If you need to convert video into a more Mac-compatible format, try the very simple Miro Video Converter. It takes most kinds of video and converts them simply and quickly into formats compatible with iOS devices, iTunes and iMovie.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now.
On today’s episode I’m gonna show you the easiest way to convert video to a format that you can use in iMovie and other Apple software.
So I always use software like MPEG stream clip and VLC, even FFMPEGX to convert video.
They have tons of different options. They’re very complex.
There’s a real simple way, though, if you just want to convert some basic video and it will work in most cases.
It’s software called the Miro Video Converter and it is free and it’s easy to use. Let me show you.
So here on my desktop I’ve got an .avi file. Maybe this is something I recorded using a specialty camera that only records .avi files and I want to convert that to a QuickTime movie.
I’ve got the Miro Video Converter application here, which is a very simple app. You can see, you run it, you get this window.
You’ve got device formats that you can choose from and there are tons of different formats.
So for instance files that are formatted to specifically for the iPhone or for the iPad, I get to those options right down here.
I’m going to choose one just out of sight there called Apple Universal, which will create a nice QuickTime movie for me.
Not gonna send it to iTunes, it has that option if that’s what you’re trying to do.
I’m going to drag this .avi file in there and then I’m going to hit the convert button.
So what it’s done here, I’ve got two files now on my desktop.
I’ve got the original .avi file and I’ve got the .mp4 file.
And I can double click on that. It’ll open up in QuickTime player and you can see it play back just fine.
So its beauty is its simplicity, that’s all it does.
And that little checkbox to automatically send to iTunes, that’s very handy if say you want to convert a bunch of videos just so you can load them onto your iPhone or iPod and play them there.
And of course, it won’t play some of those .avi formats and other formats like that.
Now it doesn’t work with everything. Sometimes you have to go to something else like VLC.
But for most video, it works and it’s a simple solution. ‘Till next time, this is Gary, with MacMost Now.