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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:18 am 
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I'm hoping to get some advice about compressing video files. I have been playing with the Time Lapse feature and made a few time lapse movies that I'd like to email home. The problem is that the files I have are around 100mb *.AVI files.

Can someone recommend a program that will compress this down to around 10mb? It's OK if the quality degrades some, I would expect that with such heavy compression.

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Hi Steve, Divx and Xvid are extremely popular for video compression, although I'd also suggest Microsoft's own WMV format. You can import your video into Windows Movie Maker and export it into a compressed WMV format by choosing, say, the VHS quality preset. We use this for our video reviews and it's really pretty good given the resulting file size...

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Thanks for the advice Gordon. I downloaded the DivX converter and really liked the quality vs compression ratio. The only problem I see with DivX is the acceptance of this format compared with *.wmv files.

I didn't even know that Window Movie Maker was on my machine until I read your recommendation. It was easy to use, offers a widely accepted format and best of all it was FREE!

Thanks again.

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Hi Steve, don't worry one bit about the acceptance factor of Divx - both it and Xvid are probably the most widespread video formats in use today thanks to their almost universal adoption for videos on peer to peer networks.


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