MPEG-1 Compressor?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Alonzo1, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. Alonzo1 macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2006
    Hey guys,

    From what I've heard, MPEG-1 is the most compatible format out there (correct me if I'm wrong). Does anyone know any free software I can use to compress my video into MPEG-1?
  2. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    Yes, at one time it was the most compatible ... and may still be. However, it's also one of the lowest quality out there.

    For best overall compatibility AND quality, go with Flash. Next would be WMV.

  3. Alonzo1 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2006
    My video will have to be in a file format that people can download, so flash is out of the question. As for WMV, most PC users can play that, but not all Mac users can. And other than that, I find it's compression quality questionable. Besides, I don't have any software that can compress it into WMV without a watermark.
  4. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

    Super Macho Man

    Jul 24, 2006
    Hollywood, CA
    MPEG-1 is probably the most compatible, but like DH said, the quality is poor, and you are limited to 320x240 resolution. You can use MPEG Streamclip, ffmpegX, or QuickTime Pro (I think) to compress to MPEG-1.

    Windows users can play back QuickTime if they have QuickTime installed, and MPEG-4 if they have either RealPlayer or QuickTime installed.

    Mac users can play back WMV if they have Windows Media Player, Flip4Mac, or Perian installed.

    Generally it is less to ask 5% of the computing population to go download Flip4Mac for free than it is to ask 90% to download QuickTime for free.
  5. Alonzo1 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2006

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