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What's the easiest way to Convert a DVD file to WMV on a mac

by annamae1412 / May 4, 2009 2:04 AM PDT

I'm just getting used to using a Mac. I want to convert several DVD files to WMV, can anyone tell me the best software to use?

I already have Flip4Mac, but I'm not sure how it works or fits into this process.

I've been looking at buying WonderShare DVD Ripper, but when I download the free trial it doesn't give me the option to convert to WMV (even though its supposed to).

Can anyone help?! I'm VERY new with using Macs, any help would be most appreciated!

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The problem with WonderShare is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 4, 2009 2:18 AM PDT

It's been spammed here too many times. What you may want to consider is to view the rip and the conversion as two distinct steps. This way you don't have to work so hard at finding a solution. Also since WMV is proprietary, can I ask why do that?

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Thanks for the help!
by annamae1412 / May 4, 2009 2:52 AM PDT

Unfortunately I'm a cog in the wheel right now. My company only allows WMV or Flash files to be used on our intranet for streaming video.

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Flip4Mac works for this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 4, 2009 3:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the help!
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Flip4Mac works, but you also need...
by Dan Filice / May 7, 2009 10:13 AM PDT

Flip4Mac allows Quicktime to open and play WMV movies, but to save the movie or convert it into another format (like WMV or AVI or a Quicktime Movie using a different codec) you will need Quicktime Pro (I think it's $30 from the Apple site). QT Pro is what you need to save and/or convert one file into another.

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by carline0615 / May 12, 2009 3:29 PM PDT

handbrake I know it can work for ripping dvd, and it is free

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by jedirock / May 16, 2009 3:46 AM PDT
In reply to: handbrake

can't rip to WMV. Can rip to MP4 fine though, which could possibly be converted to WMV through another program.

Actually, had one more thought. You can try using ffmpegX to convert them. It supports many formats, including WMV I believe.

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by Dan Filice / May 19, 2009 9:11 AM PDT
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If Handbrake can't convert to WMV, this is why QT Pro is needed. Converting to WMV is easy, but at some point people need to open their purse and buy a program that costs a few bucks.

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by sturner--2008 / August 16, 2009 3:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Handbrake

Visual Hub was the only Mac program I knew that could convert to WMV. Unfortunately it was discontinued in 2008.

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two more
by macnerd10 / September 10, 2009 11:56 AM PDT
In reply to: VisualHub

You might like to consider two more programs: a free MPEG Streamclip ( or Reel Bean (, a shareware. Both are supposed to export as WMV. I would start with the first one.

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