Mac MPEG Streamclip: Editor & VOB FLV Converter Extraordinaire

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55 responses to “Mac MPEG Streamclip: Editor & VOB FLV Converter Extraordinaire

  1. John e

    you’re totally right! over the last two months i’ve tried a half dozen different convertors, and Streamclip is by far the easiest to use with the best results @ H264. some files i rip from music performance DVD’s via MactheRipper, using Trim to get just the songs i want. some (many?) DVD’s are actually 720/480, not 640/480, and Streamclip offers the choice to keep the extra width, very nice. cropping is easy if you need to. scaled or unscaled. deinterlacted. all very easy to set. i use 75% quality, which cuts file size in about half, and can’t tell the difference on my 34″ HDTV. And converting an HDTV stream (.ts file) taken direct from the firewire output of my Comcast box via iRecord is likewise piece of cake, full HD quality maintained.

    only tiny issue is the file extensions you get (.mp4) don’t match the ones AppleTV uses inside iTunes/Front Row categories (mp4v). renaming doesn’t help. but so all the files just play in the catchall “movie” category instead, not a problem.

    the one thing i am unsure about is the audio – whether the full 5.1 surround is being encoded or just plain stereo.

    (METROXING- For the FRONT ROW/ITUNES thing, you might want to try LOSTIFY.)

  2. slatch

    It’s fine to introduce latest music here. keep it up.

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  4. What can it convert from to MPEG-4? Practically every format …DV and one of the best FLV converters … beating most in the $500 range.

    huh? flv?? where???

  5. oh, mac version only?

    (METROXING: No, MPEG STREAMCLIP is available for Windows. On the left side of the front page is the link to the WIN version. I have not tested it out but presumably, the same functions and features).

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  7. Hi there,
    I’m having a lot of trouble getting my files under 100MB for YouTube. I have a DVD recorder so I start with VOB files.

    I break them up with the In and Out, but even a 5 minute clip at Apple Motiona JPEG A @ 20% and mono sound I can’t get below 300MB!!

    Help, I need to put these up for a blog this weekend so I need them under 100MB!

    Thanks.

    (METROXING: If you just want them for YouTube, convert from VOB to DV in MPEG Streamclip, that way you maintain as much quality as possible (I have not noticed much difference in DV25, DV50 or the pro version but if you might as well stock with the “pro” version.”). Then just drag the file to iMovie and export as QUICKTIME>CD-ROM – a 5 minute file should be around 40-45 MB. iMovie is faster than MPEG Streamclip as long as you’re mostly converting to Apple’s selected QT export files & sizes. It will also play nicely in the iPod or iPhone. You can save the DV file for another day so you don’t have to re-rip it. Good luck!)

  8. sorry, I meant DVD camcorder

  9. That worked great. Thanks!

  10. ars

    i want to convert a quick time clip, i edited on my fcp, an mpeg 2 file, but under the file button, i cant get access to the demux and convert lines. Any ideas why it wont let me in?

    (METROXING: That’s hard to guess. MPEG Streamclip might require a bunch of add in components that are “freeware” like ffmeg, etc, etc … that I have downloaded over the years. Even a few years ago, because of licensing issues, you had to download most of the opensource/freeware add on separately and then find a GUI front end for it … so it’s hard for me to exactly replicate – I’m presuming you get the MPEG-2 component with FCP? Or maybe there’s a workaround – maybe export it to iDVD as a image file and then import it as a VOB in MPEG Streamclip – or do a snippet and check quality? Sorry, no obviosu answer.)

  11. ars

    that is using mpeg stream clip

  12. Roloff

    If you want to use .VOB files from a DVD recorder, HDD recorder or PVR, and use these for a compilation DVD, you may as well demux them to seperate .m2v and .ac3 files and import them into DVD Studio Pro (or other DVD authoring application). You can trim the files down to what you want in MPEG Streamclip setting in and out points (using the i and the o on the keyboard) and it will only export what’s in between, or trim later in the DVD program (cutting on the I-frames of the GOP, mostly long GOP of a second with PVRs and such).
    There’s no need to go to DV, only when you want to do some real editing and trimming (frame-accurate) in FCP or so.

  13. ting

    I downloaded MPEG streamclip to convert my VRO files, but everytime I try to do so I get an error saying “the file is too small”. But it’s over 1GB, so what am I doing wrong?

    (METROXING: My only answer would be guesses – try writing to the guys at MPEG Streamclip – I think there is also a forum – see what they think?)

