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How to Convert WMV to MOV on Mac OS X

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  bjepson's Photo
Posted Apr 02 2010 09:55 AM

One of my colleagues asked me for some help converting a video. He had a WMV file of a recent Ignite Boston, but every time he imported it into iMovie, it got a watermark from the free version of Flip4Mac that's available from Microsoft. I know it's only $29.99 to get a version of Flip4Mac that will not put the watermark on it, but I knew there had to be another way.

If you Google for "convert wmv to mov", you find a lot of products, some free, some paid, that will do the job. I dug past the first page of results, and found that ffmpeg will do the trick at the Terminal window, without having to fuss around with command line switches.

I have MacPorts installed on my Mac, so all I needed to do was open a Terminal window and type the following (I had to provide my password when prompted):

sudo port install ffmpeg


That installed ffmpeg and all its prerequisites, then I was able to convert the file with a simple command:

ffmpeg -i ignite7.wmv ignite7.mov


Five minutes later, it had converted the 276M .wmv file (Windows Media Video 8/Audio 9) to a 252M .mov (MPEG-4 Video and AAC audio).

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Posted Jan 08 2013 01:45 AM

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