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    I want to convert some home movie snippets into Tealmovie. Tealmovie manual says a program called SmartVid would convert QuickTime into .avi file. However, I found that Intel does not make or distribute SmartVid any more. Does anyone know any other software that would do this?
    Taki
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    QuickTime Pro (from Apple) on the Mac will do it... not sure about the Windows version.
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    Thanks. I did find a free program(Trmoov) which supposed to do that, but *.avi files converted by Trmoov is not recognized by Makemovie. I might have to upgrade to Quick Time Pro.
    Taki
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    I tried something similar on Windows a while back called mov2avi...the program would only convert QT3 movies. It would just error out "Bad Chunk" on QT4 trailers and the like. If you've got Adobe Premiere, you can do it with any QT version (only most of the time garbling the audio) by adding the MOV to the project and exporting the project as an AVI.

    Which codec you using? Is it just a CINEPAK re-pack? Which codec does TealMovie expect?
    Tim
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  5.    #5  
    Originally posted by thatch
    Which codec you using? Is it just a CINEPAK re-pack? Which codec does TealMovie expect?
    That's my question... How can I check which codec I have? I have QT3, WMP7(?the newest one), realplayer. The following is all what they say about codecs in Tealmovie encoder manual.

    The AVI standard supports and extensible plug-in structure of new compression methods.
    When converting AVI files created by others, make sure you have the appropriate plug-in compression/decompression modules (codecs).
    The base set of codecs comes with Microsoft Video for Windows.
    Other codecs are available directly from their manufacturers.
    If you encounter and error reading or opening a specific AVI file, you may be able to find the appropriate plug-in.
    Some may be found on Microsoft’s web site (http://www.microsoft.com).
    Thanks,
    Taki
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    What that means is that you must be able to play the movie on your computer already. The Video For Windows part refers to one version of Cinepak and Indeo codecs (the normal ones). You've also got MS's MPEG-4 V2,V3, and V4 installed.

    To find the codec, download VirtualDub at http://www.geocities.com/virtualdub/ (freeware). Then open the AVI and go to File->File Information. Look at Decompressor (in the third line). That's the Friendly name of the codec. You can also see which audio codec is being used.

    Try opening the AVI in Windows Media Player while connected to the 'Net. If it's a codec error, it should download the new one for you and you're set. If it doesn't, the QT files are probably from version 4, and you might try QTPro or Adobe Premiere. I had no luck with other conversion programs. The TealMovie error is either 'The codec this file uses is not installed on this machine' or it may require CINEPAK (the one QT uses anyway).

    Try VirtualDub and playing the AVI in WMP and post again if you've still got trouble.
    Tim
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    Tim, thanks for your kind explantion to a digital movie novice. I tried VirtualDub but that didn't work, so I went with QTPro. This time it worked! Now I have to figure out the sound part. Eventhough QTPro is set to convert sound when I play the converted avi file with WMP, it does not have sound. I have to play around w/ WMP...I'd appreciate your insight. Thanks again

    ...I just noticed that my WMP's sound was on mute...dah. But Tealmovie is still silent. I'll have to read manual...

    [Edited by Taki on 01-04-2001 at 01:15 PM]
    Taki
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    Well I figured out what I was doing wrong....I just forgot to specify audio file to be encoded. I just registered my copy of TealMovie. Tim, YBYSAIAH, thanks for your help!
    Taki
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