The Basic Functions of MPEG Streamclip (Mac Only)

MPEG Streamclip

Squared 5 has given both Mac and Windows users a great tool to use when it comes to multimedia files. MacHouse recommends every Mac user to grab a copy of their freeware, MPEG Streamclip. As of August 5, the current version of MPEG Streamclip for Mac is 1.7 and is in Universal Binary. 

MPEG Streamclip is quite a powerful application although the size of the latest version is merely 2.4 MB. It can be used to change video containers among AVI, MOV and MP4. And MPEG Streamclip accesses QuickTime components to perform video compression, which means you wouldn’t need QuickTime Pro to compress video with QuickTime codecs. But when you work on VOB files, whether you used QuickTime Pro or MPEG Streamclip, you must have Apple’s QuickTime MPEG-2 component, which is not free. 

Please note that we used Version 1.5.1 for Mac to make this VTC (1.0). But concerning the functions that are covered in this VTC, the difference between 1.5.1 and 1.7.1 is negligible to those who actually use MPEG Streamclip 1.7.1.

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    100 thoughts on “The Basic Functions of MPEG Streamclip (Mac Only)

    1. Finding this info and this software has almost made me feel better about buying a Canon DC10 DVD camcorder when I’m a Mac user! Thanks!!!

    2. I’m told I can use this software for DVD Visual sampling. I’m trying to copy files from a DVD but am struggling to make it work. Any help?

      I basically want to copy a Feature DVD into Final Cut Pro to manipulate. I was using Mac the ripper but green flashes appear every 10 frames or so. It is slow work taking them all out.

      Seeking help


    3. 1. Your problem doesn’t seem to have anything to do with MPEG Streamclip.
      2. “visual sampling” I don’t know exactly what it is.
      3. Use 0SEx and see if it works.
      4. I suggest you specify your system.

    4. I have tried using MPEG Streamclip to convert VOB files to DV for use in Final Cut Express. During the conversion, the audio and video become out of sync (it looks like the video is on fast forward for a second and from then on the audio lags behind the video).

      Am I doing something wrong? I’m very new to this video editing experience so I’m sure I’m missing something.

      Any help you could offer would be wonderful as I am becoming incredibly frustrated.


    5. Working on VOB files with MPEG Streamclip requires you to have Apple’s MPEG 2 Playback. If you have it, you don’t need to convert your VOBs into DV, I suppose. Since we use Final Cut Pro only, we are not 100% sure, but if Final Cut Express works in the same way that does Final Cut Pro, then you should be able to import your VOB files directly to Final Cut Express.

    6. I see. It doesn’t looks like Express supports VOBs. Anyway, as long as you have MPEG-2 Playback installed, MPEG Streamclip should do the job. In fact, we have tested it. And MPEG Streamclip has converted a VOB into DV.

      In the meantime, you may want to try changing settings. The standard DV compression is known to let audio stream out of sync with video stream (a few frames) while DVCAM and DVCPRO compression methods link the audio stream permanently to the video stream.

    7. Nice program. I’ve figured out how to edit out the beginning and end (before and after a movie actaully starts) but how do I edit within the file (say, for removing commercials…)?


    8. Just set the in and out points (under edit menu ) I use the up and down arrows on the keyboard to move through the video to find the exact frames.
      Then once you have your in and out set, select CUT (under the edit menu)

      There is a simple manual under the help menu in MPEG StreamClip

      Comment by Roscoe Primrose
      September 12, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

      How do I edit within the file (say, for removing commercials…)?

    9. Ahh… I misunderstood the question. Sorry. That’s a nice follow-up. Thanks, Mundo.

    10. Very interesting application to edit video files, but I’m sure I don’t use it correctly because I edit an AVI file and export it to QT file and it losses the audio, but I heard it while editing.
      What I did bad?

    11. Sorry:


      (1) hardware
      iBook G4
      1.33 GHz PowerPC G4 (1.1)
      512 KB L2 cache
      1.25 GB DDR SDRAM
      133 MHz BUS

      (2) OS
      Mac OS X 10.3.9 (7W98)
      kernel: Darwin 7.9.0

      Thanks in advance

    12. Excuse me again. It seems to me that I already know what me did badly. When I record with the option “Export” the audio is lost but I have tried with “Save as” and then everything works perfectly.
      Cordial greetings.

