WMV is short for Windows Media Video and refers to format developed by Microsoft that is used for video compression; WMV was initially created to compete against the RealVideo format and recently the WMV format has been standardized by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to work with physical-delivery formats including Blu-ray and HD DVD.
The term MPEG is short for Moving Picture Experts Group and refers to the group of experts responsible for developing the popular MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-3, and MPEG-4 standards; however in many cases when a person uses the term, he/she is referring to one of the various MPEG standards rather than the group responsible for the standards. The first MPEG standard was created in 1993 and was intended to make video with audio encoding for CDs possible.
It may become necessary to convert WMV to MPEG for various reasons including the fact that some applications work better with MPEG than WMV, MPEG is also more widely supported than WMV, and converting to DVD is usually easier with MPEG files than with MPEG files; here are the things required for the conversion.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
• PC or laptop
• Conversion software
1. Locate the WMV file or files on the computer that are to be converted
2. Create a new folder on the desktop of the computer or in an easily accessible location
3. Copy the WMV files to this new location
4. Connect to the internet and download either a paid or free conversion solution. Popular choices include Riverpast Video Cleaner, Format Factory and Media Coder
5. Install the chosen program and run it
6. Select the video conversion option to MPG, which is the shortened format for MPEG.
7. Based on the intended use of the output file, choose to encode to MPEG1 or MPEG2. Depending on the software being used the option to convert to MPEG4 may not be accessible unless converting to MP4. Make your selection from the available options for the desired output.
8. Drag the WMV files into the application interface.
9. Double-check the settings to ensure that they meet the desired requirements.
10. Locate the button on the graphical interface to begin the encoding or conversion process and hit it.
11. Wait for the process to complete. Based on the settings used this may take some time.
12. On completion open the output folder manually or from within the program if this feature is supported.
13. Once at the output folder the converted MPEG files should be visible and available for whatever uses are needed.
DO’s AND DONT’s
Don’t attempt to convert to MPEG without having adequate free space on the computer.
Bear in mind that MPEG standards for video include MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG4 and that MPEG4 is usually found in MP4 files and not MPG.
Do not convert to MPEG4 if the intention is to use the files for DVD mastering or authoring. DVD video standards are based on MPEG2 while video CD or VCD standards are based on MPEG1.