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I am making a slideshow with pictures from christmas in iMovie and I am going to take it to my grandmas house on a USB stick so that we can watch it at her house. The only issue is she does not have a mac and I need a format that will play on her Win 7 laptop while I can still view it on mine. I have VLC installed but she does not. What format she I export with?

asked Dec 26 '10 at 11:29

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Do Macs support .m4v files(I think they do)? That is what I have all of the videos on my iPod saved as, and when I open them they open in Windows Media Player, but that could also be a codec that showed up after installing QuickTime, didn't you say that you were going to be installing Windows 7 in Boot Camp? If you did then you could test out different files types until you find one that works.

Here is a list of file types supported by Windows Media Player 12(Comes with Windows 7)(From: Here)

Supported File Types For your reference, here is a quick list of the video file types that Windows Media Player 12 supports out of the box. If you are having trouble playing one of these file types, you may want to ensure that the file was encoded or downloaded correctly.

Windows Media files- .wm, .wmv, and .asf;

AVCHD files (including Dolby Digital audio) - .m2ts and .m2t;

Apple QuickTime files - .mov and .qt;

AVI files - .avi;

Windows Recorded TV Show files - .wtv and .dvr-ms;

MPEG-4 movie files - .mp4, .mov, and .m4v;

MPEG-2 movie files -.mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, .mpv2, .mod, and .vob;

MPEG-1 movie files- .m1v;

Motion JPEG files- .avi and .mov.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 11:42

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edited Dec 26 '10 at 11:48

Why don't you just download the VLC exe, put that on the USB stick too, and install it on her computer? It would only take a second, and is always nice to have.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 11:47

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You can download VLC portable, install it on your USB stick and run it on your Grandma's laptop from the USB stick.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 13:38

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As long as you have QuickTime installed on both computers, you can use any and all of the following formats:

Audio Video Images
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC)
AMR Narrowband
Apple Lossless
Au file format
Audio Interchange File Format (AIFF)
A-law
Core Audio Format
MACE
Microsoft Adaptive DPCM (MS ADPCM)
MIDI
MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3 (MP3)
Pulse-code modulation (PCM)
QCELP (Qualcomm PureVoice)
QDesign
Waveform Audio File Format (WAV)
μ-law
3GP and 3G2
Apple Video
Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
DV
Animated GIF
Cinepak
Component Video
Graphics
H.261
H.262/MPEG-2 Part 2[8]
H.263
H.264/MPEG-4 AVC
Microsoft Video 1
MPEG-1
MPEG-4 Part 2
Motion JPEG
Pixlet
Planar RGB
Sorenson Video
Qtch
QuickTime Movie
QuickTime VR
BMP
FlashPix
Graphics Interchange Format (GIF)
JPEG
JPEG 2000
Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
Truevision TGA
TIFF

answered Dec 26 '10 at 15:15

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edited Dec 26 '10 at 15:20

Windows and Mac both support MP4 video, you can follow this guide to convert your video to mp4 video.

http://www.freedvdripper.net/guides/convert-video-to-ipod-psp-zune-cell-phone.html

Email me if you need further assistant.

answered Dec 26 '10 at 20:48

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edited Dec 26 '10 at 20:49

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