    13. I’ve been using MPEG Streamclip for a couple of years now and am generally quite happy with the results. However, I’ve run into an irritating problem recently when I try to export vob files to Quick Time. In most cases, the export goes smoothly, but in some cases, the export appears to go very fast, but only a fraction of the file is exported. In other cases, the video never appears, and all I get is a screen with a scrubber in the middle when I select “export to QT.”. After naming the file and hitting “save,” the export starts for a split second, quits, and results in a message to the effect that the export cannot be done.

      So, I’m wondering if anyone can tell my why these two problems occur and how I might avoid them. I’ve been workind around the problems by converting vob to m2v, then exporting to QT. This takes extra time, of course, so I’d like to avoid it if possible.


    14. Ooops. Forgot to add to the above that I’m using an iMac G4 OS 10.3.1.

    15. Compression: Apple Motion JPEG A (I’m using the default settings)
      iMac G4 (1.25 GHz PowerPC)
      768 MB DDR SDRAM
      OS 10.3.1

    16. Umm… I’m just curious. Why are you using Motion JPEG A? And what is exactly your goal? After exporting the VOB file to QuickTime, you just want to watch it with QuickTime?

    17. Hi!
      run a few test, this app rocks to convert files in ipod format (m4v) by comparaison with quicktime!
      though, I can not edit VOB files on most recent DVD’s and it is annoying.
      it says “error to open the file, first part of the file is unvalid”.
      I’d like to convert my favorites movies in ipod files (m4v) so I can see them on my ipod.
      I suppose it is copy protection, but in this case it is for my personnal use…
      Any help and solution would be welcome.

    18. Use MacTheRipper, 0SEx or something else to rip the DVD. Most commercial DVDs have Microvision’s copy protection. Watch the VTCs for MacTheRipper and 0SEx for more information.

    19. My issue has nothing to do with copy protection. I’m editing/authoring amateur-shot music videos. I’m using Motion JPEG A mainly because that’s the default setting when I choose “export to QT” and it usually works fine. Once the files are exported to QT, I can then import them into iMovie for editing, then author the DVD in iDVD.

      I was advised by the Square 5 Administrator to use QT when I found I was getting inferior results exporting to DV, or converting to m2v and then importing to iMovie. On a recent project, there were four vob files on the source DVD. Files 1, 2, and 4 went into QT with no problem, but I had to convert File 3 to m2v then import that to QT before importing to iMovie. There didn’t seem to be any obvious difference between the four files, so I am asking if anyone can explain it and provide a solution.

    20. No clue. I have never used JPEG A. It seems that it’ll be easier if you just compress the entire TS folder into MP4 (DivX, H.264, XviD…) and import it to iMovie. Many people actually convert each VOB file into DV for iMovie.

    21. I’ll try MP4 and see how it goes. I was using DV, but I was getting blips in the video due to the timecode breaks and had to go to m2v first. Very time-consuming.


    22. I meant that it’s one of MP4-compliant compression algorithms (DivX, H.264, XviD) packed in MOV. Sorry for the confusion. Actually, don’t use DivX. It shouldn’t work.

      Actually, I tested it myself, though, and my iMovie (v.5.0.2) takes MP4.

      iMovie MP4

      But I wouldn’t use MP4 format. You can use MPEG Streamclip to change the package from MP4 to MOV.

    23. Thanks for the clarification. I guess I’m left with my original question as to why some files export right into QT and others don’t.

      Thanks for trying to help.

    24. Hostly, I do not know since I don’t have your files. Usually, I combine All the VOB files into one before compression. In this way, you will get the entire video compressed, or you won’t get a thing. It’s no offense to you, but sometimes, you just have to know everything about video compression.

    25. Here’s what I do. I drag one of the vob files to MPEG Streamclip. It asks if I want “all files,” or just one file. I usually choose “all files.” Then I select “export to QT” and use the default “Motion JPEG A” setting. If that works, I’m in business. But, if it doesn’t, I try the files one at a time. If that works great, but, if one or more files won’t export, then I use “demux to m2v” and go from there back to QT.

      I’m not all that conversant in the subject of video compression, but I do know that sometimes a particular method works, and sometimes it doesn’t. If there’s a solution, it would certainly save me a lot of time.

      Thanks again.

    26. what if I want to transfer PAL on a Dvd to a file.
      What conversion should I use to transfer. I wish to make a dvd using NTSC format.
      G5 powermac

    27. >what if I want to transfer PAL on a Dvd to a file.
      >What conversion should I use to transfer. I wish to make a dvd using NTSC format.

      I’m preoccupied with making other VTCs right now. I’ll get back to you. Thanks.

    28. >what if I want to transfer PAL on a Dvd to a file.
      >What conversion should I use to transfer. I wish to make a dvd using NTSC format.

