a Batch Export function which can convert any number of movies at a time to another format. Simply drag the desired movies into the window, choose the desired format, configure the output, and let QTAmateur take care of the rest.

Download link


iSquint - Freeware
An iPod video conversion application.

iSquint is an iPod video conversion app. It's up to 5 times faster than Apple's method, works well with AVIs and MPEGs, and it's infinitely free-er. It's also really easy.
Drag in your file, click "Start", and away you go. You can even set Screen-size and quality preferences. On a 1.5GHz G4, iSquint can convert most video files to iPod-screen-sized videos in realtime. Depending on a few factors, a 20 minute video will take up anywhere from 50-150MB of disk space.

-Update for 640x480 support.
- Fast MPEG-4 and H.264 conversion from almost every popular video format, from 3GP to XviD.
- QuickTime Pro and DivX codec not required.
- DivX/XviD AVIs, all forms of MPEG video, and many other formats QuickTime chokes on are supported.
- WMV 7/8 files supported. With the Flip4Mac plugin, all WMV files are supported - including WMV9.
- Batch Processing of multiple files. Save in-place, or to a different folder.
- Automatic aspect ratio detection. Anamorphic MPEG-2 and HDV detected too.
- Quality slider. Leave it as is to trust me, mess with it if you know better, or completely ignore it and play with the...
- Advanced settings drawer. Change every aspect of the conversion process.
- Just a few of the supported formats: .mov .mp4 .avi .dv .mpg .vob .3gp .asf .wmv .flv .m4v

Download link
If your looking for a way to convert your video or movies on the Mac this is just one way to do it using QuickTime Pro. If you don't already own this software then you will have to purchase it for a price of $29.99 US price. Check the Apple store for the price if you live outside the USA.


QuickTime Pro - Shareware $29.95USD purchased along with
MPEG2 - $19.99 - Support for MPEG-2

The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component provides QuickTime users with the ability to import and play back MPEG-2 content, including both multiplexed (a.k.a. muxed, where the audio and video tracks are interleaved together into one track) and non-multiplexed (a.k.a. elementary) streams.

(1) Note that the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component will not demux audio and video, nor will it enable audio transcoding.

(2) Only VOB files containing MPEG audio layers I and II are supported.

Learn how to work with various QuickTime track types, create media skins and even create a slideshow with a soundtrack. Creating Video for iPod tutorial.

Here's a list of other QuickTime Tutorials that are available:

QuickTime, QuickTime Pro and iPod FAQ's


How To Add Subtitles to a DVD (The Complete Working Guide)

How To add permanent subtitles with VobSub

See the guides listed here for tutorials:

Adding Permanent Subtitles

Ripping and Converting with English Subtitle

I had the movie Pan's Labyrinth which is a movie in Spanish with English subtitle available. Since I needed the English subtitle I ripped the movie with "DVD Decrypter" in ISO (Read R) mode and used the default settings under the "Tools">"Settings" option.

I clicked on the ISO Read Mode tab.

-File Splitting is set to "Auto"
-DVD + File Capacity is set to "File System"
These boxes are checked:
-Create MDS File box
-Remove IFO RC Protection
-Remove IFO RCE Protection
All other boxes are UNchecked in that section.

Once the ripping part was done I then used "Handbrake" to convert the movie. I opened it up under Handbrakes "ISO" option. This allowed the English Subtitle to show up in which I then just selected it. I used the Handbrake settings listed here.

I left it overnight to convert using 2 pass option. The movie converted, transferred to the iPod and played successfully in iTunes and the iPod with subtitle viewable. The file size for the 1:59:07 movie was 1.35GB.


VEMoDe is a free program that gives you a quick and easy way to turn your videos and movies into portable videos. It will convert from many formats and includes settings for several mobile devices.

Easy to use interface. Just pick your file and go!
Very fast, high quality encoder (using FFmpeg)
Existing settings for several popular devices (iPhone, PSP, iPod Touch, iPod Classic / Video, Palm, Pocket PC, Zodiac, Treo, GP2X), plus you can create settings for other devices.
Support for optional subtitles
"Encode by Size" to get the most quality for your memory cards.
"Split by Size" to maximize quality and portability
Easy to configure encoding options.
Cropping options to get the best screen usage.
Select the start and end positions to remove those long credits.
Batch Processing and Auto-shutdown for overnight encoding.
It's free!

Download (1.2 beta)

Setup for Windows XP/Vista/2000/98
Zipped File

Includes support for the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as several improvements / fixes. See details in the README File:

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