I have managed to capture and store all of my family videos (VHS/Hi8/DV) to my computer in avi format. I now want to encode these to MP4 or some other format so that I can share the videos with members of my family (I intend to give them the MP4 files on USB drive or something similar as they can plug it straight into a LED tv).
Obviously I want to keep the size down as much as possible whilst keeping decent quality. What would be a reasonable bitrate to encode at?
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Only you can judge 'decent quality' since you probably mean how the video looks rather than the encoding quality.
You can use a bitrate calculator to establish a target size/bitrate. While not a precise science, 700 meg for one hour of video is reasonable.
The better option is to use target quantizizers (lower is better) but then you have no control over bitrate.
But before you do any encoding, make sure what formats can be played by the family's tvs.
Last edited by sanlyn; 19th Mar 2014 at 07:22.