      NTSC’s DVD resolution is 720 x 480 pixels while PAL’s DVD resolution is set at 720 x 576 pixels. Most commercial DVDs are designed to fit both, though. Is that what you want to know, or you are actually asking about which compression algorithm you should use?

    29. HI there,
      Great product, has been a real help recently. I’m looking to make a compilation of different DVDs at the best quality as they will be projected on a big screen. I’ve extracted the VOB files and want to edit them together with footage that I have shot. Having exported these VOB files to DV (ready for FCP), I then experimented with the export options and noticed QT seem to much larger files. In your opinion will the differnce be noticable (bearing in mind I have to then export from FCP and import into DVD studio Pro etc) in the theatre?
      Thanks for any help,

    30. I don’t mean to mean, but… I don’t see how your arguments are particularly related to MPEG Streamclip. I can only presume that you using MPEG Streamclip to convert VOBs into DVs. Anyway, here, you say, “I then experimented with the export options and noticed QT seem to much larger files.” What options? I can only GUESS that you are exporting your FCP work to DV/QT. We don’t use iDVD or DVD Studio Pro here, by the way.

      “noticeable difference in the theater…” If you are comparing the orignal DVDs and the final DVD in quality, no, I don’t think so. The new DVD won’t be any better than any of the original DVDs, either, I think. Projecting a DVD video on a theater screen will be a totally different story, though.

    31. I have the sonyDCR-SR100 camera. I have the MPEG2 downloaded and the streamline to convert the files. When I burn the DVD and play it, the quality is not there. I am a football coach so what I have is game film that plays great on the computer but is not good when it is in DVD form. What settings did I need to use or how can I help this problem. The DVD is has a good picture until the plays starts and players are moving on the screen. I am really new at all this and have appreicated your web site to help me out. Thanks Coach

    32. Coach, thanks for your question.

      We don’t make DVDs, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. And we don’t own cameras. We mostly use MPEG-4 compatible codecs.

      My questions are

      “What settings did I need” => on which application?

      Tell me exactly how video goes from the camera to each application and compression, if you could.

    33. i have a panasonic VDR-D300 and when i try and use your product it only plays a few seconds. if i use iDVD i can play the entire footage. This is via a VOB files. When i use a DVD-RAM Disk (VRO File) and try and open it in any program on my MAC it just closes and has an error. How can i make this work?

      Am i doing something wrong?


    34. >i have a panasonic VDR-D300 and when i try and use your product it only plays a few seconds.

      It’s not ours.

      >Am i doing something wrong?

      I don’t know. It’ll be probably better if you explain what you converted into what with what application and what you tried to open with what and then what your goal is step by step. What appears simple to you may not look so simple to us and others. We don’t own the camera you have. And We don’t take a guess in order to help people. As we often say, we suggest you read (C) in ‘How to Use This Site’ on the top menu.

    35. Hello,

      I’ve been used the program with great results. I am wondering if there is a place that one can go to learn about which is the best compressor to use. I am converting .vob files to avi (b/c I’m forced to present on a PC :p) and it comes up default as Apple Photo for the compressor. The file is a huge 250 MB as opposed to 96MB or less with Export to DV. Thanks for you help!

      Mac OSX 10.4.9
      G4 Powerbook, 1.67, 2 Gig RAM, 128 Video

    36. I don’t get it. Tell me

      What are

      (1) the original file size in total
      (2) the original screen resolution
      (3) the video length
      (4) a final screen resolution
      (5) usage

      What do you mean by converting VOB files into AVI? I mean, after converting into AVI with Apple Photo, DV or whatever, why is the final size so small? Is it a collection of screenshots or something? And where do those VOB files come from, various commercial DVDs? (We are not the police.) And why are you compressing video with Apple Photo (JPEG)? That’s why I want to know the usuage.

    37. Sorry. Here is more info:
      Stream: VTS_05_1.VOB
      Type: VOB program stream

      Duration: 0:05:21
      Data Size: 293.67 MB
      Bit Rate: 7.65 Mbps

      Video Tracks:
      224 MPEG-2, 720 × 480, 4:3, 29.97 fps, 8.00 Mbps, lower field first

      Audio Tracks:
      160 PCM stereo, 48 kHz, 1.54 Mbps

      Stream Files:
      VTS_05_1.VOB (293.67 MB)

      4) I was aiming for 640 X480
      5) I have free use of the DVD so np there. I ripped it so I could export as avi so that I could play it in Powerpoint 2003 (PC). AVI is the only format that Powerpoint 2003 will play natively. My presentation is made on a mac but then used on a PC.