  14. Randall

    I can’t get .flv files to work on MPEG Streamclip. I followed the directions above, using this URL:

    I plugged that URL into the Streamclip window, it opened okay, asked me where I’d like to save the file… but when I try to play the saved file on Streamclip, I get error messages:

    “file open error: unsupported file type”

    I tell it to “Open Anyway”… and then get:

    “File open error: can’t find video or audio tracks”

    MPEG Streamclip 1.9b3
    Mac Powerbook G4
    Mac OS X version 10.4.10

    Thanks!

    (METROXING: You might have to download it first. Let it start to “load.” Hit PAUSE. Wait until the file loads all the way. OPen ACTIVITY in SAFARI (look for the file among hundreds that has the words GETVIDEO in it – almost always the largest file on the list – in MB versus KB (unless video is very short). Double click. It will start to download. When completed, add the .flv to the end and then MPEG Streamclip should have no problems).

  15. Randall

    Followed your directions, all the way… same story. Same error messages.

    Could it be some settings in Streamclip? Conflict with another program?

    Streamclip also has a PC version… maybe I’ll try that tomorrow, see if I have any better luck…

    (METROXING: I went back and plugged in your url in MPEG STREAMCLIP – no problems downloading or converting to MP4 – sent it to you via email).

  16. I wonder if you think Streamclip might work for my situation. I have some footage I shot (basically a talking head) with my Sony 150 that I’ve edited in iMovie and want to upload to YouTube. The footage looks great in QuickTime, but on YouTube, it is so blurry, at some points in the video, you can’t see my nose on my face.

    I think the problem is that the video is high quality with a beautiful background—greenery with tree branches swaying in the breeze—and when I compress it, it throws away data in the foreground (my face) because there is more movement in the background.

    I’m wondering if video sharpness on YouTube would improve if I compressed the video directly to .FLV, rather than compressing it to a .mov file and then uploading to YT which compresses again to .flv

    Any thoughts about how I could correct this problem without needing to reshoot would be much appreciated.

    (I also have Final Cut, but I’m just learning it and I know iMovie pretty well.)

    (METROXING: The only real way to compress to FLV is if you have the Adobe/Macromedia suite of apps or with Sorenson Squeeze (30 Day trial?). If you don’t need YouTube and just want to post a video, nearly every other video AV site offers better resolution and most all have the “embed” feature – check out Google Video, YouAreTV, BrightCover, Twango, VMix, or Zeec. If they can reproduce the quality – you can avoid converting to Flash. The highest resolution I seem to find is exporting as a DV file and then using MPEG Streamclip to convert).

  17. Thank you so much for your reply. I found a program that converts .avi files to .flv, but I uploaded it to YT and it did not solve my problem. (Maybe I didn’t check the best compression options?) It’s so frustrating that such a high quality video could look so great on my computer and so blurry on YouTube. Guess there’s something to be said for shooting in front of a static background.

    I am going to try your recommendation and will let you know how it works. I shot a lot of video with this gorgeous natural backdrop and will exhaust all possibilities before I’m willing to reshoot. Call me stubborn :)

    (METROXING: I think YouTube’s ploy of reducing the size so it plays fast has worked well for them as a business plan. It’s their playback because if you download YouTube videos, about 60%-75%, you’ll find the resolution is actually good or what you might even call sharp … you will definitely see a resolution difference if you fo with one of the other services. Good luck!)

  18. Tony

    Regarding VOB files from a DVD Recorder, MPEG streamclip gives the an error saying “the file is too small” due to OS X not being able to read UDF 2.0 (Mac OS knows about UDF 1.5 disks, whereas video recorders are using UDF 2.0)

    Toast can copy the VOB ( via the Video -> Media tab), then use MPEG Streamclip to open the file in the Roxio Converted Items Folder (before quitting Toast!)

    (METROXING: One other thing I thought of – I think you might need the MPEG-2 component from Apple for MPEG streamclip – $20? I think … I did buy some UDF reader from some oddball company in WA for $15 way back when but now I cannot find any evidence on my computer but I’m sure it’s in there somewhere … and I cannot find the company online except for one from Software Architects for $50 (I think it might be same company – just inflation :-( ) You might try buying the $@0 MPEG-2 component from Apple first – at least that’s useful for other things … good luck!)

