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Old 05-30-2006, 03:29 AM   #1
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I have a video file - approx 3 minutes - that I need to make available on a web site.

The original AVI file is huge - about 50MB. I converted to MPEG, and got it down to about 17MB, but that's still pretty darn big.

Windows Movie Maker got the file down to 164KB, with still OK quality - but I'm guessing MSWMM is pretty much a non-standard format!

So, what would be the standard format to use for a video clip on the web? And I'm open to suggestions and recommendations for software tools and techniques to do compression/conversion!

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The original AVI file is huge - about 50MB. I converted to MPEG, and got it down to about 17MB, but that's still pretty darn big.

So, what would be the standard format to use for a video clip on the web? And I'm open to suggestions and recommendations for software tools and techniques to do compression/conversion!
QuickTime, RealMedia, Windows Media, and Flash are all pretty common, with free viewers for both Mac and Windows.

I usually run into Real Media and QuickTime videos.

Have no idea about the other programs, but QuickTime Pro for Windows (with editing and translation functions) is $30. It allows for the standard formats.

   
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Low resolution mpeg works out at about 4Mb/minute so your 17Mb is not far off that. The use of wmf can reduce file size to aboout 600Kb/minute, but I'm not sure how many non-windows people can view that format. There is a "universal" video converter here.

The BBC use Quicktime to give the best (for them) tradeoff between portability, quality and file size.

   
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There is a "universal" video converter here.

The BBC use Quicktime to give the best (for them) tradeoff between portability, quality and file size.
That converter is not so "universal" that it supports Quicktime, however (either way) - which I prefer.

   
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That converter is not so "universal" that it supports Quicktime, however (either way) - which I prefer.
A friend of mine approached Apple about licensing whatever was needed to do quicktime conversions legally. Apple basically responded by threatening to sue him.

Nice folks.

Do you know of *any* programs that convert QT to other video formats? Other than Apple's own QT Pro, that is?

   
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Do you know of *any* programs that convert QT to other video formats? Other than Apple's own QT Pro, that is?
Check out this search result in the Microsoft Movie Maker newsgroup using [QuickTime] as the search string.

One of the messages suggests this RadVideo tool

   
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>>One of the messages suggests this RadVideo tool

Seems to require that QT is installed also ... not surprising. I wonder if it's converting or re-grabbing the screen while QT does the playback?

   
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Do you know of *any* programs that convert QT to other video formats? Other than Apple's own QT Pro, that is?
Googling "quicktime conversion"
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A friend of mine approached Apple about licensing whatever was needed to do quicktime conversions legally. Apple basically responded by threatening to sue him.

Nice folks.

Do you know of *any* programs that convert QT to other video formats? Other than Apple's own QT Pro, that is?
No. I search for such a thing once and couldn't find it.

What Apple seems to forget is that the existence of a converter would actually promote the format... Obviously they think it doesn't need promotion.

   
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