how to make a avi file smaller

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by raining, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. raining macrumors newbie

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    i'm not sure whether this is the right place to ask this question but I will give it a shot.

    I need to shrink a avi file from 217mb to 15 mb.
    Is there a program to do that...it doesn't matter if the quality gets a bit poor.

    If that is not possible with program can i use the cut some pieces out of it.
    Im not a pro in this stuf so recommend me some easy things .

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Frohike macrumors regular

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    Simple. Using either Imovie or FCE/P if you have it, import the clip and then chose export in the file toolbar, then it'll give you a drop down list of all the different sizes you can compress it to with the file size just below it. Hope that helps!

    Frohike
     
  3. -DH macrumors 65816

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    ... or you can use QuickTime Pro, Compressor or other encoding program to encode the file. Reducing the pixel resolution and/or frame rate will reduce the file size.

    -DH
     
  4. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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  5. jackey11 macrumors newbie

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    one:
    If you are taking a 217MB and reduce it to 15MB, and it's already MPEG-4, you might as well not do it. You are looking at just one large block as a picture. That's going to be too low of a bitrate. You might want to try for like 45-55MB realistically

    Two:
    How long is the video clip?

    Three;
    You may want to check out the ImTOO Products (not free, and not going to give a link, u can google it) if you want to take anything other than a DVD and rip it down, that is, if you use it under windows. I have used it and it works OK, although, it's not fast. This is what you probably don't want to use if you are looking for free. Maybe someone else can provide a link to something like it, but free.

    Four:
    If you are under Mac, there is stuff like FFMpegX that works, it's a free software that you can get on sourceforge.
     
  6. lilyly macrumors newbie

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    I’m wondering what u want to do after u cut avi file to some pieces of 15M files,I guess u want to import them into portable player such as iPod, yes ? if that’s the case, u can make it by setting Start Time and Duration via ImTOO MPEG Encoder(just as jackey recommends), u can also output iPod supported files.
     
  7. raining thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i work under Mac, jackey and lilyly, anyway, thanks. maybe i can recommend imtoo mpeg encoder to my friends afterward:p

    i downloaded FFMpegX and my problem was solved.

    thanks for your time:D
     

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