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Reducing Video Size
grayles - 14-12-2012 at 11:23

Ok I have tried Google with this but Iím not sure what to trust.
I have three video files that are far too large and I need to reduce. But they are of my children when younger, so although I want to reduce the size I want to keep the quality as best I can.
I think they were made with an old version of Pinnacle studio several years go. The vids were made on a vid cam but the original tapes have gone.
They all need editing as they have still image at the end
They are all video clips (AVI) with a 1KB SRN. File associated.
The first is 11 GB and is 50 mins long but needs editing down to 20 mins
The second is 13 GB and is 63 mins long but needs editing down to 53 mins
The third is 13 GB and is 63 mins long but needs editing down to 10 mins.
So you can see I have about 83 mins of video taking up about 36GB of space.
I have seen many movie files that are an hour long and compressed with decent quality to about 700MB. If I could get the down to this small each I would be happy not to bother editing them down.
Any advice on how I can do this easily and with what program would be appreciated.

John_Little - 14-12-2012 at 12:39

I think windows movie maker would allow you to reduce the final file size - along with the quality, though. in much the same way as reducing the size of a jpg.

Katzy - 14-12-2012 at 18:27

Try recoding them, using the XVid codec.

It's a simple avi to avi job, then.

You can even automate the thing, if you use something like RadVideo, which has a "Batch process" option, to do such things.


grayles - 14-12-2012 at 20:11

Thanks, I will have a go at that.

Katzy - 14-12-2012 at 20:57

It's not entirely "User-friendly", I'm afraid. If you need any pointers, gimme a yell. :)

Theravad - 15-12-2012 at 21:11

Your best bet is handbrake, free software with brilliant x264 codec. Turn your video to compact good quality mp4.