I'm doing a project and I have 8 VOB files each file over 1 GB. All together the files exceed 8 GB. I want to merge these files together into one and reduce the file size because it s extremely large (and perhaps convert to AVI)
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But I'm not putting the file onto a DVD. I merged the files and the size is 8.54 GB. I need a software that can reduce the size but not onto a DVD.
DVDShrink's final step is to Burn onto a DVD, but that is only optional (and only if you have DVDDecrypter and/or ImgBurn installed, IIRC).
Just skip that last step and you'll have an ISO that is shrunk to the size you want. Extract the VOBs with ISOBuster, etc. if you don't want a monolithic file.
The missing part of your post is what you intend to do with this file. Merging and compressing is easy, and there are plenty of tools that can do it. However the correct tools and output depend entirely on why you are doing it.
You say you are "doing a project" - what is it ?
If it is a project that includes editing the footage then you might consider converting to DV. This would make the files even larger, but much easier to work with in most editors.
If the project is to compress the file for playback on a large screen TV through a media player then you might want to consider H264 at 2 - 3 kbps. Your file will be around 25 - 30% of the original in size, but still have high enough quality to look good.
If the project is simply to crush the life out of the file - the infamous "I must get my movie down to 700MB or I'll die" project - then AutoGK may be the answer.
You need to provide clearer details on what you are trying to achieve if you want more than guesses for answers.
It's a family project, I have old videos of myself and family so I want to merge them together. I did that but now I want to reduce the file size so I can upload it onto a file sharing site for saving and also for my family and friends to download outside the country.
But over 8 GB is way too big and there isn't enough space on my hard-drive, I wouldn't mind 1 or 2 GB. (The format doesn't bother me I just want it down to 1 or 2 GB)
I would suggest two things
1. Burn the 8 GB DVD to a couple of dual layer discs and put them in a dark, dry place as an archive
2. Use Freemake Video Converter and a bitrate calculator (I like vcalc) to get a 1 - 2 GB MP4 (H264) file for uploading
The other detail missing is how long the video is. Filesize = Running Time x Bitrate. Given running time is a fixed value, the bitrate (and to a large degree, quality) will be determined by how small you want the file to be.
Bit rate: 2 114 Mbps
Audio bit rate: 192 Kbps
But who know's seeing as you never filled out your PC specs.....
For F's sake, 8gb is only two single layer dvdr's!!!!
Which is nothing in terms of space on any modern PC/HDD built within the last few/many years!!!!