  19. Tony

    Yes, MPEG-2 video is supported in conversions, but for playback and export you have to buy the MPEG-2 Playback Component ($19.99) from Apple, but this component won’t help in reading DVD-RAM disks (VRO files). The software you mentioned (ReadDVD! by Software Architects. softarch.com) is needed ($49.95), or if you already have Toast v7 or v8, you can read the files via the Media Browser (Window->Show Media Browser and then select DVD).

    Maybe Leopard will read the VRO’s

  20. Rick

    I have imported Betamax home movies to my computer the only way I could think of. I connected the video player to a DVD recorder/VHS, and made a DVD-R. My recorder has two options to record, so I choose the one that limits the recording to 60 min thinking that this will preserve the most quality. I used MPEG Streamclip to put the DVD-R on my iMac. I will be editing and putting the video on a DVD with some combination of Final Cut, iMovie, iDVD, or Toast. I will no longer need the video on my computer when finished, so I don’t mind large file sizes. It sounds like DV is the best output for me then. What options do I choose from there? There are different compression choices for instance. I don’t know what frame blending or better downscaling do. I do notice there are horizontal lines if I leave it to the defaults. Could you explain some of these other options to me? It will take months burning clips to compare how each option looks on my TV.

    (METROXING: Sounds like you’re on the right track so far … if you want an edited DVD for your TV or computer, you can output it straight to iDVD. I would also output another copy to DV just in case down the line you want to re-convert it to another format – from DV, you’ll lose the least resolution and now that a DVD-R is $.30 a disk or even on a hard drive if you have the space … for instance, if you want a copy on your iPod, you can export from that DV file and later on, if the iPod video format increases to a larger or higher resolution, you can just export again from that DV file. Of course, make extra archival copies and/or give them to other family/relatives elsewhere as a double backup.

    As for the other settings, they are all pretty subtle and won’t affect your final results greatly. I did find that H.264 offer a better looking picture so I would always choose that with the least amount of compression. The nice thing about Apple video is what you see on screen is pretty much what you will get. I know that transfering from video always produces some loss so if you need to manipulate your image, FCP or FCE will offer you more options (or ironically, prior version of Imovie ’08 will offer you more options and 3rd party companies sell plug-ins) … but of course, as you can guess, the larger the TV, you can see the age of the transfer … one thing if you have the time or interest is to “embed” it within the DVD/iMovie themes, add some still photos, etc … and you offer the experience of capturing that time and “cover up” some of the flaws of videotape technology. Hope that helps. Good luck!).

  21. Kenny

    I can view my TS_Video on Streamclip wonderfully, but can’t convert to DV. After I hit “save” I immediately get “Error: can’t create the DV File”. Am I doing something wrong? I just want to get these home videos into iMovie.

    (METROXING: The one problem with freebie software is while they can skirt around all the rules that big boys play by (well, otherwise, they might be sued :-( ), the problem is there’s not much support. If I had to guess, I would say your’re proabably missing some MPEG codec … if you’re pretty comfortable trolling around the internet, you might do a random search on MAC MPEG and start adding components to QuickTime like Perian, FFmeg, etc, etc … the problem is I’ve been working away on this video thing for years and I have no idea what’s in my system now but it all works, unfortunately, there’s no way for me to backtrack and figure if my setup is held up by steel beams or duct tape & bailing wires :-) … so if you’re comfortable looking around and understanding those concepts behind codecs and formats, have at it – its just a plug in so not much harm will come to your system itself … the alternative is to buy something like CINEMATIZE which is directly made for editing your own videos … hope that helps …).

  22. Peter

    hi, there I had the same problem.
    I found that by changing the name of the exported clip it worked. (i ha a file with the same name on the desktop and it wouldn’t want to write over it) – hope that helped

  23. Resan

    i need Mac MPEG Streamclip: Editor & VOB FLV Converter Extraordinaire

  24. Jay

    I love this program. However, I just recorded a clip off of my DVR using iRecord and tried to open it using MPEG Streamclip and got this error:
    “File open error: unsupported file type”
    I choose to “Open Anyway” and up comes:
    “File open error: can’t find video or audio tracks”

    The bizarre thing is that I have done this exact process several times (with great success) and cannot understand why it’s now not working. The clip is 69.8MB and there were no errors using irecord.

    I am running MPEG Streamclip 1.9 on a Mac Powerbook G4. Can’t understand how it worked so well multiple times.

