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  • PC based transcoding software

  • jim

    April 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I have a client that is sending me video from all over the world in all types of file formats. (flip cams are either going to kill me or make me rich) They want them edited into various configurations. To transcode I am using Episode Pro, Adobe Encoder & Compressor (Mac OSX 10.6.4-FCS3, CS5). I’ve come across several .avi files that will only play on my PC w/ media player. On one of the files I guessed that it was not really an avi and changed the suffix to wmv and it played fine (in both PC & Mac). On another I was able to transcode (on the PC using freeware software)the avi to mp4 then get it to ProRes to edit.

    I was looking for a recommendation for an inexpensive PC based transcoding software that would get me from the avi, ACVHDs and others to ProRes or DVCPro 25,50 HD, or perhaps a Photojpeg. This doesn’t happen that often, and I certainly have good solid transcoding options in Mac land, so price is a consideration.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.


  • Craig Seeman

    April 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Episode Pro for Windows? I guess that doesn’t fit inexpensive but it is cross platform.
    MPEGStreamclip which is free and also cross platform.
    ProRes encoding on Windows? Episode Engine (not inexpensive!).

  • jim

    April 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks Craig.

    I did try MPEGstreamclip on the PC, but that didn’t work on some of the files. I guess if it were easy they wouldn’t call it work.



  • Craig Seeman

    April 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    There’s scores of odd formats out there so it seems everything will bump into something it can’t handle
    Miro is crossplatform and they claim “convert virtually any video file”

  • jim

    April 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks Craig, I check it out.



  • Jeff Greenberg

    April 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    You might want to try Avanti (it’s ffmpeg underlying it)

    Inexpensive is the problem. There is also GrassValley Procoder (not cheap) – but it’s a powerful encoder on the PC side.


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