I have a large (1,5 gb) MPEG-2 video file. I have seen a recording of the same material with a size of about 350 MB (AVI). However, the converters I have found makes this MPEG-2 file even larger. How can I decrease the size of my video file?
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By using a lower bitrate. Given the same running length, only bitrate is the factor determining file size.
Try to convert it to AVI with avi.net. There, you can select output file size (and thereby implicitly bit rate).
Or you can use virtualdubmod or virtualdubmpeg2 and convert to xvid/divx or whatever. Then you can choose the bitrate. Also use a videobitrate calculator. There are several available in the tools section http://www.videohelp.com/tools Also the divx encoder has a built in calculator for you to choose a bitrate (I'm not sure about xvid as I use divx most of the time for web uploads - or occasionally wmv).Donatello - The Shredder? Michelangelo - Maybe all that hardware is for making coleslaw?
Thank you all,
Is there also a tool for making a DVD with this smaller sized video so that you can view it on a TV?
Originally Posted by joape382
You could reencode the original mpeg-2 to mpeg-2 at a lower bitrate, and perhaps even reduce the frame size to allow for this lower bitrate.
There's no lowes allowed bitrate for DVD, but generally, VCD quality/bitrate is considered the lowest you should go. That means 1150 kbps, around 7 hours of video on a DVD.