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A client gave me a file in Windows Media Video format. I need to edit it in Final Cut Pro X. The problem is that Final Cut Pro X can't read it. Neither can Apple Compressor. It has a Quicktime logo, suggesting that Quicktime can open it, but Quicktime cannot.

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I'd be interested to hear alternate solutions, although my answer worked. –  Luce Goose Mar 18 at 3:23

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

The good news is I didn't just overlook something. Transcoding .WMV to .MOV is a real problem. The bad news is that it cost me $29 to solve it. I purchased the "Player Pro" license for Flip4Mac by Telestream after reading this support article by Apple.

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Cheer up! There are many $600+ programs that can do that too. –  Craig Mar 17 at 22:57
Note that if you have a PC available, it is near trivial to go from WMV to MOV on a PC. I guess it is a bit harder on a Mac though. –  AJ Henderson Mar 18 at 3:01

I can recommend Adapter.

It is a Wrapper for the ffmpeg package and does its job pretty well. Because of its easy UI. You could also use ffmpeg directly via macports, but I think that Adapter is far easier to control.

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