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.

  • I'd be interested to hear alternate solutions, although my answer worked. – Crowder Mar 18 '14 at 3:23

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.

  • 8 months later I faced the same issue on a new Mac. Adapter was so much simpler and easier than Flip4Mac. However, it only had an option to convert to .MP4, not .MOV, so I guess the answer to the original question is still Flip4Mac. However, +1 for solving the problem. – Crowder Feb 6 '15 at 4:21
  • @NathanLucy Might be better, accepting this question. – p2or Jun 29 '15 at 6:45
  • @poor Yep. I confirmed Adapter works on my Mac running 10.10 Yosemite. – Crowder Jul 3 '15 at 12:47

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 '14 at 22:57
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    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 '14 at 3:01

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