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Windows to Mac video conversions?

Postby RoastBiff in The UK. » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:19 pm

Hi Guys, Has anybody out there found a software package that can convert Windows DRM protected video to anything that the Mac will play?
There are loads of them advertising that they can, but cannot!
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Re: Windows to Mac video conversions?

Postby desmond » Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:30 pm

If they are DRM protected then they should presumably not be copied or converted in the first place.

You're probably not going to get much help on this forum to help remove DRM from content, unfortunately.
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Re: Windows to Mac video conversions?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:54 pm

VLC will play anything, absolutely anything provided that it isn't DRM protected, as Desmond says. This is from the VLC wiki:-

DRM (known as Digital Restrictions Management or Digital Rights Management) describes a range of measures to restrict the ability to copy files.

DRM files are typically protected by storing some kind of key on your computer, and requiring that programs use this key to use the file. Only closed source programs trusted by the maker of the file can access this key: often this includes Windows Media Player or iTunes.

VLC, like all open source media players, cannot play protected files.

Please note that circumventing DRM restrictions may be illegal where you live (for example, see the DMCA).


So you'll have a long search for anything legal, I'm afraid.

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Re: Windows to Mac video conversions?

Postby Kaw-Liga » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:35 am

Maybe you could use flip4mac, a microsoft codec for quicktime. Else, you could certainly install windows on mac through parallels or vmware.
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Re: Windows to Mac video conversions?

Postby Scope » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:43 pm

You are best to convert the file in Windows.
Alternatively, playback using VLC or similar, running QT screen capture, with the audio out fed back in to the "in",
( best to feed the "in" to an audio package and mute the output to prevent FB ).
Its not the most elegant solution but once you repatriate the video and audio, its perfectly acceptable.
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Re: Windows to Mac video conversions?

Postby nyyrojo » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:14 am

Mac OS accept mp4, mov, m4v format by default, just transfer the drm protected windows videos into one of these file format.
AppGeeker is what I use, works fine for me. I assuming the drm protected videos are .wmv, check
How to convert wmv to mp4 for Mac
It can convert basically any type of video file. Very simple to use.
Try it and hope it works.
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