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March 9, 2013 at 8:32 AM #55226GM328Participant
Hi, new to this forum & could use some help.
I'm given files in WMV or MOV format that can run anywhere from 1 to 6 hours long. I need to cut them down to smaller clips (approx 1/2 hour) to post on a website.
I convert the flle to MP4 (using WonderShare) in order to import in to iMovie. This can take any where from 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on the file size. I then lose the same amount of time importing in to iMove. There has to be a better way!! Can anyone recommend a better workflow. I don't mind buying some software, but keep in mind that I'm not working on high end video, so would like to keep the cost reasonable. Thanks! (ps-I'm working on a Mac)
March 9, 2013 at 7:29 PM #206406BarryParticipant
While I am not a Mac user. I don't think there are a lot of them in the forum.
I did an experiment. Using Premiere Pro CS6 I took a 1 minute long MOV file and exported it (or converted it) to an H.264 file, which gives it an MP4 extension.
There are many kinds of H.264 formats. Since you are uploading to the Web I chose from the list that appears Youtube HD720p at 29.97 FPS
The clip without any effects added took 1 min to complete. I then went back and added some random effects to the clip which always add to the export time.
The same clip took 3 min 30 sec.
That sounds about the same ratio as you are getting.
I know nothing about Imovie or why it takes so long to put files in it.
If this is a one time deal. You can download a fully functional 30 day trial of Premiere Pro for Mac.
Just go to adobe.com
I think all the video editing software offers 30 day trials. I don't know about Final Cut for the Mac.
I don't think your conversion times are off. There are many factors, your computer speed is one of them.
Sorry but that's the best I can do
March 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM #206440GM328Participant
Hi Barry, thanks for the response.
It's an ongoing process, so I do want to figure out a more efficient way to do this. I'll download the trial of Premier and see what happens. Thanks again!
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