Video compressor recommendation

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by cain772, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. cain772 macrumors member

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    Can I get some help finding video compressor like Video Monkey or Visual Hub that will work on Mavericks for a reasonable price or better yet free.
     
  2. mojito macrumors member

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    If you have Final Cut Pro, the Compressor program that comes with it works really well.

    If not, you can download MPEGStreamclip. It's free and it's something I use quite regularly. Very helpful in converting files, but also helpful in compressing files by using the quality slider bar. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    It's actually a stand-alone program now:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/compressor/id424390742?mt=12

    Annoying if you've already bought Final Cut, but much, much nicer if you just want Compressor without buying Final Cut.
     
  4. cain772 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys for the recommendations. I want to make my videos smaller in order to make make room on my iPhone.
     
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Handbrake is popular, free, and does a nice job making videos fit on an iPhone. Its defaults are adjustable if you want to sacrifice quality for smaller size.
     
  6. mojito macrumors member

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    Huh, good to know, even though I have FCP. Easier to recommend to people.

    That said, I know this forum is very pro Handbrake and I find it useful for a lot of things, but I personally go with MPEG Streamclip 9.9 times out of 10. To me it's just much faster, easier to control, wide variety of codecs to choose, etc. To each his own though, I suppose...
     
  7. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Under the hood, they all use the same codecs and the ffpeg process.

    I stopped using Streamclip a few versions ago as it kept choking on a couple challenging videos (anything with frame drops or other anomalies), and worse, locked up the computer. Never liked its GUI and thought is was so slow, never taking full advantage of the cores available. For quick short stuff perhaps OK. But as you say, to each their own and there is a broad variety of interface choices.... Handbrake, although not without fault, seems to be the most robust tool out there.
     
  8. mojito macrumors member

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    Hmm, maybe I'll have to give Handbrake another crack. I haven't used it in awhile, but just messed around with it a little bit ago and I see nowhere that lets me choose a wide variety of codecs like MPEG Streamclip. I see I can choose MP4 or MKV and some advanced settings, but where can I go in Handbrake to convert to MOV or alter the codec?
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    Nowhere, as HandBrake only offers the MP4/M4V and MKV containers and these codecs:
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  10. mojito macrumors member

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    Okay that's what I thought. This is exactly why I'm so partial to MPEG SC. I know that it's slower, but I prefer to convert directly from one file format or codec to another. I find too much of a loss in data if I'm going through a few conversions. I use Handbrake to rip discs and convert MKV to MP4. You know though, to each his own and all...
     

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