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Thread: Conversion Nightmare: 1080p 23.97p h264 MOV > 720p 24p AVI ?

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    Default Conversion Nightmare: 1080p 23.97p h264 MOV > 720p 24p AVI ?

    Hi, thanks for clicking my post. I'll get right to it:

    I'm trying to combine footage from a few different sources, and the biggest trouble has been converting the video files from my Nikon d3100 DLSR camera. The res is 1920x1080, framerate is 23.97, and the files are .MOV and I think they're encoded with H264, though I'm not entirely sure. All I know is that the only way I can get them to play on my PC without lagging at an unwatchable rate is by changing a setting in VLC video player (Preferences > Input / Codecs > Other Codecs > FFmpeg > Skip loop filter for H.264 > All). After that setting is changed, however, the video plays beautifully. (I've found no such setting in Premiere, however)

    Anyway, I need to be able to convert these files to match my other footage. Specifically, I need to convert to a resolution of 1280x720, a framerate of 24.0, and a file format of .AVI. As for the other technical specifics, I'm not sure what to choose, but it seems every option I try in Premiere CS4's Export window doesn't work. I can either convert to 720x480, or nothing it all. When I do find a setting that will let me choose the resolution and framerate, the conversion either fails or winds up corrupt.

    So far I've only been able to convert to 720x480 successfully.

    My goal is to avoid sacrificing any more quality than necessary, but at this point, anything that works would be progress.

    Thanks for reading, hopefully someone can help.

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    Try MPEG Streamclip. I've used it with success. And if you don't mind using the command line, ffmpeg is very useful. there are gui's for it, platform specific.
    if not try this
    How to convert mov files to mov format
    it looks cheap(it's free), but it is my go to converter when others fail.

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