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Old Oct 27, 2006, 7:57 PM   #1
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1) Convert the mov file to an avi file with rad video tools using the cinepac codec. (Free at http://www.radgametools.com)

2) Convert the avi file to a wmv file with Windows Movie Maker, which comes with most xp computers. Choose Save for Computer. (Free at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx) The resulting file plays on Windows Media Player, which also comes with most xp computers.

A minute long 640x480 at 30 fps clip is about 80mb in-camera and compresses to about 6.2mb after the two conversions. Most email providers will send/receive attached filesup to10mb. If you have an independently hosted web site, you can upload the wmv file to it (as done with the example below). Calling up the url of the wmv will open Windows Media Player on the receving computer (once again assuming an xp computer) and the video will start streaming in about 30 sec, depending on your internet connection. Or you can simply right click on the url in an email (similar tobelow) and choose Save Target As to downloadthe wmv fileto your computer.


Sample of 6 month-old grandson's 1st crawl at http://www.artmags.com/connorcrawl101906.wmv

Original 1min 14sec mov file with the fx01 at 640x480 and30fps was 98.8mb
Intermediate avi file was 188mb (Double the size but not for long.)
Final wmv file was 7.7mb for an overall compression of about 92%.
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Old Oct 28, 2006, 9:16 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info!!!
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Old Oct 29, 2006, 8:10 AM   #3
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That is great info! When I tried it, I got as far as converting to .avi, then got discouraged because the .avi was huge., many times larger than the .mov. I'm going to go at it again, thanks to your info!
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That is great info! When I tried it, I got as far as converting to .avi, then got discouraged because the .avi was huge., many times larger than the .mov. I'm going to go at it again, thanks to your info!
Make sure youuse the Cinepac Codec by Radius (1st choice) to convert the mov to avi. The resulting avi file size will be a little less than double the original mov file size. That avi file size will then compress way down (~1:25) with the conversion to wmv in Windows Movie Maker. (Btw, WMMcannot convert mov to wmv directly.) Obviously, you can then delete the large interim avi file.
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Can you elaborate a little about the Cinepac codec? I used RAD for my first conversion, but I don't see any mention of Cinepac anywhere. Sorry, a little dense here. :roll:
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Can you elaborate a little about the Cinepac codec? I used RAD for my first conversion, but I don't see any mention of Cinepac anywhere. Sorry, a little dense here. :roll:
The current version of rad video is bink 1.8r. There a few codecs to choose from including cinepac codec. What version of rad video are you using?
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There a few codecs to choose from including cinepac codec.* What version of rad video are you using?
I was using 1.8i, but just upgraded to 1.8r. Still not seeing anything about codecs.
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Old Oct 30, 2006, 10:23 AM   #8
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Open rad video tools and select the mov file you want to convert. Click the "Convert a file" button on the Rad Video Tools window below. That will take you to the Blink Converter (upper left window below). Another window will pop-up asking for the Video Compression you want to use. Scroll up and the first choice is Cinepac Codec by Radius.Select that and Compression Quality 100. Hit okay andthe conversion begins. It takes about 30 minutes to convert a 100mb mov file over to a ~200mb avi file.


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OK, I'm getting a different screen when I click on "Convert a file".

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Hit the Convet button on that window
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