3ivx: How to Make a Mpeg 4
3ivxis a popular video codec that was designed and launched by 3ivx Technologies, which is a company from Australia. This codec allows many applications to create MPEG 4 videos easily. The codec was first released in 2001, although many newer versions have already been released. It supports exporting fro many applications including iMovie and Quicktime. It only supports MPEG 4 part 2, and it does not support H.264 video.
3ivx is something that you do need to pay for. However, there is a free 30 day trial available. It's worth noting though that if you have used 3ivx and uninstall it, then you will find it difficult to play back any mp4 files. The software and plugin is also available with Flip video cameras. Using this to make MPEG 4 videos is actually very easy.
Step 1: Installing the Plugin
The first thing that you should do is download the 3ivx codec plugin from the Internet and install it. This shouldn't take long as the whole process is fully automated. With the plugin installed, you may then need to reset your computer before it can be used. The codec can be used with many different applications, including iMovie and Quicktime. The process will be slightly different depending on the software that you are using.
Step 2: Exporting
This tutorial will look at how to export an MPEG 4 movie when using iMovie. To do this, click on the export settings by clicking on File and then selecting Export. Alternatively, you can press Option and E to launch the export dialog box.
Step 3: Settings
Click on the quick time tab and then select the compress movie for drop down box. Select the "Export Settings" entry and then click the Share button.
Step 4: Saving the File
Once you click the share button, a new save as dialog box will appear. Choose a memorable name for the video and choose somewhere that you want to save it. Then, click the Export: drop down box and click on "Movie to 3ivx MPEG-4". Click on the Otpiions button for more advanced settings.
Step 5: Further Settings
The Media exporter will then display a series of options. In the Set to Template drop down box, you should choose the tempalte that you want to use. This will depend on the desired size of the file and the quality. When you are happy with the settings of the video exporter, you can then click Ok.
Step 6: Starting the Encoding
When you have set the encoder up, you should then click on the Save button. This will start your video encoding. The process can be quite time consuming depending on the length of the video and the age of your computer. You might like to do this when you don't want to use your computer.
Step 7: Watching the Video
Once encoding has finished, the video file should be created on your computer's hard drive. This can be opened with a wide range of video applications and is also suitable for playback on compatible devices including portable video players.