How to edit MOV video files?

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Hey guys,
I am a PC user, have a Kodak Zi8, and need to edit these video output files that are .MOV (no other format availlable).

I just do basic edits, and would even love to do it in Camtasia, but my version is older and doesn't work with .MOV. The ArcSoft package that comes with the camera will convert to AVI, but it screws the sound file up, and it comes out really tinny sounding.

What FREE program can I use to edit the .MOV files? Or is there an easy way to convert to AVI? I tried a couple converters, but the encoding still did not allow for Camtasia to edit..... ARGH!

Thanks team!
Jeremy
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    There are a number of ways to do this, you can use FFMPEG, to convert the file, or you can use a direct editor, MOV is actually not a bad format if you have settings that create the best compression and quality.

    I use MAC, so everything is MOV, but I can check around to see what might be out there to do it for free, I am sure you can use FFMPEG, but to be honest, the file sizes will inflate if you try to use the older version of Camtasia, also, the code it outputs is often bloated, like road kill, in the middle of july.

    I think you might do better with an editor that gives you more control over the output,
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    • Profile picture of the author anayb
      Originally Posted by Tim Franklin View Post

      There are a number of ways to do this, you can use FFMPEG, to convert the file, or you can use a direct editor, MOV is actually not a bad format if you have settings that create the best compression and quality.

      I use MAC, so everything is MOV, but I can check around to see what might be out there to do it for free, I am sure you can use FFMPEG, but to be honest, the file sizes will inflate if you try to use the older version of Camtasia, also, the code it outputs is often bloated, like road kill, in the middle of july.

      I think you might do better with an editor that gives you more control over the output,
      FFMPEG is my personal choice, but hitting keyboards for typing command lines is tiresome, also you need to tweak lots of parameters for the best results, which non-technical folks would be reluctant to do so. I use a wrapper of my favourite scripting language, so everything is automatic.
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  • Profile picture of the author jeremytfleming
    Thanks Michelle and Tim,
    I will keep searching for the elusive free MOV editor.... in the meantime, I will try the converters you have suggested....

    Anyone else find a decent .MOV editor on the cheap (free)? I love the Zi8 (thanks to the external mic jack), but MOV is becoming a hassle....
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    • Profile picture of the author MacS09
      Try VideoPad Video Editor - they have a free version, too.
      Look carefully on the page for the link to the free edition.
      I meant to copy the URL but as I had left the page they did not give the link again when I returned to it.

      The software adds all sorts of media formats but outputs video only as avi.

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  • Profile picture of the author jeremytfleming
    Thanks for this ncmedia. I hear what you are saying about using Camtasia.... not really intended for live video. At this point, I just need to trim my video (camera is on a tripod, so I need to trim out my walking into the frame and out of the frame) and perhaps add a title slide - so not really editing so to speak.

    I tried a free version of one of the programs you suggested last year - but for a non-video guy like me it was difficult to figure out.

    I continue on my quest....

    Have a gooder!

    Originally Posted by ncmedia View Post

    Ideally you shouldn't be editing video in camtasia as that's for screen caps.

    Get yourself either AdobePremiere, FinalCutPro, or other semi-pro/pro video editor you'll find it much easier to be in charge of the cut.

    Having said that - best free conversion tool out there imo:
    Squared 5 - MPEG Streamclip video converter for Windows XP/Vista/7

    load your .mov, set whatever format you want for camtasia (mp4 with h.264 codec or flv work best for camtasia - AVI's are massive and cinepak sucks so if you do AVI's use the h.264 - set your quality/audio and convert - then load them up in your camtasia and you're good to go.

    Cheers,
    NC.

    PS: MOV is actually amazing once you wrap your head around the codecs and conversions - Look up 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 conversions - that's what you want to preserve quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Actually, I always had trouble with my Kodak camera. It produced files in a format that was hard for video editors to read, so I got rid of it and got a cannon. That one works super. BTW, Kodak is going to stop making digital cameras.

    I was using file conversions. However, you lose a lot of your detail and it makes for a fuzzy movie.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by jeremytfleming View Post

    Hey guys,
    I just do basic edits, and would even love to do it in Camtasia, but my version is older and doesn't work with .MOV.
    It's not well documented, but you have to install Apple's QuickTime software before Camtasia will work with MOV files. Until then, it looks like Camtasia doesn't support it.
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  • Profile picture of the author I.M.Retired
    Check Zamzar - it can convert .mov files to .avi files and it's free.

    Free conversion - no download required - Zamzar
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  • Profile picture of the author sagits
    You need to convert it first. Then you can use the video editor that comes with your Windows.
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      • Profile picture of the author fionaeagle
        Suggest you to convert MOV to AVI and still edit the videos with Camtasia. Or edit MOV files with Final Cut Pro, a editing program designed by Apple Inc. You can also try Video Editor software.
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      • Profile picture of the author turningpointup
        Thank you for shareing this app and easy guide, it helps to do basic editing for me very easily.

