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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 2007-07-02, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Question simple way to compress a video (.avi) file?

I want to send good video clips (30fps) as email attachments. The original file size could be between 30 megs and 100 megs. Is there an easy way, maybe with common software to compress such files to a more manageable size?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 2007-07-02, 08:50 PM
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Those are big sizes but if you play with the sound quality versus video quality, using WMV might be a solution for you.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 2007-07-02, 08:59 PM
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Windows comes with software (Movie Maker) that will save your AVI in a variety of sizes and formats. You could also look at products from Roxio and Ulead if you want to do editing.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 2007-07-02, 10:47 PM
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What format are these videos currently in? mpeg I assume? (like from a camera?)
What output size do you want? ie. what resolution?
XP? Vista? other?
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 2007-07-03, 03:36 AM
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MPEG4 may provide the best compression while maintaining quality. The files will still be large. Some utilities will provide more compression but video and audio quality is usually lost. Large amounts of compression will cause significant loss of quality.

Another option is a compression utility like 7zip. It will compress the file (if possible) and break it up into chunks suitable for emailing. At the other end, put all the chunks in a directory and decompress with 7zip.

Other options would be a peer to peer file transfer or uploading the file to private web space for transfer.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 2007-07-03, 10:14 AM
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I posted this a week or so ago in another DHC thread:

I have been using SUPER© for all sorts of video conversion. It is free (no addware or spyware) and I have never had a problem with it. I've included a link to the company's website and a direct link to the download since it is hard to find once you get to the Eright's website.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 2007-07-03, 01:32 PM
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You could use Windows Media Encoder, which is free from Microsoft's web site. You will likely find it easy to use - if you stick with the defaults.
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