How to Convert Quicktime to Windows Media

by Chris Yokum

Videos come in a wide variety of formats. Some of the most common file types include .AVI, .MOV, .WMV and MPEG-4. Usually, video cameras have their own file types. However, you may want to convert the default file type into another and make it easier to work with. Changing a Quicktime file into a Windows Media format can be done by converting it online through a web service or by using a downloaded application.

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Visit the Media Convert homepage to begin the conversion process of your Quicktime file. Upload your current file to the Media-Convert servers by clicking the "Browse" button in the "File" section. Select a file to convert and choose the type of file it is in the "Input Format" area. From the drop-down list, select the "Apple Quicktime (.MOV)" option. Choose the "Windows Media Video (.WMV)" option in the "Output Format" section in the middle of the page to change the original file type.

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Click the "OK" button to the right of the page when you're ready to start converting. A status monitor will appear for you to track the progress of the conversion. It usually takes a few short minutes to complete. Upon its success, the message "File Successfully Converted" will show appear. Select the new downloadable link and choose to save the file to your computer or email it.

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Change your Quicktime file to Windows Media by going to the "You Convert It" homepage. Start the process by completing some quick steps. Enter an email address, upload up to five files currently stored on your computer, select the type of output file you want, and just click the "Convert It" button when you're ready.

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Look at the progress of your file conversion. The pop-up window will give you estimated time left for the change and the speed at which it is being done. Once the file has been converted to Windows Media, you'll get an email containing a link to the downloadable file. Save the new file to your computer system and then play it.

Downloaded Converters

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Download the trial version of Microsoft Expression Encoder application to your computer. It will allow you to conveniently convert your Quicktime file to a Windows Media file without paying the upfront cost for the program. You'll also be able to test it before committing to a final purchase.

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Launch the Microsoft Expression Encoder program. Click the "File" button at the top of the application window. From the drop-down list, choose the "Import" link. Browse through your computer and pick the Quicktime file you'd like to convert. Within a few seconds, it will be imported for you to start working with.

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View the dashboard on the right side of the program. Change some of the default settings to create the best output for your new file. In this section change the bitrate, buffer size, and the size of the video. You'll even have the option to add a trailer, and improve the overall appearance of your converted video.

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Press the "Encode" button at the bottom of Microsoft Expression Encoder to start converting the Quicktime file. Monitor the progress by viewing the displayed status bar. After completion, view your final product by opening the "Output" folder on your computer. Play the file to make sure you're satisfied with it.

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Use Prism Video Converter to produce Windows Media files from Quicktime. Open the application after it has been downloaded to begin converting. Click the "Add File" button at the top of the window. If you want to change the destination of your finished product, click the "Browse" button in the "Output Folder" section. Select the ".WMV" option in the "Output Format" section and choose various settings in the "Encoder Options" area.

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Click the "Preview" button to take a peek at your file before you finalize the conversion changes. Once your changes have been made, select the "Convert" button to completely convert the Quicktime file. View your new video by going to its folder location.

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About the Author

Chris Yokum has been writing for various websites for several years. Some of her favorite topics include computers, gadgets, personal finance and technology. She also enjoys researching and learning about new topics on a daily basis. Sharing knowledge with others helps Yokum fulfill her goals as a writer.