        Originally Posted by betterfaather View Post

        You may also try iDealshare VideoGo to edit MOV video files


        Below is its major features for which i like it very much
        • Edit MOV files in the following aspects: cut MOV files to capture your favorite clips, crop MOV to remove the black edges around your movie video, rotate MOV video 90 Degrees, 180 Degrees, and 270 Degrees, etc, adjust MOV video image in brightness, contrast and saturation, add watermark/subtitle/music to MOV files, remove/extract subtitles from MOV clips, compress big MOV files to smaller ones, join several MOV video into one, split MOV file, increase or decrease volume of MOV movie, adjust bitrate/sample rate/aspect ratio, remove audio from MP4 media, change audio channel and more for experience;
        • Edit MOV video as well as keep the source format;
        • Edit MOV movie as well as convert MOV to many other video formats like AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, ASF, RM, DV, MXF, WebM, MPG, Apple ProRes, etc, and audio formats such as MP3, WAV, AAC, AC3, M4A, DTS, CAF, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, AU, OGG, WMA;
        • Except editing MOV clips, it supports optimizing many other video and audio formats, for example, MP4, WMV, MKV, FLV, AVI, AVHCD, WTV, MXF, WebM, MTS/M2TS, MOD, MP3, WAV, M4B, AIFF, CAF, VOC, OPUS, DTS, APE;
        • In addition, this wonderful MOV Editor also works as a Player with high compatibility and a Downloader which can download video online;
        • Better still, it has both Mac and Windows version.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xochitl Shat
    Easily edit MOV video with tools like trim, crop, cut, split, rotate and combine videos. Using a third-party conversion tool will allow you to change your file format and still manage to edit your files efficiently. iSkysoft Video Editor is a popular video editing software with versatile functionality and friendly usability. In addition to editing MOV and other video in different formats easily, users can easily add some cool video effect into the videos. They can add background music and adjust the brightness, contrast and remove video noise.
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  • Profile picture of the author anynewsbd
    You can try with anyvideoconverter
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    • Profile picture of the author sancadia
      Here is a tutorial on how to edit MOV files in two aspects: basic editing and advanced editing.

      Basic editing includes: cut MOV to capture your favorite clips, crop to remove the black edges around your MOV video, merge multiply MOV clips into a big one, split MOV file by chapter, rotate MOV movie 90 degreee/180 degree etc, add subtitle/audio track/watermark/effect to MOV video, adjust MOV video image, capture your favorite pictures from MOV movie and so on.

      Advanced editing includes: adjust MOV video size/quality, change audio channel of MOV video, increase or decrease MOV audio volume, adjust MOV bitrate/sample rate, remove audio from MOV, adjust MOV aspect ratio and other more advanced settings.

      It also applies to edit MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author awledd
    I add mine here. I use PAZERA video converter which I found to be highly effective. It is also 100 percent free. It converts to most media formats. After converting you can edit with the video editors that come with windows.

    Another alternate to cut videos is Avidemux free software.
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    • Profile picture of the author iam8iam
      To trim the mov file:
      Free Video Cutter


      To convert mov to avi: Format Factory or Handbrake. Both are great converters.
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  • Profile picture of the author malikshahid3232
    I'm using clipchamp.com/transcode. It's very easy to use and fast
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    While this is an old thread that's been bumped, the info could be useful for other folks.


    A key to being a good video creator is being able to convert videos from one format to another, which will give you the most options since not all video editors can handle all video formats.


    I suggest the FreeMake video converter. It's free, easy and works with virtually all the popular video formats.


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  • Profile picture of the author mmrahman5737
    Did you check with your windows build in apps? If you windows, you will found Windows Movie Maker/Windows DVD Maker. Beside this apps, there are many free apps also, you can use them. I have used these apps, Camtasia & Ulead video studio. You can try these apps if you want. Thanks a lot.
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  • Profile picture of the author Falknersjf
    There are many free mp4 editors that can help you convert mov to avi and do many editings.
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  • Profile picture of the author alfredbobes
    I use iDealshare VideoGo to edit MOV video.

    It helps to:

    Remove any unneeded contents in MOV video including black borders, commercial logos, watermark, subtitles, audio track, etc.
    Split, merge, trim, compress or rotate MOV 90 degrees, 180 degrees or 360 degrees.
    Add special effects, subtitles, background music, text or photo to MOV movie.
    Edit MOV as well as keep the same MOV video format or edit MOV as well as convert MOV to other video format like MP4, AVI, WMV etc
    The most obvious feature: The above features will keep MOV video quality and at fast speed when editing MOV.
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