      The reason I was using Apple Photo Jpeg was that is what came up when I dropped the file into MPEG Streamclip. Since I don’t know what is a good codec to use that will transfer to PC and play in Windows Media Player that is what I tried.

      My question is what codec do I use when transferring from .vob files to .avi files within MPEG Streamline.

      Here is a list of the ones that show up as available:

      Apple VDP Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2
      Apple Planar RGB
      Sorenson Video Compressor
      Sorenson Video 3 Compressor
      Apple BMP
      H.264 Encoder
      Apple Cinepak
      Apple DVCPRO50 – NTSC
      Apple DVCPRO50 – PAL
      Apple DV/DVCPRO – NTSC
      Apple DV – Pal
      Apple DVCPRO – PAL
      Apple H.261
      Apple VC H.263
      Apple Intermediate Codec
      Apple Photo -JPEG
      JPEG 2000 Encoder
      Apple Motion Jpeg A
      Apple Motion JPEG B
      Apple MPEG4 Compressor
      Apple PNG
      Apple Pixlet Video
      Apple Animation
      Apple Video
      Apple Graphics
      Apple TGA
      Apple TIFF
      Apple FCP Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2
      Apple Component Video – YUV422


    38. Okay, very well. For your use, try using ‘MPEG4 Compressor.’ We will explain some of the compressors in several hours.

      For those who don’t often use Microsoft’s PowerPoint, you can import a video clip by choosing ‘Movie and Sound’ under ‘Insert.’ The Windows version of PowerPoint supports such multimedia formats as WMV, WMA, AVI, MPEG-x, MP3, WAV. PowerPoint 2003 uses the MCI player and Windows Media Player to decode video.

    39. After using MacTheRipper and converted the movie in MPEG Streamclip to H264 and AAC. I’m using the best settings (100%).

      The file wont open in QT but it work fines in MPlayer. How can I fix the file so it wil play in iTunes. I’m trying to get all my DVD over to iTunes so they are ready for iTV when it comes next year.

      Mac Mini 1,42 GHz PowerPC G4
      1Gb Ram
      OS X 10.4.8
      MacTheRipper 2.6.6
      MPEG Streamclip 1.7
      MPlayer 1.0pre8
      iTunes 7.0.1
      QT 7.1.3

    40. I see. MP4… Yes. Try it in MOV. I’ll be sometimes better if you only encode video for just one percent, abort and see if that chunk of video can be played. If it works, you can work on the entire length.

    41. It worked fine with H.264 and AAC.

      But if I want to use AC3 (5.1) sound insted of AAC (2.0).
      How can I get QT to save a movie with AC3 sound?
      I can’t get QT to save/export it to one file. Get an error 10 or 11.

      Can U help med with that?

    42. >But if I want to use AC3 (5.1) sound insted of AAC (2.0).
      >How can I get QT to save a movie with AC3 sound?

      The fact is that QuickTime no longer plays back AC3 audio, there is 100% impossible to play back the audio part of QuickTime video containing AC3 with iTunes under QuickTime 7.1.2 or 7.1.3. If necessary, you can demux VOB into M2V and AC3 or AC3 only with MPEG Streamclip. And if you use ffmpegX, you can actually choose AC3 as your audio source.

      >I can’t get QT to save/export it to one file. Get an error 10 or 11.

      Saving/exporting what type of file? VOB? If it is, there’s no point of doing it, right?

    43. I think your right.

      But what I found out was if U open the AC3 file in QT it will play it as a 2.0 not a 5.1. The same is for iTunes. But I think that QT have to play 5.1 soon because of the iTV, people want 5.1 when they are using iTV.

      Is the film you can bye at iTunes store in 5.1?

      I got MPEG Streamclip to make the H.264 file with 5.1 and 2.0 in one file so when QT and iTunes is ready my file is also ready for 5.1.

      What a great program 🙂

    44. >Comment by Brenden

      >October 5, 2006 @ 12:03 am |Edit This

      >i have a panasonic VDR-D300 and when i try and use your product it only plays a few >seconds. if i use iDVD i can play the entire footage. This is via a VOB files. When i use a> >DVD-RAM Disk (VRO File) and try and open it in any program on my MAC it just closes >and has an error. How can i make this work?

      >Am i doing something wrong?

      I now think I know what’s causing the problem. You don’t have MPEG-2 Playback component installed, do you? In order to process MPEG-2 video including SVCD and VOB with QuickTime Pro and MPEG MPEG Streamclip, you must have MPEG-2 Playback component.

