Any suggestions for compressing a giant Quicktime file?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by onealc, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. onealc macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    Hi folks,
    Can anyone suggest the best way to compress a giant Quicktime file? I want to put it onto a blank DVD or CD. Right now, it's 11gigs in size. It's an old home movie I copied from VHS into Quicktime. I guess I should have originally saved it at a lower quality, but...

    Anyway, anyone have any tips on the best way to shrink the file size now, or can it even be shrunk enough to fit onto a blank DVD if the original is almost 11 gigabytes in size.

    Thanks for any tips.
  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    How do you intend to use it? If you just want a simple data backup to DVD then a high quality MPEG4 setting should do just fine.

    If it's going on the web you'll need to consider lots of other things (bandwidth, diskspace, etc).
  3. pianojoe macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2001
    N 49.50121 E008.54558
    Re: Any suggestions for compressing a giant Quicktime file?

    If it's not longer than 2 hrs, just drop it into iDVD and burn it.
  4. onealc thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    Compressing giant quicktime file

    Yeh, I basically just want to back it up - pretty much take it off my hard drive and save it onto a DVD, but keeping it as high quality as possible. Since it's 11gigs, it takes up a pretty big chunk of my hard drive, so being able to put it off elsewhere would be cool - I just hate to degrade the quality any.

    Good tips by the way.

  5. DVDSP macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2003
    Southwick, MA
    Re: Compressing giant quicktime file

    As mentioned by pianojoe MPEG-2 can drop that size down pretty well, depending on what codec it is using already. Considering the VHS source I wouldn't worry too much about degrading the quality. Do you have QT Pro or iDVD? I don't remember if QT Pro comes with the MPEG-2 codec anymore, but you can see the estimated final output size before you start your render. I just checked a 17 MB file and after MPEG-2 it will be just 2.5 MB. I realize this is significantly smaller than the file you are dealing with but it gives you an idea...
  6. encro macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2002
    Split it into 3 Parts and burn each part to its own DVD.

    You can always join it back together later.

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