Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Transcoding flv files to wmv (for use with things like MCE or Media Player)

  1. Download and install VLC player VLC
  2. Open VLC player and open the file you want to transcode
  3. Press the stop button on playback
  4. On VLC go to File>Wizand
  5. Choose Transcode/Save to file
  6. Click Next
  7. Choose 'Existing playlist item'
  8. Highlight the file you loaded
  9. Click Next
  10. On Transcode Video choose WMV 3
  11. On Transcode Audio choose MP3
  12. Click Next
  13. On encaspulation format choose ASF
  14. Click Next
  15. On the 'select the file to save to' box put in a file name and make sure to add the extenstion .wmv to the file name
  16. Click Finish
  17. The final product, the transcoded file, will be in the VLC directory (default is c:\Program Files\VideoLan\VLC).

3 comments:

Jonathan said...

Thanks for breaking that down - I was slowly working my way through the many options trying to get a .wmv file that worked - you handed me the answer before I reached the "hell with it" point.

Thanks again,

toby said...

Great! Glad it helped.

Frank said...

Doesn't work on Mac OS X.

WMV 3 isn't available (so I used WMV 2). The small output file contains only the audio, not the video. However, if I choose not to transcode the audio, then the video appears in the much larger output file (but without the audio, obviously).

I've tried a bunch of combinations, with one of two results. Either it doesn't work at all, or you get only audio or only video.