    (METROXING: Does it open in QT? It might be that during the final save, the file didn’t get saved correctly. That’s what I’m guessing so it doesn’t think it’s an mp4 file. You might ty adding the different suffixes like .mp4, .mov to see if that helps. VLC can pretty much open anything – try using that and see if you can export?)

  25. This program has worked great for the last six months. I use it to convert files from my HD Camcorder to import into Imovie, and also to create mp4 files for my Ipod.
    But I just ran into a problem and cant seem to figure it out. Everytime I use the “Ipod” settings to convert it gives and error and says it cant create the file. When I look at what it did create the extension on the file is XXXX.mp4.mov. Im assuming that for some reason its adding to extensions to the end of the name and thats what is messing it up but I cant seem to resolve the issue.
    When saving the file it says it is only adding the .mp4 suffix.
    I tried reinstalling everything and had no luck, still doe s the same thing.
    It seems to still be working fine on my DV conversions.
    Any suggestions?

    (METROXING: That is odd – have you just tried manually deleting one of the suffixes? In the old days on the Mac, it didn’t make much of a difference but now as a flavor of Unix, it makes a difference. But your problem of two suffixes is an oddity as I’ve converted .mov files to .mp4 with no problems. Very odd).

  26. Chris

    I agree, it is very odd. I work on a Mac daily and come home to a Mac,dont think I have never seen anything like it either. I did try manually deleting the suffixes, once as just .mov and once as just .mp4, with no luck. Quicktime gives the error, “invalid mpeg4 audio data” and “audio elementary stream descriptor is corrupted”.

    Seems like no matter what format I put in, when exporting to mp4 it gets the same error. “Can’t write movie file”. It even says its going to name the file correctly while encoding XXXX.mp4, then gives the error, as I go back to the desktop and check the created file it will add .mov to the end of the file name…

    Like I said before, I can still convert to DV, and all other applications save files fine, so it has me baffled.

    (METROXING: It could be a bad pref file (look around for the plist files) and also try deleting any QT plugs in’s you have and try loading them again by re-douwnloading new/latest versions – I doubt MPEG Streamclip can uninstall correctly since it’s an open source project but try and figure out what prefs or plist MPEG Streamclip files might be laying around in your libary>app support or user>app support … also try repairing PERMISSIONS with APPLE DISC UTILITY – after that, maybe there’s a b-tree catalog error that needs fixing with a HD utiltity … but agiain, nothing obvious but maybe something simple as just a bad pref file will fix it. Good luck!)

  27. queenyellow

    hi
    I am trying to download FLV (from Youtube) using MPEG streamclip but not successful.

    this is how i do it
    1) open URL (as instructed in the prev thread) and paste the url ” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ5ZNQWTS5w

    2) I select Download, then, I selcet Progressive Download (i even tried to select randon access) then hit dowload.

    3) then warning message appear:
    : “You are going to batch downloadseveral movies. Pls note that some sites wont let u do it” but i still hit “continue” then it will allow me select folder to save the downloaded file.

    4) In a couple of sec it looks like its downloading but this error message come up:
    “10 files were not added to batch list, the last one for the ff reason: cannot open the file”

    For assistance please as i need to record video from youtube to use in my mom’s bday presentation. thank you in advance

    (METROXING: Yea, personally, I have never gotten it to work correctly. Are you on a Mac or PC? On a Mac, open ACTIVITY in Safari and double click on the video in the lines of text, it’s the “largest file” and it’ll say something about GETVIDEO … you should also so a search on Google Video to see if there, it’s higher quality and easy to download – just select VIEW on iPOD/PSP for MP4/QT and whatever the Windows setting is. If it’s only on YouTube & you’re on a PC, try TechCrunch’s online YouTube video grabber or try KEEPVID. Good luck!)

  28. Since the las three days I have not been able to open any files from Youtube: my operative system is Mac OS X 10.4.11. I keep getting the message “file error” . Any suggestions?

    J.

    (Metroxing: I haven’t upgraded to 4.11 yet but I am running the latest QT – have you tried that (7.4?) )

  29. Tim

    Here is my situation:

    I have a Mpeg video on the computer. I drag it into Imovie. Once it down loads the video is there but the audio is gone?? The thing is when I play it in quick time there is sound when it transfers into Imovie sound disappears.

    Will this converter fix this problem? Any information would be appreciated.

    (METROXING: Have you tried opening up the clip in iMovie to look to make sure the AUDIO is checked – occasionally, the audio channel track gets unchecked so it appears there’s no audio. Hope that resolves it).

