I have recorded lots of INTERESTING videos while working as lifeguard this summer. Most of them are just 3 minutes raw AVIs of about 100MB in size. Because my digital cam does not have any built-in compression they are huge in size. I am looking for some Video Conversion and Editing software which allows me to convert them to some other format or at least let me encode them with some nice video codecs. I would like to put them on my web site. I promise I will post a link to those video here if you guys help me out with some free or Borrowed software.
RE: VIDEO CONVERSION AND EDITING SOFTWARE
Hi Mr. Aristotle,
You can try Kateís Video toolkit. Itís a collection of 4 applications. 3 are free and one is paid. You might be able to accomplish what you need by using free ones. Among the free ones are Video Converter, Video Joiner, and Video Splitter. The paid one is little more than free ones.
You can download it from download.com
I don’t blame the people posting commercial-ware (I just learned to accept it after a while (and after Bjarne took sponsors)); they’re just trying to make a living...
Commercial-ware is very easy to use, but if you’re poor and not too lost with computers, freeware is ok too.
I recommend VirtualDub (http://www.virtualdub.org) (freeware) for your needs. (You can also use NanDub.)
The process is very simple. (You may need to install codecs first before they’re available for you to use.)
Open your file in VirtualDub. Click Video, Compression, then pick your favorite codec and tweak the settings to your liking (it’s pretty intuitive... high bitrates make larger files but better quality... low bitrates make small files but worse quality). Then click file, save as AVI and you’re done.
What codec(s) should you use? It’s a matter of preference and trial and error are probably the best teachers. If you have pristine (DVD-quality) video, you probably want to go for a modern codec like DivX 6, Xvid, or even Windows Media Video 9 VCM. If you’re using a digital camera with movie capabilities, or medium-quality VHS source material, DivX 3.11 or even Microsoft MPEG-4 version 3 might be good alternatives.
P.S: I assumed from your post you wanted to convert the files to compressed AVI. There’s always other compression alternatives, for example MPEG-1 (TMPGEnc.net), Windows Media (WMV/ASF) (Windows Media Encoder) (not a good choice if you’re planning to distribute to many platforms, like the Mac for example), QuickTime (MOV) (QuickTime Pro), etc...
Feel free to get back to us if you need more guidance.