    45. snip…The DVD is has a good picture until the plays starts and players are moving on the screen. I am really new at all this and have appreicated your web site to help me out. Thanks Coach

      I think the observation you see is the result of not enough information being picked up by the camera. I know the Cannon 100 writes an MPEG2 file to the miniDVD at a variable bit rate(VBR). This saves on battery and disc space. If there is no motion there a base rate; increase motion and you increase the data rate. But there is a Max rate for the miniDVD medium that is about a third of the rate for a miniDV.

      For editing and this reason the tape based systems offer more options and capture characteristics.


    46. >I am really new at all this and have appreicated your web site to help me out.

      You are welcome. It’s nice to hear that you get something valuable out of this site.

      >For editing and this reason the tape based systems offer more options and capture characteristics.

      I see. Since we don’t own a video camera, we wouldn’t know. Thanks for an insight.

    47. Hi,
      Great site, program.

      I am trying to convert an AVI movie file with AC3 sound to mpeg4 to play on a normal dvd player.
      I have figured out a rather long way that seems to work but hope you may suggest a better method. (I am new to this caper but am very impressed by both your program and ffmpegX)

      Currently i use ffmpegX to convert the file to a ‘MPEG-TS’ file, then use MPEG Streamclip to convert that file to a ‘MPEG with MP2 audio’ file.
      Then i burn with toast 6 and it seems to work.

      Can you tell me if this is the best way of doing this. I am after a quicker method but would like the best possible quality.

      I have a:
      emac G4 1.42Ghz
      1 GB ddr SDRAM
      OS X 10.4.8
      (I have not yet got mpeg-2 codec from Apple but would if it will help)
      MPEG Steamclip 1.7
      ffmpegX 0.0.9w r5

      Any help much appreciated.


    48. Thanks for your question.

      (1) MacHouse did not develope MPEG Streamclip. It’s done by Squared 5.

      (1) Since ffmpegX can handle AC3, why not using it directly to convert your AVI file into MPEG/DVD?

      Tom Bluewater (Admin)

    49. Thank you for your very helpful site!

      Can you please advise me on what settings to use with MPEG-streamclip to convert MPEG 2 files to files that can be imported into Final Cut Pro 4. I’ve been trying to use it bu converting them to QuickTime, but the edited videos play well on the computer monitors, but when burned to a DVD using iDVD on a TV monitor, scenes with moderate motion are very “jumpy.” I’v etried playing with filed dominace settings alittle but haven’t found the solution.

      Can you offer any advice on how I can convert the MPEG 2 files to QuickTime so I can edit them in FCP in a way that I will not have bad motion when the video is played on TV?

      I’m using MPEG-Steamclip 1.7, FCP 4, on a Power Mac Dual 2.5 GHz PowerMac G5
      Many thanks, Larry

    50. >Can you please advise me on what settings to use with MPEG-streamclip to convert MPEG >2 files to files that can be imported into Final Cut Pro 4

      Sure. But my initial questions are

      (1) how you compressed MPEG-2 with MPEG Streamclip – DV25?
      (2) how you are exporting the final work with FC4?
      (3) Could you define what jumpy motion is in more detail? Does that happen if you play it with Apple’s DVD Player and/or VLC?

    51. Tom,
      Thank you for your suggestion re using ffmegX to convert an AVI file with AC3 audio into a DVD.
      I did this and then toasted it.

      It worked great.

      I look foward to using your site to broaden my knowledge about these things further.
      (I have become a member and urge everyone to consider doing so)

      Thanks again.


    52. Hi,
      I’m using MPEGStream Clip 1.7 (plus Apple mpeg2 component) on my Mac OSX (tiger) to convert several some vob files to DV to import them on iMovie.
      (I want to use iMovie to create a unique dvd by “merging/editing” some mini dvd (the vob files) created with my Sony DVDCam)

      In StreamClip->preferences I selected “Fix stream with data breaks”, and just before converting I run “Fix timebreask”, then I use “Export to DV” using DV(“%) as conversion option.
      When conversion is finished, the resulting dv after some minutes, is affected by A/V sync problem.
      I tried o ue also DVCPRO conversion.

      Are there other strategies to overcome this issue?
      Why DV conversion is causing a/v synch problem?

      I experienced same problems with ffmpegX.