  30. Qusarkis

    best video converter out there for mac BY FAR. I used to use the passthrough setting in visualhub when converting movies for my 3rd gen ipod nano. my question is: is there a passthrough option in mpeg streamclip? any help would be really appreciated, i have spent weeks trying to find a good converter for my ipod and i hope this is it.

    ps sorry if you can’t understand this, english is not my first language :)

    (METROXING: When you say ‘passthrough,’ do you mean, one conversion and you’re done? If that’s your question, the answer is yes, just select IPOD H.264 … you can test it out. MPEG Streamclip is free).

  31. Qusarkis

    thanks for the reply. I can’t seem to find the ‘Ipod H.264′ setting you talked about. what I meant by ‘passthrough’ is using the original video souce. Sorry I can’t explain it better, all I really know about it is that you shouldn’t get any loss of quality at all.

    thanks for the help

    (METROXING: If you select EXPORT TO MPEG-4 (that is H.264) – the next menu that comes up offers IPOD settings on the top right. If you drag the QUALITY bar to 100%, it’s esentially passthrough. Based on my opinion, it’s excellent and it seems to be as close to pass-through as you can get (does it lose 0.1% resolution? I would guess but overall, it seems to look great and excellent lossless-like quality). If you click PRESETS after you make all your choices, you can save the setting and use it again next time … for family stuff, of course, you want 100% but if it’s something you recorded from TV or you want a smaller file size, you can slide it down to 75% with minimal loss but in most cases, I think 100% is fine/great since storage space is so much cheaper anyway …).

  32. molepeople

    I have the same problem as “Jay” above. I use Streamclip to open VOB files from VHS that I have created and transferred to DVD. I just transferred a video that appears in 3 separate VOB files. When I first put it in the computer, Streamclip opened them all just fine. Beginning the next day it would only open the 3rd one, the other 2 say “file open error” and then when I click “open anyway” it looks like it’s going to work, then I get the message: “File open error: can’t find video or audio tracks”. There was no damage to the DVD in the day that it sat on my desk in its case. So why won’t it work now when it did before? Is there a solution? I went through this twice already.

    (METROXING: Humm, interesting. Try this – try restarting your computer and launch MPEG streamclip first … it might be a memory issue or a memory issue and a HDD space issue as it might use your HDD for swaps? Since it’s a free app, it might run low on RAM & or contiguous HDD space and instead of a nicely crafted error, you just a message that it’s not working … try that and let us know how that goes?)

  33. Scott

    I downloaded tivodecode to convert my .tivo files to MPEG. I have the MPEG2 component form apple. But, when I try to open them in MPEG Streamclip all I get is the first frame of the video and the sound. Do you know what might help?

    (METROXING: When you say you DLed “Tivodecode,” I presume you downloaded TiVo Decode Manager? … It apparently ONLY works on a Tivo2 series unit (I have not tried the app) so if you don’t have a Series 2 unit, your only alternative might be Popcorn – though users don’t seem particularly happy with it – reporting that only some files convert correctly.

    As Tivo notes on their TiVo To Go page, “Certain shows may not be eligible for transfers using the Multi-Room Viewing or TiVoToGo features.” so perhaps that is the problem no matter which app you try.

    Have you tried TiVo File Decode? It requires that X11 be installed and familiarity with Terminal? If you nod yes to both, it might be worth a try – otherwise, find a unix geek to help …

    Though honestly, the best solution might be the Neuros OSD that will take any output and convert to MPEG-4. I am planning on buying one and writing a review soon but I have not read one bad review for it AND you can even output any DVD to it – you also need to buy an external Hard Drive for storage – which you then carry over to your Mac (if they’re not close by) and open the MPEG-4 files or convert using MPEG Streamclip … let me know how it goes – good luck!)

  34. Scott

    I imported the Tivo video files with Roxio Toast 8 Titanium and converted the files to MPEG-2 with TiVo Decoder (http://inik.net/node/97). Then I downloaded MPEG Streamclip 1.9 and Apple QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component.

    The problem is that the MPEG-2 files converted with Tivodecode will play fine with Toast but with Streamclip or Quicktime I only get the audio with only the first frame of the video.

    I am attempting to edit out commercials before burning to a DVD.

    Any suggestions?

    (METROXING: Can you export to another format like MPEG-4 – is the AppleTV setting available for Toast? That should give you DV like quality. Then if you have to, you can drag it into iMovie (takes a while to import but editing is easier).

