How to convert AVI file to another format that is compatible with Premiere?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by GadgetCollector, May 15, 2009.

  1. GadgetCollector macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    All of my movie files are in AVI format and whenever I convert them to MOV in order to edit on Premiere my file will be up to 2 GB in size even though the original size is 700 MB. My problem is that whenever that happens, it hurts the available space of my laptop and it sometimes discourages me to edit on Premiere. I hope to find an answer that when I'll convert to MOV (or any other format that is compatible with Premiere), the file size should not exceed 700 MB or so and still has the same quality as the original.

    Here are the settings that I normally use:

    (When exporting to a QuickTime Movie)

    Video Settings:
    Compression Type - H.264
    Motion Frame Rate - Current fps
    Motion Key Frames - Every 24 frames
    Frame Reordering checked
    Data Rate - Automatic
    Compressor Quality - High
    Compressor Encoding - Best Quality (Multi-pass)

    No sound (unchecked) (The file will be 5 GB when I add sound)

    Frame Size:
    540 x 304 (16:9)

    Interlaced Scaling checked

    Field Dominance:
    Upper Field First

    I'd like to change any of these if necessary to have a best quality 700 MB (or so) movie file. Are there any formats that I could use other than MOV that will not eat up my available space? If so, what are they? I'm not really familiar with the formats. I'm only familiar with MOV and AVI in terms of converting.

    Any help would be gratefully appreciated. If you can point out what I'm doing wrong, please explain and I'd be thankful as long as you can teach me how to make it right. :D
  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    If the files play already in Quicktime you should just be able to Save as a regular Quicktime movie or as a referenced movie. Saving as a regular (self-contained) from the File menu just copies the same data into a MOV file. Saving as a reference movie simply adds an "alias" in a MOV file, saying that the Quicktime engine should read the data from the AVI.
  3. GadgetCollector thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    Yes, but I don't have QuickTime Pro, so I can't use the Save option. Is there any other way in order to do this?
  4. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    i didn't think you needed Pro to do this? Shouldn't the free QT dload do it?
  5. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    I think you can use QTAmateur for it. But really, Premiere is a couple of hundreds and QTPro is a couple of tens of dollars.

    Also, if you don't have QTPro, what are you using to export with?
  6. GadgetCollector thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2008
    I'm using another media converter. I guess I never thought about using QTPro earlier. :D Anyways, thanks to jackerin and Keebler for the help!

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