Smallest file size but with good quality for web download?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by eb7g, Jul 29, 2005.

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    eb7g Guest


    I have a 7 minute video shot in miniDV and in the DV-AVI format I want
    to upload to a site for others to download. Of course the file size is
    1.5 GB so I have to compress it to another format.

    The problem is, I want to get it down to under 5 mb yet still have it
    look really good and the subtitles readable. I've tried several ways,
    but can't seem to do it.

    Anyone have anything to suggest?
    eb7g, Jul 29, 2005
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  2. That's impossible to compress it _and_ read the subs.
    I don't know if this will work properly, but if you're thinking
    Windows, you could create a subtitle-file (SRT-file), and make that
    downloadeable as well. But you have to test what will happen to the
    subs when playing back such a small video in the Windows Media Player.
    Maybe this will work for Quickime as well. Re-render your video
    without the subs, because it'll look better then as well.


    Martin Heffels, Jul 29, 2005
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  3. Not clear exactly what the distribution requirement is?

    Do you want people to be able to VIEW it online
    (like using WIndows Media Player inside their browser, etc.)?
    If yes, AVI seems like a poor choice for file format/codec.
    My first choice would be to compress to WMV and make
    the file as big as possible (lower compression, etc.)

    Or are you trying to distribute a file for DOWNLOAD which
    people will be dropping into a timeline and editing for
    If yes and you MUST distribute AVI, you will have to post
    it in more managable pieces, or find a hosting service that
    allows more space.
    Richard Crowley, Jul 29, 2005
  4. requires a plugin for windows media, and I'm not sure either
    quicktime or real player support .srt at all.

    The best plan is to grab a subtitle tool and create the text files in
    the native player format - all media players support text subtitles
    and there's no problem of being unreadable because they're played in a
    separate screen area.

    Try if you need a demo of how this works. Another
    tool is Magpie from NCAM which does a similar job. 7 minutes of
    dialogue would take about 20-30 minutes to subtitle correctly (so it's
    time intensive)

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jul 29, 2005
  5. Oh, does it? I use WMP10, and didn't seem to need an extra plug-in
    for the SRT's to be recognized.

    Martin Heffels, Jul 30, 2005
  6. Have you also got DivX and / or DirectVOBSub installed ?

    They both add a directshow filter (sorry, plugin is the wrong term, I
    used it for simplicity) which can be used by media player to display subtitles as video overlays.

    The best method remains to use a separate text file and display it in
    the captions / subs area of the player if required (you can easily
    switch it off if it's not desired for a particular viewing of the

    Refs :

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Jul 30, 2005
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