  35. Bonnie

    Re Tim’s comment about getting no audio in iMovie when he imports a MPEG file into it…If he has iMovie 5 (like I do), it does not support the MPEG-1 format, and video but no audio is to be expected. He needs to convert to DV or MPEG-4 format using Streamclip. Now here’s the rub….

    When I do this (convert from a MPEG-1 with Streamclip), my video resolution goes down the tubes! It’s the standard 640×480 going in (from by Sony Cybershot camera), and looks fine in Quicktime and Streamclip, but coming out after conversion (in any format), using all the presets, it’s all jaggy, with about 10 little squares per inch (yes, I can even count them!) What is going on? Everyone else raves about how great Streamclip is, but this is the pits. Any suggestions?

    (METROXING: Do you have the quality at 100%? Beyond that, it might require you to shoot a minute clip and start playing around with the checkmarks and settings to see what works best. I have yet to test out more than 10% of them since the final output looks good enough to me so far).

  36. Scott

    Thank You!

    I’ve playing around with this for days.

    For anyone else out there with a similar problem, this is how I did it: (Using Mac OSX)

    1. Use Tivotogo along with Toast8 to get the .tivo file.

    2. Convert the .tivo file with Tivodecode (http://inik.net/node/97) to MPEG-2

    3. Drop the MPEG-2 file into Toast8 and export it as an MPEG-4.

    4. Import the MPEG-4 to imovie, edit and save in whatever format that you want. (The MPEG-4 will work in Streamclip but it is difficult to edit with accuracy.)

    Thanks again for your help-

    (METROXING: Roxio Toast has added this questions regarding Macs & TivoToGo … Mirka (Roxio) says:
    We did indeed believe that we had addressed all the sync issues in Toast 9 and were planning to issue an update for Toast 8 customers. Post launch, we have become aware that some problems persist. As a result, we are going through the process of acquiring the problematic files and working to resolve any remaining issues. We fully intend to continue to work through all the issues and update Toast 9 and Toast 8 customers as required. We are asking for Toast 9 customers’ assistance. If a Toast 9 customer has experienced sync issues, we ask that they email TivoFiles@roxio.com, as we would like to acquire and test the problematic file).

  37. Bonnie

    Re my previous problem with resolution:

    I tried different settings, and the thing that improved it drastically was NOT to select an in and out point! The resolution was fine as long as I converted the whole file, instead of just a slice of it. I don’t see why setting an in and out should affect anything having to do with the resolution, but it does. A bug, maybe?

    Thanks for your help!

    (METROXING: Well, the whole in & out points seems backwards – I only use MPEG streamclip to “brighten up” a clip. It’s fast and holds quality in doing that … I got a El Gato Turbo Stick for doing conversions – much faster … though I believe Mac only).

  38. J

    Help!! I’m a drug counselor trying to reach highschool aged folk and I love what’s on youtube. As you can imagine there are many, many applications. But flv always pixels out to where it’s ridiculous and annoying. Is there ANY software out there that can translate flv for viewing on TV without the pixel prob?

    (METROXING: Yes, strangely, YouTube creates some of the lowest resolution viewing possible. However, if you download the video itself, the original resolution is retained and in 40-80% of the cases, it will look slightly to way better playing it via Quicktime. You can do a search on GoogleVideo – if the video is there, it is not only in higher resolution but click on download and choose PSP/IPOD and it’s already in QT MPEG-4 for you. If it’s only on YouTube, just follow our post on pulling and converting video. Good luck!)

  39. That was seriously the best review of MPEG Streamclip I have EVER READ!!! Thank you so much… It was a lot of reading, but definitely worth it. I have had the program for six months and even then, you still taught me something new!

    You’re the greatest!

  40. shane

    Every time i try to open a VOB file, Streamclip crashes (the standard “…has encountered a problem & needs to close” message appears.

    i have the latest version of QT & the MPEG-2 plug in from Apple. i have tried to uninstall streamclip, but can’t figure out how to do it! it doesn’t show up in my Windows Add/Remove programs or my start menu.

    any thoughts…?
    thanks!

    (METROXING: Did you copy the file to your computer instead of trying to convert directly from the DVD? (Of course, it is an unencrypted DVD, right?) – does that help?)

