mpg to avi

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Andy Jacobs, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Andy Jacobs

    Andy Jacobs Guest

    Hi All

    I'm after a tool that will convert some mpg files to avi files. Preferably
    free as it's for a small project and we'll probably never use it again.

    Does anyone have any suggestions please.

    Alternatively, there are 8 files ranging from just over a meg to around 40
    megs. Maybe someone could give me a cost for doing it if I can upload them
    somewhere and give FTP access so that you can then upload the avi files when


    Andy Jacobs, Mar 29, 2006
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  2. Andy Jacobs

    Andy Jacobs Guest

    That's a very good question and one that I don't have the answer to!
    All I know is that the client has given me 14 video clips on CD to go as
    downloads on a web site. There are a couple that I need to import into
    Flash with audio (mpegs will import but sans sound). So, whatever avi
    will import into Flash is what I need.

    Andy Jacobs, Mar 29, 2006
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    Tony Morgan Guest

    If you're running on a Mac or PC with Windows XP, with Quicktime 4 (or
    later) you can import .MOV, .MPG, .MPEG, DV, and DivX -AC3 AVI. All
    *should* give you sound.

    On Windows XP (but not on the Mac) you can also use DirectX 7 (or
    later) to import .WMV, ASF, MPG, and DivX-AC3 AVI. All *should* give you
    sound. I'm a little surprised that the audio doesn't come through from
    the MPG.

    As you probably know, problem in doing the above and publishing .SWF, is
    there's a huge overhead in filesize especially with the 40M filesize
    that you've cited. Because of that, you'd perhaps be best advised to
    incorporate a pre-loader in your Flash movie.

    If there's no interaction in the Flash movie, and depending on your
    client's requirements, perhaps you'd be better off, instead of
    publishing in .SWF, to publish your Flash movie using Sorenson Media
    Squeeze codec which offers a lot more features for manipulating and
    compressing video. In this case I'd suggest publishing as DiveX-AC3 AVI
    which gives a relatively small filesize with relatively good quality.
    DivX AVIs are getting more and more popular for both Web publishing and
    (since more and more DVD players support DivX AVI) on CD. You can
    typically get as much as 90 minutes of video on a CD with reasonable
    quality - obviously not quite as good quality as a DVD.

    If you simply want your MPG converted to DivX AVI, then I'd be pleased
    to convert it after FTPing it from a suitable location, and I'd FTP it
    back up for you. If you want to go e-mail about this, just remove the
    'nospam' from my address. I should also mention that one of my e-mail
    accounts doesn't place an email limit on attachments (if you want to go
    this way e-mail me and I'll give you a different e-mail address).
    However your e-mail feed may have a restriction (most seem to). The last
    option is to post as an attachment to one of the 'alt' newsgroups (if
    you want to go this way, email me and I'll pass on a suitable
    Tony Morgan, Mar 30, 2006
  4. Andy Jacobs

    Tony Morgan Guest

    In message <>, Tony Morgan


    I should have asked...
    Have you the means to encode/decode RAR/PAR filesets (these allow the
    sending/receiving of binaries with assured data integrity).
    Tony Morgan, Mar 30, 2006
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    Lisa Guest

    I think you can try the WinAVI video converter.It can convert all video
    formats to AVI/WMV/RM/ASF/Divx/Xvid .It has been designed to be
    user-friendly and can be easily operated by anyone.First of all,it has
    high quality and at fast speeds . You can visit this to know it:
    Lisa, Mar 30, 2006
  6. Morten L.Pedersen, Mar 30, 2006

  7. ** NB : DirectX is the display and multimedia playback technology.

    You meant to say "Directshow, which is used to decode content for
    transcoding by (eg) graphedit, movie maker or windows media encoder"

    He needs AC3Filter most probably, to decode audio from a DVD sourced
    MPEG : : Occasionally "MPEG video"
    can be packaged with MP2 or MP3 audio streams. GSpot would probably be
    of some use here to determine which audio stream he needed to decode.

    <snip />

    FFMPEG is probably the tool you need in your toolbox at this point :

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Mar 30, 2006
  8. Andy Jacobs

    Andy Jacobs Guest

    Cheers Tony. Having been through the ones that the client wants to use,
    the lack of sound on the mpg one is not a problem as there is little
    sound anyway. The others are avi so we get the sound as well.

    Flash is actually really good at compressing video. A 12meg AVI
    imported into a Flash movie at 80% and 320 x 240 comes out at about
    3.5megs. I could probably squeeze it even more if I compromised a bit
    more on the quality.

    Have a look at Click on the red
    click here tab thing and you'll see the longest one. The three smaller
    tabs all link to video. I don't think that's too bad.

    Andy Jacobs, Apr 1, 2006
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