MPEG Streamclip is a free software tool used to convert, export, format, edit and play your multi-media projects. It is compatible with Windows OS’s (XP through 7) and Macintosh (OS X).
The default workspace of MPEG Streamclip is very minimalistic; a grey pane with a grey box and 5 blue dots.
To get started drag the files you want to convert onto the dots.
Selecting a Video Clip:
You can start working with MPEG Streamclip by either dragging and dropping the file you want to work with directly into the box with the blue dots seen above, or by selecting a file from the top menu: FILE > OPEN FILES.
Selecting Video Clip:
Transferring Video Clips:
Once you have opened a file/video in MPEG Streamclip, you can transfer it to a different file format very easily; for example, you can convert .MOV files into AVI or MPEG-4 files. To do a transfer of formats, you will need to export the file.
Go to the top menu: FILE > EXPORT > EXPORT TO OTHER FORMATS, or, select the desired format in the default menu above. The other options for exporting formats with MPEG Streamclip are listed below in image 003 Transfer Formats.
Exporting to Wave files:
The Wave selection above is for making audio files in the .WAV format, which can be used easily by many other programs that handle .WAV format audio files. Once you export to Wave file, the file will open in whatever your default audio program is.
For example, in the Digital Media Lab, iTunes will open automatically to play your recently exported .WAV file.
Exporting a new .MOV File:
Many of the projects you will be producing at UW Bothell are with the .MOV format. To be sure your project goes out in .MOV format, export it as QUICKTIME MOVIE, which is the same as .MOV format.
From the top menu select FILE > EXPORT TO QUICKTIME.
Export to QuickTime:
Converting files to Apple Intermediate Codec:
The DML support staff recommends using Apple Intermediate Codec as the compression standard for all projects.
To ensure that you are using the Apple Intermediate Codec for compressing your project, select the APPLE INTERMEDIATE CODEC from the Compression menu as listed below:
Apple Intermediate Codec:
Using Batch Process to convert multiple files:
In the case where you need to format or encode more than one file, clips or movies at once, you can save sometime by doing a Batch Process. To successfully perform a Batch Process, the files must all be in the same folder; if they are all over your drives and files you can save yourself some time by first collecting them onto a single folder. Save them somewhere easily accessible, like the desktop. Begin by opening MPEG Streamclip and from the top menu select LIST > BATCH LIST as seen in the image below.
Batch Encoding step 1:
From here you will be prompted to select the files you want to Encode as a Batch. This is where it really helps to have the files in a single folder so you can select them all at once.
Batch Encoding step 2:
Batch Encoding step 3:
Select the files you want, and click the TO BATCH button in the corner. You will then be given the option to join the files as a single clip/movie (which happens automatically after the Batch Encoding process, if you select this option).
I have chosen to NOT do so for this tutorial; the field is left unselected.
Batch Encoding step 4:
Batch Encoding step 5:
The above image shows the output file type of your Batch Encoding.
You will be asked to select a destination for the files once they have completed the Batch Encoding Process. Select a folder where you will be keeping video content, for ease of accessing the files later on.
Batch Encoding step 6:
The following screen controls how your Batch will be handled and other options such as frame size and which format the files will be output as; I chose the (DML recommended) Apple Intermediate Codec.
You can select a variety of output format options, I used the default: QuickTime, which produces a .MOV file.
Batch Encoding step 7:
Once the files have finished their process, they will be found where you selected the destination for the batch. The files that have finished will still be listed in the window below; they can be cleared if you wish, or left there to keep track of the files you have already processed. If you are going to be doing lots of these, you can select AUTOMATIC START to further improve the efficiency of your time; if you have not selected AUTOMATIC START, you will need to click the GO button in the lower right corner to begin the Batch Encoding.
Batch Encoding step 8:
The above image shows your Batch Encoding process in action.
You may find MPEG Streamclip as one of the most routinely used software products in the DML for your projects.
If you need additional assistance formatting your project, please feel free to ask a DML tutor in the hours where a Tutor is staffed, or ask at the UW Bothell IT helpdesk.