  41. shane

    yes, i copied the file & attempted to open it from my desktop. i’m on a very robust system with tons of memory, processor, etc.
    something happened when i installed the QT Mpeg-2 plug-in. after that, crashes every time, with ANY vob file (all unprotected).

    i just installed Streamclip on another computer & it worked like a charm. not sure what happened on my forst attempt… but does anyone know how to UNinstall Streamclip so i can start over? or has it screwed up my registry?
    thanks for your help!!

    (METROXING: Sorry, Mac user here – maybe the MPEG Streamclip forum?)

  42. pixanator44

    I’ve read through the post and comments and I am amazed how advanced everybody is!

    I am trying to edit a 30 second spot on FCP. My source is a non-copy protected commercial jazz performance DVD.

    I tried to view the tutorial on YouTube, but I’m getting no audio.

    Can you please tell me the steps in simple layman’s terms for getting about 5 minutes of material from DVD into FCP, using the DVD player in my MacBook Pro as the playback source. I’m told it’s really easy, but I have no idea what to do.

    Thanks.

    (METROXING: If you’re certain it’s not copy protected, copy the folder called VIDEO_TS onto your hard drive. Then download and install HANDBRAKE. Launch Handbrake – for source, select the VIDEO_TS folder. Ideally, there are chapters so you only have to convert the one chapter you want. You might need to watch the DVD beforehand to figure out what chapter it is you want. Then select APPLETV as your “encoding” choice, this will give you the highest fidelity.” SElect either the entire material you want to convert or just the chapter, select ADD TO QUEUE. Then select START QUEUE and wait for it to be completed. Once done, it is now a MPEG-4 file that you can import or drag into FCP. Good luck!)

  43. Why FLV and .mp4 videos don’t appear in my quicktime?
    When i put the video file .flv on VLC player, it says:”macosx: QT doesn’t support any appropriate chroma”.
    My Quicktime is 7.4.1.
    What’s the problem?

    (METROXING: Make sure you have the PERIAN plug-ins. Search MacUpdate or the internet for PERIAN QT plug-ins – then try again).

  44. Do DV files have the highest quality when muxing m2v and aiff files? Is it the best choice for pro playback?

    I need to retain the highest quality for DVD playback on massive plasma screens in night clubs.

    Thanks

    (METROXING: You are going to get the best file without losing too much resolution – whether that’s good enough, I’d be curious to see blown up so large … try it and let us know. You can figure about 1 GB per 5 minutes maybe? Then you can experiement and output it via iDVD (making a new MPEG-2 DVD) or play it back as a DV file straight (if you a Mac Pro) or as a H.264 file. Let us know how it looks. Make sure to try a clip with lots of transitions. Good luck!)

  45. Rob

    I used MPEG-streamclip to hijack a bunch of DVD’s. I re-edited them and burnt the whole thing back to DVD. I’m getting lots of vocal cut-outs – sorta like a jerky, stuttering microphone type of sound. Any idea how to cure this?

    (METROXING: I’ve never had any problems with MPEG-S but I only really use it for lightening a clip but I’ve never had any audio problems – my only guess would be to ask if you’re absolutely certain the original file was fine? You’re saying you transfered them directly to MPEG-S?)

  46. Rob

    Would Toast or Popcorn be better?

    (METROXING: Popcorn is kind of a one-trick pony (essentially), if you’re only interested in making DVD-R’s from VOB files, Popcorn is as simple as drag & drop. Toast is more complicated but it also does way, way more and I find burning DVD-R (or CD-R’s) with it a lot more reliable than Apple’s built in burning app … plus the latest has HD features, etc, etc … so unless you absolutely only want to make VOB’s into DVD-R’s, I recommend getting Toast).

  47. Ela

    I want one software to convert one movie that suffix is vob I want change this file to wmv or dat file
    Thankes

    (METROXING: I’m pretty sure MPEG Streamclip converts to WMV).

  48. Yas

    I have a Hitachi HDD and DVD camcorder and i recorded straight to the DVD. I can see the VRO file on my mac when i connect it to the camcorder via usb. I want to use what i’ve recorded with iMovie. Any help on how to do that? I’ve downloaded MPEG streamclip incase i need to convert the file…. thanks!

    (MET: If you can open the file (or drag in the VRO file) into MPEG Streamclip, you are set to convert to importing into iMovie (select either MP4 or DV) – do a snippet first to test out quality. Good luck!)

