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Old Nov 30, 2002, 11:41 AM   #1
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Hello All, i have one quick question. I need to compress videos from a minidv camcorder. The raw file is 2gb and i wann get it down alot.

I want to convert to .avi, or anything else. But i want to stay away from .wmv or .ra.

Whats a good program for conversion?? I want a program which is relatively fast, "medium" output quality,and not very expensive.

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Old Dec 1, 2002, 10:34 AM   #2
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Why dont you consider the new DivX format. Great quality and you can fill 1 hour on a single CD.

There is plenty of software for this on the net.
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Old Dec 1, 2002, 11:31 AM   #3
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Come on, list the best sites please. Save me all that surfing.
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Old Dec 1, 2002, 11:57 AM   #4
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While we're at it:

Of all the things I'd like to be able to do, it is convert my digital 8 recordings and VHS copies to something I can play back on a DVD player through my telly with Divx quality. Is Divx the answer or do I look elsewhere.

Indeed, can Divx be played through a DVD player?

Sorry this aint camera stuff but it is digital - pushing my luck I think, just grabbing the opportunity.
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Old Dec 1, 2002, 12:10 PM   #5
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You have to work a little yourself!

Here you will find all about it:

http://www.digital-digest.com/

Good luck.
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Old Dec 1, 2002, 12:15 PM   #6
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Old Dec 2, 2002, 2:27 AM   #7
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u can also burn it to a VCD (video cd) nero 5.5 is a program that u can use for that...some dvds will play VCDs and some wont...
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Old Dec 3, 2002, 3:35 PM   #8
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Default VirtualDub and DivX

The best software for compressing(/editing/capturing...) video is VirtualDub. To get a great quality, use the DivX-codec.

http://www.virtualdub.org/index
http://www.divx.com
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Old Dec 3, 2002, 3:51 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by steve6
While we're at it:

Of all the things I'd like to be able to do, it is convert my digital 8 recordings and VHS copies to something I can play back on a DVD player through my telly with Divx quality. Is Divx the answer or do I look elsewhere.

Indeed, can Divx be played through a DVD player?

Sorry this aint camera stuff but it is digital - pushing my luck I think, just grabbing the opportunity.
APEX just came out with a DVD player that reads DivX encoded discs. Of course, APEX isnt on my list of what I'd call "quality" hardware, but then again, if you're willing to tollerate DivX, you wont notice any PQ differences between APEX, and any higher-quality player.

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Old Dec 3, 2002, 4:27 PM   #10
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Why not just encode to real DVD? Get a DVD+RW or DVD-RW drive and some DVD authoring software. Don't lock into something like DivX that can only be played on a computer or a very small number of regular DVD players.
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