Video Tutorial: Editing Windows Video Files under Mac OS – Part 1

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Occasionally, some people ask us how they can edit (under Mac OS) AVI files they got from friends who use Windows OS. Also, we’ve been making game play videos for latest PC games for the past several months. Thanks to Apple’s Boot Camp, we can play PC games natively on our iMac 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo. Suppose that we use screen-capture applications for Windows OS. Then how would we import them to Mac OS so that we could edit them with Final Cut Pro?

By the way, the following is a rough list of screen-capture applications we’ve used in recent months.





  • SnagIt by TechSmith
  • HyperSnap by Hyperionics
  • Super Screen Recorder by Zeallsoft
  • Fraps by beepa
  • ZD Recorder by ZD Soft
  • Camtaisa Studio by TechSmith





  • We won’t discuss which one is the best for what particular purpose unless you are interested in our subjective amateur opinions. Anyway, that’s not the purpose of this post.

    The following video tutorial shows steps to use video clips created under Windows OS for the purpose of editing them under Mac OS. A simple scenario is that one recorded a game play video with Fraps. And he wants to edit this game play video with Final Cut Pro. In another scenario, one recorded desktop activity, using Camtasia Studio or ZD Soft. And he wants to edit those screen-capture clips with iMovie. In this video tutorial, we record a short game play video under Windows OS. The ultimate goal is to edit a rendered video clip natively with Final Cut Pro under Mac OS. Of course, you can edit the same rendered video clip with iMovie and Adobe After Effects/Premiere Pro





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  • VTC version: 1.0
  • Length: 7 minutes 6 second
  • Video file size: 35.8 MB
  • Video format: QuickTime
  • Video compression: H.264
  • Video resolution: 900 x 675 pixels
  • Audio effects: Enabled
  • Audio commentary: Available




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