  49. Manro

    I have been trying to use Streamclip to export a homemade DVD into a DV file so I can edit it in FCP for some time now. I repeatedly get the message “Error: Can’t create DV file.” I have purchased MPEG-2 and installed the Perian codecs, but nothing has changed. Do you have any advice?

  50. Chuck

    Hey Gang
    I’m trying to use MPEG Streamclip to download and play back videos from YouTube. The picture comes out fine, but there is never any audio…any advice?
    Thanks
    Chuck

    (MET: Yea, I could never get MPEG Streamclip to work properly – the DOWNLOAD HELPER plugin works great (Firefox users)).

  51. Liz

    Hi, I am trying to use Final Cut Pro to edit flv and wmv files. I can import the flv file and edit, however there is no option for exporting either flv or wmv file types from Final Cut. Is it possible to use MPEG Streamclip to export these files as flv or wmv (and not have Final Cut convert them to Quicktime movie) after I have saved my project? Also when importing into Final Cut, my flv files lose quality in audio. Can Streamclip help in this too? Thanks!

    (MET: A lot will depend on how much quality you want for your final product – you can also experiment by opening your FLV files in QT Pro and exporting as a DV file – then importing into FCP. I have converted FLV files to QT but only to play on my iPod/iPhone so I’m not asking for great quality … if your budget allows, then Sorenson Squeeze is probably your best bet – there is FLV export version. For a cheaper WMV file, you can try buying the full version of Flip4Mac. It really depends on what file/sound resolution is acceptable to you and you final viewing medium … good luck!)

  52. Chad

    I had several 16mm films (historical films) digitized with resulting VOB files. The total amount of films resulted in approx. 7-8 gigabytes. My question is three-fold: 1. For archival purposes, should I convert the VOB files to DV or MPEG 2 format? 2. I’d also like to distribute these films to several friends of mine. I believe uploading them to the web (I have a webhost with several gigabytes of space) probably is prohibitive due to the long amount of time it would take for others to download the files, but if I had select clips of these film on the web, would MPEG-4 AVC be the best format? If I distributed the digitized files on DVDs, what would be the best format for this venue? 3. Lastly, what would be the best protocol to use to edit the VOB files? Would converting the VOBs to DVs and then editing, and then finally converting to the final format whatever that may be (MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG2, VOB)be the best approach? Or, would converting the VOBs to the final format (MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG2) and then simply editing and not having to convert again to another format? I know this is a somewhat involved question, but I’m trying to maximize quality (due to the poor condition of the original films) but also am trying to get a reasonable compression scheme. Thanks for any help. Oh yes, MpegStreamClip is absolutely great!

    (MET: I would keep a set – even unedited as DV – the least compressed format – yea, they are huge but maybe you might budget for a Blu Ray burner? Or I think dual layer “personal” DVD-R’s are 8.55 GB? So, that might be the way to go – and oh yes, make at least three backups just to be safe or a HDD is cheap nowadays – just store it offsite. Then there’s no reason not to make a DVD copy (MPEG-2) just for easy access for most people you can sell or mail out. As for the web, if there’s interest, there are “host” sites that will even pay you money for large audiences – that’s the best way to go since it’s not your bandwidth though you lose a little in resolution. IF you want to offer people the highest resolution, then encode it as a H264 but instead of viewing it online, let people download it – trying to serve a high res even compressed H.264 is going to expensive (Apple lets you download virtually all their videos – that way you view it on your system and better resolution anyway). Unless you have FCP and Apple’s compressor AND a desktop Mac, then conisder getting El Gato’s Turbo Stick – it does a great job of compressing files to 25% of it size without losing much solution).

  53. geekmorgan

    been using this software for years, and I’m trying to find a passthrough mode too. Other sofware packages have this option, and it lets you ‘pass through’ the video without changing it at all, while converting the audio to another format – or vice versa. For instance, I’ve got some Divx AVI files with AC3 audio. My WinMCE won’t play the audio but the video is fine. I don’t want to waste time decompressing the video and lose quality when all I need to do is change the video.

  54. Chris

    Can anyone provide help? I have made several small films in Final Cut Pro that were then burned to DVD using iDVD. Now I’m interested in getting those films in DVD form back into MPEG form for upload onto You Tube. However, Streamclip doesn’t seem to want to open the VOB files. Am I doing something wrong? Suggestions?

  55. josif

    For Mac users, I find a powerful Mac video converter, which can easily convert MPEG, FLV, MOV, 3GP, AVI, MP4, and even HD video, share it:)
    http://www.flvconverterformac.com

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