(For you Mac users out there)
After spending a few hours trying to solve this, I quit.
My Sony digital video cameras create .mov files, which iMovie, iPhoto and Quicktime all refuse to open (unsupported file format) in OS X 10.7x (or 10.8x). Cheating, by changing the file extension, doesn't help. I'm trying to find the quickest, simplest way to convert these files - so teachers can use the cameras and work with iMovie '11.
Can do it via VLC's Streaming/export wizard, but this is NOT for newbies.
Any "free" app for this (and I tried LOTS of them) come with watermarks or other serious limitations.
Freemake Video Converter is Windows only.
Toast will do this, but it's not free.
I spent a lot of time in the Apple forums, and have now run into a dead end. Advice? Again, I need this to be extremely simple for classroom teachers (otherwise, I'll be spending a lot of time converting files for everyone).