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#1 68k


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 13:18

Hi, I just wanted some recommendations in regards to (good-quality) programs to convert WMV video files to MP4.

I did try VLC, but it gave poor results (skipped frames, sound out of sync). I was expecting VLC to be better - it works well when ripping DVDs. Also, the MP4 VLC produced would not play on an iPad (through the native Movies app) or through QuickTime, however, it did play through VLC (of course). I just left the MP4 encoding settings as default.

I would like to try HandBrake next. Has anyone had any experience with this? I would love to hear your feedback.

Preferably, I want the program to be free/open source, and without any ads (displayed while encoding)/adware/spyware.

I can also try DVDFlick to burn the WMV to DVD-RW, and then rip it off that (on that note, I could also use Windows DVD Maker for this).

I am questioning about how well FFmpeg supports WMV.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 13:22

Format Factory


#3 Jose_49


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 13:27

It's a little complex to learn how to use it, but when you do, MeGUI beats the hell out of any other converter out there.

#4 OP 68k


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 13:27

FFmpeg might work - I will give it a try tomorrow:

ffmpeg -i [your_video.wmv] -r 20 -ar 44100 -ab 196 -b 300k -aspect 4:3 -s 320x240 -croptop 0 -cropbottom 0 -cropleft 0 -cropright 0 [your_video.mp4]

-r 20 is the framerate [frames/second]
-ar 44100 is the audio rate [samples/second]
-ab 196 is audio 196 kbit/s
-b 300k is the video bitrate of 300 kbit/s
-aspect 4:3 is the desired aspect ratio
-s 320x240 will scale to E8 screen resolution

The WMVs have a resolution of 640x480.

Thanks for the replies - I'll try them all! :)

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 14:01

Handbrake or go home... I love it

#6 Kriz


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 14:15

Freemake Video Converter, simple & free.


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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:10

handbrake - simple, FREE, no ads, GREAT!

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:16

Freemake is the simplest though I noticed it reduces the bitrate even when set to automatic - I usually load the file in gspot first to get the bitrate and match it in the settings. Lots of great presets in there though :)
Handbrake is awesome - especially with the ATV3/Highprofile presets that I can tweak ever so slightly to retain as much quality as possible.
A-Tube I used to love but its MP4 decoding seems to break on me after a few runs but I love it for its Youtube ripping ability over Freemake as it lists all the videos in order of resolution for me so I am getting the best one :)

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:27

Another vote for Freemake

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:29

Handbrake hands down.

Look no further!

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 20:52

Check out Miro. It doesn't get much simpler. http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/

#12 thunderrooster



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:34

WinFF and Any Video Converter Freeware is pretty good.

#13 t3chmachine



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Posted 01 April 2013 - 21:46

another vote for Freemake

#14 Growled


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 00:55

I too use Handbrake. It's an awesome piece of software.

Just to throw this out there, but if you wanted to do it online....


I've not tried video but I have tried audio from flac to mp3 and it was excellent.

#15 Mando


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:00

I used Free CUDA Video Converter 6 to do just this last night. Of course its only any use if you have a Geforce Gfx card :)