      These are some info about one of my vob:

      Video Tracks:
      224 MPEG-2, 704 × 576, 4:3, 25 fps, 9.30 Mbps, upper field first

      Audio Tracks:
      128 AC3 2/0, 48 kHz, 256 kbps

      Stream Files:
      VTS_01_1.VOB (532.67 MB)

      My box is:

      Machine Name: iMac
      Machine Model: iMac4,1
      CPU Type: Intel Core Duo
      Number Of Cores: 2
      CPU Speed: 2 GHz
      L2 Cache (shared): 2 MB
      Memory: 1 GB

      iMovie HD: 6.0 Universal
      MPEG Streamclip: 1.7 Universal
      QuickTime Player: 7.1.3 Universal (with mpeg2 component purchased from Apple Sore)

    53. Let’s see. Thanks for sharing detained information. That makes us analyze your situation closely. I hope other people who drop comments here will follow you in the way you report your situation.

      You say ‘upper field first.’ That may be the source of the problem as all DV video is encoded with the bottom field first. I’ll read what you said more closely and tell you if I find anything else.

    54. Sorry. That doesn’t explain the audio sync. According to Wikipedia, it says “DVCAM and DVCPRO both use locked audio while standard DV does not. This means that at any one point on a DV tape the audio may be +/- ⅓ frame out of sync with the video. However, this is the maximum drift of the audio/video sync; it is not compounded throughout the recording. In DVCAM and DVCPRO recordings the audio sync is permanently linked to the video sync.”

      But you already said that you’ve tried it with DVCPRO. So let me think again.

    55. Hmm… The problem seems to rather reside in the video file. Did you also say you choose ‘Fix Timecode Breaks’ under ‘Edit’ on top of configuring Preferences, and that doesn’t help?

      Try the following if you could:

      Open the VOB file with MPEG Streamclip and choose ‘Fix Timecode Breaks’ under ‘Edit.’ Use MPEG Streamclip to demux the VOB into M2V and AC3. Then read M2V with MPEG Streamclip and choose ‘Convert to MPEG..’ In the way, MPEG Streamclip should find M2V in line with AC3. Finally, convert MPEG into DV if you want to. If this approach doesn’t work and you still have the same audio sync problem with DV, you may want to abandon DV and use any of MPEG-4-compliant compressors instead.

    56. Hi,
      I downloaded an encrypted DVD using Mac the Ripper. (The DVD is royalty free use, but I want full quality so I’m using it from the DVD). Anyway, Mac the Ripper put it in VOB files. Now, do I need to buy Apple’s Mpeg2 software to allow your software-Mpeg2 Streamclip to allow it to convert it to a QT file? My goal is to import the DVD clip into FCP. I’m not sure of the relation between apple’s mpeg 2 software and your software, but I think I need both. Please tell me what I need to buy or use in order to get the VOB files into fcp. Thank you SO much!

    57. (1) We didn’t develop MPEG 2 Streamclip. We have never claimed that we did.

      (2) Yes. You need MPEG-2 Playback component to process VOBs with MPEG Streamclip.

      (3) MPEG Streamclip is a mediator that accesses QuickTime components. Therefore, just like you need MPEG-2 Playback component to process VOBs with QuickTime Pro, you need it with MPEG Streamclip.

      (4) A cheap way of handling VOBs is use of ffmpegX by major. It doesn’t require you to purchase MPEG-2 Playback component. You can use it convert VOBs into DV streams. Another way of doing it is use of D-Vision. D-Vision converts VOBs into MPEG-4-based video.

    58. I would like to know what the best conversion is from a vob file, so I can edit it in Final Cut Express HD. And also if anyone knows, why am I not seeing all the frames in Final Cut. Am I doing somthing wrong? I probably am. Streamclip is awesome!!!!!


    59. > what the best conversion is from a vob file

      Your options are limited under Final Cut Express. Use DV.

      > why am I not seeing all the frames…

      I suggest you read ‘How to use this site’ (C) before posting your question in the first place.

    60. Completely amateur question here, I apologize. When I go export a file to Quicktime, I get a popup with all kinds of compression options. I want the best quality, so when I choose ‘Quality 100%’ and ‘Apple Motion JPEG A’, which is the default, it makes my original 19 mb MPEG file 164 mb. I don’t want to loose resolution in the conversion process, but 164 mb is way too large. Could you please recommend what settings I should be using?

      Also, is there a way to batch save?


    61. Ooo, found the batch save. Awesome! What a great ap. Still can’t figure out the compression though. I’m using a PowerBook with OS 10.3, and I plan to use Final Cut Express for editing. Thought I’d move on from iMovie. Thanks in advance.

