I’ll start with an MOV file, knowing that Windows and the Expression Encoder 2 don’t install the codecs needed to handle such a file. It’s an Apple video file type that doesn’t work in Windows Movie Maker, but if that’s where you want to use it, a file conversion is needed. Fortunately, getting the codec is easy.
You may be familiar with iTunes… who isn’t? I use it daily as I work on my Vista laptop at Barnes & Noble. As I’m typically doing video work and want to listen to internet radio at the same time, iTunes is the perfect player. Although Windows Media Player (WMP) can play the same radio stations, it automatically changes its focus to any video file I double-click on, which turns off the radio station. iTunes continues along unaffected by WMP doing the video viewing.
Here’s the link to get iTunes.
What has that to do with the codec for the MOV file? The installation of iTunes includes an option to include Apple’s Quick Time Player, which includes a codec to play .MOV files. Installing it lets the Expression Encoder 2 handle MOV input files.
With the codec in place and the Expression Encoder 2 open, the steps to do a conversion are:
The limited number of choices in the list is the single biggest reason for not using the Express version of the Encoder when you’re doing a file conversion heading for a video editor. Features of the Express version don’t include a DV-AVI choice or custom WMV profiles for higher bitrate choices.
The process ends with a good quality wmv file or Silverlight package, ready to upload to your server or internet service.
This post is part of the series: Microsoft Expression Encoder 2
- Microsoft Expression Encoder 2 – Introduction
- Microsoft Expression Encoder 2 – Express or Full Version?
- Microsoft Expression Encoder 2 –Setup
- Microsoft Expression Encoder 2 – Compatibility List
- Tips and Tricks in Microsoft Expression Encoder 2
- File Conversion Basics in Microsoft Expression Encoder 2