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    Recommended free mp4 player or mp4 to avi converter

    Hi, we are using Flip video cameras in school but the video files they produce can currently only be played back when the Flip camera is plugged into the computer.

    Am looking for a way to be able to play these files back at anytime, have located the files in the user profile / my documents / my videos folder as *.mp4 files.

    Can anyone recommend a good free mp4 player to download without loads of ads? Or a reliable mp4 to avi converter?

    We were also thinking about burning them to dvds as the file sizes are quite large and our backup tape is getting full ... but we don't currently have the facilities in school to do this.

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    Format Factory is your friend here I think - http://www.formatoz.com/ hope this helps, also I think VLC Player should be able to play .MP4 files.

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    Conversion I would suggest

    handbrake - HandBrake

    playback I would suggest

    vlc ( as above ) - VideoLAN - VLC media player - Open Source Multimedia Framework and Player

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    Thanks, will take a look and see.

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    Just been doing just this to get Flip videos working in movie maker. The best tool I found was mp4cam2avi. I found that other conversion software caused the audio and video to lose sync.

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    Download Prism Video Converter, Prism Video Converter 1.40 Download I use prism, there are a quite a few formats you could change to with this program )

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    For playing HD videos, Media Player Classic - Home Cinema is a lot better than VLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    For playing HD videos, Media Player Classic - Home Cinema is a lot better than VLC.
    I remember you mentioning this a few times but totally forgot about it as don't use windows that much anymore aside from at work but that has nothing to do with anything entertaining or multimedia

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    My best laid plans to check these out fell apart - we've had no internet access at school ... shall resist the urge to do it in my time and wait till next week! Thanks for all the suggestions.

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    We use winFF for converting into .wma format allowing the kids to use them in Movie Maker, it will also convert into .avi format. Conveniently there is a portable version which I have just dropped onto the apps share of our server.

    I would also vote for VLC to play the .mp4 files.

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    Downloaded VLC and it seems to work really well - thanks for the tips. In the interim, the school has decided to purchase a flip camera per class, plus tuff cams for the infant classes. So most files will prob be playable now as they'll have the camera. Will need to see if we still need to convert the large mp4 files if they start clogging up the storage space though, but that's a job for next year!

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