How to Convert Incompatible Video Files
So, is that it? Are Mac owners left on the outside looking in? Should you have gotten a Vista system?
Please tell me you didn't actually just think that! Perish the thought!
See, years ago I personally decided I needed a camcorder. I researched all of the options, and in the end I selected a hard drive camcorder even after learning the dirty little secret that my Mac wouldn't play nice with it at first. My solution was not a Windows laptop that I kept hidden away when friends came over, that would be too much to ask of myself. No, it was much simpler.
Instead of losing all hope at ever using a Hard Drive camcorder with my Mac I did a little searching. As it turns out there are Mac users out there wanting to utilize the latest video technology. And there are software companies out there willing to generate a little profit to help us out. These companies are kind enought to create video conversion software.
Got an AVI that you want to make a .MOV? How about an MPEG file that you'd like to see as an MP4? These software packages can handle those conversions for you, and more.
One of the companies offering video conversion software even goes so far as to give it away. MPEG Streamclip is a free program from the good folks at Squared5.com. It's a great little program, and I've been using it for years. That is, ever since I purchased my hard drive camcorder for use with my Mac.
There are other great software packages out there as well. Capty MPEG, Flip4Mac, and Visual Hub to name a few. All work well, and all rest happily on the dock on my computer. While Streamclip is free, the other packages do have financial costs associated with them. Check them out for yourself. And by all means, don't rule out the latest camcorder technology.