How can you make a large .avi file smaller?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by KingOfHearts, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. KingOfHearts

    KingOfHearts Guest

    I use this program FRAPS to capture in game video and it works great, but
    the problem is that the .avi files are HUGE.
    Any utilities to make them smaller?

    Thanks.
     
    KingOfHearts, Nov 18, 2005
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    You could use GSpot ( a free download) to find out what
    kind of audio and video is in the ".avi file". Then you would
    convert that to a more compressed format, like Xvid.

    Luck;
    Ken
     
    Ken Maltby, Nov 18, 2005
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  3. Maybe hundreds. Which one(s) to recommend depend on
    other information not included in your question. (Like what
    you want to DO with the smaller files.)
     
    Richard Crowley, Nov 18, 2005
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  4. KingOfHearts

    KingOfHearts Guest

    I just want to be able to upload them or share them out somehow, but I don't
    really want to share out a file that is 2 gigs.
     
    KingOfHearts, Nov 18, 2005
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  5. My personal preference is to compress with (free)
    Microsoft Windows Media Encoder and make WMV
    files. Microsoft Media Player is available for both
    Windows and Mac computers (and several others
    as well). You have many options of how much to
    compress the video depending on your particular
    situation.

    The popular alternatives are Quicktime and Real.
    Quicktime is native to Mac machines and may be
    preferred if most of your viewers are Mac users.
    Quicktime viewer is also available for PC users
    (but doesn't come automatically installed).

    RealVideo was the only game in town once upon a
    time, but it is so invasive and full of advertising that
    many of us wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole
    these days.
     
    Richard Crowley, Nov 18, 2005
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    Nomen Nescio Guest

    XviD is great (and I prefer it over WMV) too because it (mostly) works on a
    few standalone DVD players such as the Philips DVP642.
    RealVideo sucks for implementation reasons, not for technical reasons.
    Technically, I like the codec, but I won't use it.

    I *so* wanted them to be successful for the "ABM" reason, but having to
    install a stupid adfilled horribly unintuitive and piss-ass functional
    player is too much to ask.

    I want a DEcodec I can just install and run in something like Media Player
    Classic -- and I realize that is RealAlternative, but Real BLEW IT by not
    embracing their audience themselves and forcing hackware to view their
    content.
     
    Nomen Nescio, Nov 18, 2005
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    yuangq Guest

    To burn the AVI files to a DVD disc is one of the choice. You can use
    "DVD Burning Xpress" from http://www.dvd-burning-xpress.com to burn AVI
    to DVD disc with a few clicks.
     
    yuangq, Nov 21, 2005
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  8. Not clear what writing the files to DVD has to do with
    "uploading and sharing out" (which sounds like distribution
    via web page to me.)
     
    Richard Crowley, Nov 21, 2005
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