Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Re-encoding unplayable (in Quicktime) ASF files

I recently got some ASF files that were not able to be played (only audio, no video) in Quicktime using the Flip4Mac WMV plugin. The files though played fine in VLC, but I prefer to watch them using Frontrow.

The ASF files can be re-encoded using VLC:

  1. Use the "Streaming/Exporting Wizard..." from the "File" in VLC
  2. Select "Transcode/Save to file" and click "Next"
  3. Select the file you want to re-encode using "Choose..." or an existing playlist item
  4. Enable "Transcode video" with "WMV 2" as "Codec" and e.g. "1024" as "Bitrate (kb/s)", also
  5. enable "Transcode audio" with "MP3" as "Codec" and e.g. "128" as "Bitrate (kb/s)", then click "Next"
  6. Select "ASF" as "Encapsulation format" and click "Next"
  7. Click "Choose", enter you preferred destination file name and directory, then click "Next"
  8. In the "Summary" click "Finish" and wait until the progress bar in the controller window moved to the right side
  9. Enjoy the re-encoded ASF in Quicktime

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