    62. Hi
      Sorry if this has already been addressed, but after doing much research, I’m still a little unclear. I am looking to get the Panasonic VDR-D300 dvd camcorder but am a little hesitant because of all I hear about after dowloading the files to my Mac G4, how much quality I will lose because of the compression needed. This cam has VBR MPEG-2 and USB (no firewire). I doubt I’ll be doing very much editing, but if ever I want to, what would be my step by step process to get the footage from my mini dvd to a normal dvd using my Mac with the least quality lost? Or should I just forget about the dvd cam and go with a mini-dv?


    63. >what would be my step by step process to get the footage from my mini dvd to a normal dvd

      I don’t understand your question. You must use a video application like QuickTime Pro, (Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express for FireWire) iMovie, iPhoto… to import video to your Mac. And which one are you using? Or is that also part of your question. Anyway, no matter how you do it, you will lose quality to some extent by the time you have the final version. In your case, since the video camera supports MPEG-2, the best option will be of using Apple’s Comressor, I suppose. The second best option may be of using MPEG-Streamclip to compress video in DV. If this is your choise, you will need Apple’s MPEG-2 Playback plug-in.

      I do not know the exact step because

      (1) we don’t own camcorders
      (2) I don’t know which app you are using.

      Good luck

    64. Hello,
      I’ve been working with conversion programs for a while and thought Streamclip was great for a lot of stuff, BUT…

      I extracted a DVD vob file sequence in Streamclip to m2v and AC3 files for use in DVD Studio Pro. When I try to use the M2v file, DVDSP gives me an “incompatible format” warning and will not import. I have the Mpeg component installed in QT and I CAN use files exported to DV, but using m2v files, encoding is quicker.
      I can do individual vob to m2v files from the same project in Mpeg2Works, so what’s going on? Are all m2v files equal?

    65. As we don’t use DVD Studio Pro, I cannot offer you much help. In my understanding, however, since DVD Studio Pro is a Pro app, aren’t you supposed to use Compressor? I know that the current version of Final Cut Pro doesn’t accept MPEG-2 any more. So Final Cut Pro users resort to Compressor.

    66. We can´t convert files from “.mov” to “.avi” (DV PAL)longer that 15 minutes more o less. It´s possible?
      We work in a G5 2Ghz dual prcessor, MacOx Tiger 10.4.8.

      Thanks in advance

    67. >We can´t convert files from “.mov” to “.avi” (DV PAL)longer that 15 minutes more o less. It´s possible?

      I have never heard that you can’t. What’s the file size anyway?

    68. Great site.

      I have successfully ripped .m2t files from my Motorola DCT6412 from Shaw Cable. I have used MPEG Streamclip to edit out the commercials.

      I have several files from a series that I would like to export to DVD. Which codec should I use to convert the .m2t files so that I can use iDVD or Toast to burn the DVD? Which one is the best?

      I have a multitude of codecs – basically any are available to me since I have MPEG 2 codec from Apple, and FC Pro 5 with all its codecs.


      The Ripper

    69. I didn’t know what Motorola DCT6412 and Shaw Cable are. Now, I know what Motorola DCT6412 is. It’s a high definition & DVD video recorder. Anyway, we don’t have it. So we can’t give you definite answers as we don’t handle .m2t. If you make it downloadable somehow, we’ll give it a try as I am now curious. Possibly, we can create a video tutorial for this. We had a file upload function before. But a hacker destroyed it. And I’m not going to write a PHP script for this for now.

    70. I am trying to view avi movie files on my mac and thought I needed to convert them to quicktime or mpeg4 file to do this… is this right? I tried using mpeg streamclip to do this and when i drag my avi file into the window it lets me hear the sound of the clip perfectly but i see no picture, why?

    71. >I needed to convert them to quicktime or mpeg4 file to do this… is this right?

      Not necessarily.


      I don’t know. We cannot anwer your question any further. Read (D) of ‘How to Use This Site.’

    72. Need your help! I’ve been recording the TV series 24 on my Comcast DVR. I’ve managed to transfer the files from my DVR to my Mac using iRecord. The files are m2t. I want to convert them to a format the iMovie recognizes so that I can make chapter markers and create DVDs. What compression and soundsettings in MPEG Streamclip should I use to make it compatible to iMovie?

      thanks in advance.

    73. Hi, great software. Thank you 🙂

      I’m basically using Mpeg StreamClip to edit (cut out unwanted parts of) .avi files (DivX encoded) then saving them back to .avi, same dimensions, same frame rate, etc.

      Firstly, if I use the “Save As” option as opposed to “Export”, is this done without recompression, and thus lossless?

