Mac Video Help Needed

Adobe QuicktimeMany visitors to this site arrive because of my video presentation of S M Lockridge’s “My King” – it’s by far the most popular page on the site. And as a result, I’m frequently asked about a version of the video that will play on a Mac. I’ve done my best to accommodate this – even purchasing Quicktime Pro – but the uncompressed version of the video is 1Gb, and it crashes Quicktime (at least it crashes the PC version of Quicktime). I’ve also tried to output directly to Quicktime, but I can’t get the settings right, I’m left with a really poor quality end-result.

So, I need some help it getting this on a Mac format. Is there anyone who is familiar with Quicktime and Adobe After Effects, and is willing to try and make this work? If so, you can either suggest what settings for me to use, or I’ll send you the files you need to produce the video yourself, so that you can return a Quicktime video to me for uploading on this site.* If you’re familiar with video-effects software but don’t own After Effects, you can download a demo from Adobe which will give you 60 days to get the job done!

Several people have also asked me for a tutorial to get the video onto DVD. If anyone would like to write (or has written) such a tutorial, I’d be happy to publish it here, or link to your site. Ideally the tutorial should be simple to follow, and use only free software, though tutorials for the major packages such as Roxio and Nero would also be useful.

I’d be very grateful for any help.

* I have purchased several of the source images, and they are licensed only for my use, so I’m not able to allow others to use them in modifations or keep them for their own purposes, sorry.

Comments

  1. Download the “Flip4Mac” QuickTime plugin, install it, then open your .WMV files through QuickTime. Then you can save your file as a .MOV file.

  2. I had a friend try this on his Mac, but the results were very disappointing. Very jerky images, even at VHS-quality. It looks like about 4 frames per second.

  3. David Reimer says

    About the “making my own DVD” thing. When trying to find out about this sort of thing, I have found the Doom9.net site to be invaluable.

    The page with links to DVD making is here. Follow the “DVD/mini DVD” link from the “DVD Backup (Full Guide)” menu > DVD Authoring Guide > then pick your software! They mostly make use of free/open source software wherever possible.

    There are many other such sites out there, of course (see their “Links”!), but I find their guides to be clearly written and very helpful.

    Btw – is it just my imagination, or did you edit out a number of “Do you know him?”s from Lockridge’s original? In any case, thanks for your work!

    David Reimer

  4. Hi Mark,

    I’ve done some of this before, though I can’t remember settings off-hand. I’ll try and find out and email you in the next day or so. (Size/quality depends varies massively on the codec used, and data-rate chosen)

    What is your desired target size?

    Jon

    p.s. i enjoyed saturday, and found the seminar helpful!

  5. Jon, good to hear from you on here. I guess Izd really like DVD quality if that’s a possibility. I forget DVD resolution, is it 576xsomething? Frames per second, about 15 or more. Total file size 60-100Mb. Thanks.

  6. David, Thanks for the links, I’ll check those when I get back from holiday. There are two versions of Lockeridge’s My King arounf. It’s the other version that has all the “Do you know him?”‘s in it.

  7. Hi Mark
    DVD resolution is 720×576, ~25frames per second (film). I’ll download the video from the other page and try converting it, and let you know how i get on! Jon

  8. You may be interested in seeing my previous attempts, at the following quality levels: presentation, dvd, broadcast vhs, and web. This is the best I have managed so far, but is not good enough, hence I’ve not released the URLs before.

  9. Dermot Rooney says

    Mark,
    To play the video on a Mac Mark Corner above is correct, simply download for free the “Flip4Mac” QuickTime plugin (you’ll find it through search on google.com), install it, then open the .WMV file through QuickTime. Once you open it in QuickTime you will need to wait for it to fully download before you can play it properly. If you try to play it before its fully downloaded it will buffer resulting in staggered video and audio. It will take about 20 minutes for the 100mb .WMV file to download over 1mb droadband. Once its fully downloaded simply click the Play button on QuickTime and it plays perfectly, even at full screen.

    Many thanks for the video, its a great blessing.

    Dermot

  10. Whohoo! I’ve done it! (It only took 12 months…) Thanks for all your help and suggestions. Those those interested, I used SUPER (Simplified Universal Player Encoder and Renderer) to convert from Windows Media to Quicktime. It takes about fifteen minutes to do the conversion, and it only took me two goes to get the settings right. And it’s free! So I’m uploading right now – it will take a few hours at my connection speed. Keep an eye on the main post for an imminent update.