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I need a program that can take a raw .dv file and convert it to a H.264 file [mpeg]. I have searched high and low and have only found super which I am downloading at the moment. My company has quicktime pro which doesn't seem to do it. We also have several turbo video editing computers which are designed for high def video editing. they dont seem to do it either. Anyone know of a free or cheap sub $200 software app that can do this? I would prefer answers from people who have actually done this and not googlers .
    
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Windows Movie Maker might be able to do it, now that I think about it.

But, I haven't used it in ages. I'm on Final Cut Pro 2, and when capturing it's done directly to choice.

Try Windows Movie Maker.
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nope. lol
    
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Hmm. Actually, you should be able too. If not that program, than iMovie if there's a mac around.

With super editing machines, hi-def or not, you should be able to access and convert a .dv file in one of the programs installed.

Do you have the actual tape or camera? Or just the .dv file?
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Im not quite sure but I do a lot of video editing and stuff and VirtualDub can open up almost any file and then convert it into something else (at least it can for all the different files I use ). Of course you'll have to manually install the codecs for VDub but once they're installed I think it will be able to.

If VirtualDub doesn't work then try VirtualDubMod, its suppose to be better in some way...... never really figured out what lol.
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Do you have a linux box you can use?
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the file that i want to convert to is mp4 v10 aka h.264. I have a program that can do it but I am going to have a deadline so I am looking at the options. I am needing to produce several spindles of DVDs but the main problem is the encoding. I will have to take from DV tape to DVD and then distribute them among computers to handle the work load of encoding 30gb of video onto 5 discs for distribution. The time window is less than a day.
    
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the file that i want to convert to is mp4 v10 aka h.264. I have a program that can do it but I am going to have a deadline so I am looking at the options. I am needing to produce several spindles of DVDs but the main problem is the encoding. I will have to take from DV tape to DVD and then distribute them among computers to handle the work load of encoding 30gb of video onto 5 discs for distribution. The time window is less than a day.
Do you have Sony Vegas 7? Im pretty sure it has an option that allows to share the encoding process on networked computers.
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Erm, sounds like a pinch. The only road I know is to stream through your NLE to an intermediate then compress to the desired.

Sorry mang.
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Erm, sounds like a pinch. The only road I know is to stream through your NLE to an intermediate then compress to the desired.

Sorry mang.
Thanks for the help. I am far from in a pinch. I have a stack of dual core laptops coming for the task. The DVs will be sent via courier or fedex. Then I go to work I am just playing with a 1GB .dv file at the moment. The program so far that i have chosen to be the mule is SUPER. for those that dont know it here is a link. The web page is crap but the program is the best I have seen so far. It is not an editor it is just a encoder. It takes any format and makes it any format. It gets a lot of use in my industry . Took a 1gig file down to 53mb native res and 44,100khz audio. It did it in about 15-20 minutes. I am not certain what resolution they are going to hand me. It could be 1080p it could be something else. I also have to discuss what the client wants. I am sure he saw some neat little write up on the new h264 codec and that is what he wants. So that is what he will get. Luckily the property in atlanta who produced this is going to reip to dvd the DV files so that I can transfer them easier. I dont wan tot have to set up 5 DSRs, and install video software to rip the DV tapes to my hard drives. Given more time a FTP would be the best choice. Lets hope that all goes well and that the client is not a total idiot who expects more than he can get. like no compression to fit on 5 dvds lol
    
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