      Secondly, when I use the Save As command to save back to an .avi file I hear an audio pop at the cut point in the SAVED file, but there is no pop at all as it plays in Mpeg StreamClip. However, if I either Save As a .mov file or Export to say, .mov format or .avi format, there is NO audio pop at all in the saved files, at the point I cut out. Thus the audio pop ONLY occurs when I Save As an .avi file.

      This occurs whether or not my in and out points are on keyframes.

      Is there a reason for this? Is there any way to solve this problem?

      Hardware: iMac 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, OSX 10.4.8
      Software: MPEG StreamClip v.1.8

    74. Just for your information, as we often explain over and over again, we are not the developer of MPEG Streamclip, and we have never claimed that we are.

      >Firstly, if I use the “Save As” option as opposed to “Export”, is this done without recompression, and thus lossless? => Correct. By choosing “Save As,” you are just changing containers from one to another.

      >Is there a reason for this? Is there any way to solve this problem? => We have no clue. But that’s a good point to make.

    75. Thanks. Using Apple Motion Jpeg A is pretty absurd. Read our recent post and use MPEG-4 or DV instead.

    76. Good point. I tried it out w/ mp4 and it works great. Will update the blog.

    77. Hmm… I have never heard of Apple 2e. I have heard of Lisa. It must be a model between II and Plus. My first Mac is Plus.

    78. Thanks for your fast answer (177)

      I can convert but i can´t open it with a WMP or a BS Player.
      The “.mov” file have 1.9 Gb aprox. The “.avi” converted (DVPAL compressor) have about 9 Gb


    79. WMP for Mac or Windows? I do not know what BS Player is. To my knowledge, Windows Media Player is designed to play back video that is compressed in Windows’ own algorithm. Video must also be formatted in WMV. You can use VLC from VideoLAN to play back AVI files.

    80. Sorry, maybe i have explained bad
      I convert from a “.mov” file of 1.9Gb to a “.avi” (DV PAL codec)and the size are about 9Gb. The conversion are made in a G5 2Ghz dual procesor. 10.4.8 MacOs version
      The MPEG streamclip makes the conversion, but when i try to open this “.avi” in a PC with WMP (or other player like BS player or Virtual Dub)i can´t.
      If i do the same conversion but the “.mov” file are more small, i don´t have any problem, and i can play it.
      The problem can be the size?

      Thanks in advance

    81. How does the simple package swap of a 1.9-GB MOV file become a 9-GB AVI file? What happens if you try to open it with the Mac version of VLC from VideoLAN? Basically, we are only Mac people. So we can’t be of much help if the operating system is something else.

    82. MacBook Pro
      2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
      3 GB SDRam
      OS v.10.4.8
      Quicktime Player v.7.1.3
      Quicktime MPEG-2 v.6.4.1
      Final Cut Express HD v.3.5.1

      I have an earlier version of quicktime mpeg-2, the current version is 7.0, is there any need to upgrade? I installed quicktime mpeg-2 v.6.4.1 it and can open VOB files into final cut express hd but have no audio, will I need to use streamclip to sync audio and video? I would prefer to do it in my editor. Thanks!

    83. >I have an earlier version of quicktime mpeg-2

      You mean, QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component? I don’t know for Intel Macs, but that’s the latest version for Power PCs. The reason why you have no audio with your VOB files is probably its audio stream is compressed in AC3. So it’s not the matter of the version of the QuickTime component.

      >will I need to use streamclip to sync audio and video?

      Tell me exactly what you want to do with your VOB files.

    84. First let me clarify the mpeg-2 component. I have version 6.4.1 which was created for Quicktime 6, it’s a few years old. I installed it on my system which is Quicktime 7 and it is working. I was just asking if there is any advantage to upgrade to the mpeg-2 component version 7 Apple is currently selling on their website (for Quicktime 7).

      I would like to convert the VOB files to quicktime movies for the web and also convert them to iPodcast.

    85. We don’t own Intel Mac machines. So I do not know what the latest version of MPEG-2 Playback for Intel Mac is. What we have is 6.4.1 for PPC. That’s the latest one for PPC. Our QuickTime Pro version is 7.1.3.

      >I would like to convert the VOB files to quicktime movies for the web and also convert them to iPodcast.

      You need MPEG-2 Playback. If your MPEG-2 had not worked properly, you could not have opened an MPEG-2 file with QT in the first place. Therefore, the version you have is adequate.

    86. Apple writes:

      >I purchased the MPEG-2 Playback Component to work with QuickTime. Do I need a new version for QuickTime 7?

      No, the MPEG-2 playback component you purchased for QuickTime will continue to work with QuickTime 7.

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