Compressing .avi files

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  1. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    So I want to compress those raw .avi files I get of my Canon PowerShot. Does anyone have any recommendations of programs?
     
  2. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Try right click and 'compress <file name>'. That'll put it in zip.
    If you need something more advanced with more formats... try stuffit. Brilliant software. Love it!
     
  3. Xander562 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking more for something that will leave it in .avi format but just a smaller file size.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    .avi is already a compressed format. This may help explain.
     
  5. boast macrumors 65816

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    Well, AVI is just a file container- AVI is not a specific compression format.


    Open it in imovie, and save it with a different compression scheme. Id recommend H264. If it is still too big, you will probably have to decrease the resolution and drop the frames a bit.
     
  6. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

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    Sorry.... got you wrong:eek:

    Use iSquint (http://www.isquint.org/) Its free....
    Drag the quality to 'Go nuts" and select optimize for TV, deselect 'Add to iTunes'

    H.264 for better quality but more space (sometimes even more than the original file) and will take a lot of time!

    This will rip your vid in mp4 (if you havent used h264) which is the most common and a really good compression format!

    Sorry for the wrong interpretation again:)
     
  7. Xander562 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks! That was exactly what I was looking for. I just freed up 22gb of space! :D Worked great.
     
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    iSquint and VisualHub are excellent pieces of software.
     
  9. boast macrumors 65816

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    MP4 itself is also a file container. You would need to tell him what kind of MP4, as such:

    "H.264 is a standard for video compression. It is also known as MPEG-4 Part 10"
     

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