the best video format

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by OrangeCuse44, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. OrangeCuse44 macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2006
    Long Island, NY
    I'm going to transfer my camera video files from my pc to macbook. they are all AVI files which take up a huge amount of space. i was wondering if there is another video format i could convert them to that takes up less space without losing video quality (like converting MP3 to AAC)? if so, what program could i download to handle this the best? thanks.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Converting MP3 to AAC does loose quality. Transcoding any lossy compression format to another will always loose quality. If you want to save space and retain as much quality as possible then H.264 is probably the best bet.
  3. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    h.264 is probably the best option for space, however this isnt the most cpu friendly codec.

    If any of the computers are older, then it may be worth considering quicktime using the mp4 compression settings, this can give a good comprimise between size and quality.

    Software - possibly depending on the codec used with the avi you could use quicktime pro, if not probably nero using the recode part

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