How To Compress Large Video Files Into Different Formats & Keep Quality

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Remember, Google is your friend. Hope this helps you with your video marketing.

Recently I bought the rights to resell a couple of video products. The problem was that
one of those products was a 320 MB zipped download consisting of three files. When
unzipped, the total file size was over 460 MB because two of the files are over 100 MB
and the third is over 200 MB.

So basically I would be selling people two and a half hours of video with a total file size
of over 460 MB. I'm on a very fast connection and I have more space on my hard drive
than I could probably fill up. They sell 1 1/2 Terabyte drives now. ;-)

But not everyone has unlimited bandwidth or storage space so the smaller you can make
your videos while preserving quality the better. Right?

Anyway, not only were the videos very large, they only worked with Windows media
player and a special codec needed to be downloaded (GotoMeeting codec) in order for
the video to be visible. The first thing I thought was this would be a hassle to explain
to customers and just having a Windows format would limit my business.

I tried to convert the videos to FLASH using Camtasia Studio 6 but even after I
installed the correct codec, Camtasia wouldn't recognize the video format.

The Solution?

After lots of searching on Google, I found a program called "Prism Video Converter"
which allowed me to convert the .wmv's into .avi's that were up to 40% smaller than
the original files while maintaining the quality. The resulting .avi's weren't dependent
on the codec the original files couldn't run without. I was then able to use Camtasia
Studio 6 to convert the videos into FLASH for web browsers.

I used the FREE basic version of the "Prism Video Converter". Also, if I didn't have
Camtasia Studio, I could have (using the "Prism" software) turned the large .wmv's
into .flv's which only require a FREE .flv player to work.

I personally use the "VLC Media Player" which works on Windows and MAC.

The Final Result

Instead of asking customers to download a 320 MB file that unzipped to over 460
MB, they can either download a single 175 MB file that unzips to 200 MB or all three
files individually. Their zipped file sizes are 58 MB, 71 MB and 46 MB. Much more
manageable than three separate 100+ MB zipped downloads.

Plus, all of the videos are now in FLASH format so they play in any web browser.
I made no changes to the contents of the videos themselves. Just compressed and
converted them into a new multi-platform format.

I don't usually post much because I'm busy working on projects but I know that alot
of you create your own videos and sometimes have to deal with large file sizes that
make it hard to distribute the final product so I hope this helps.

Sometimes you end up with a larger file than you planned on so hopefully "Prism
Video Converter" will allow you to scale down your file sizes as much as possible
to make it easier on your hosting account and your customers when they download.

Took me a few hours to find the right conversion program that also compressed the
videos without losing quality.

Take care,

#compress #files #formats #large #quality #video
  • Profile picture of the author qualitytw
    Excellent information!
    You answered a question that I have been dwelling on how to shrink videos on my blogs! You must have read my mind as I was entering the forum for more information.

    But what are the advantages of Prism Plus from the basic Prism (free) software? Especially since the regular Prism software seems to do just fine?


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  • Profile picture of the author Anthony Stillwell
    From what I gather on the main page of the "Prism" website, the other versions add more functionality like additional formats you can convert videos from/to. But since the basic free version did exactly what I needed, I had no need to test out the other versions.

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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      I actually came across several free converters today - but the big challenge is figuring out the right settings for your video.

      If you have any ephinanys on that I would love to hear them.

      This particular program actually wanted to install itself into the applications and seemed like it wanted to be on my mac - and I like that.

      I currently use FCP or Screenflow and can convert to .mov files - both come out "different" for the 2 programs.

      My newest challenge is now either figuring out conversion or compression formulas that I can use as a guideline for my vids - and applying those to upload an Amazon S3 for the best output to the user with minimal bandwidth.

      "May I have ten thousand marbles, please?"

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  • Profile picture of the author Ian25
    file size reduction with camstudio-VIRTUALDUB
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  • Profile picture of the author turningpointup
    I highly recommend iDealshare VideoGo.

    It supports to compress large video files into different dormats & keep quality.

    It also supports to compress video file size as well as keep the same video format.
    It supports reducing almost all kinds of video files size such as compress MOV, MP4 files, compress AVI files, compress WMV files, compress MKV files;

    It does not only play as a Video Compressor but also can compress various kinds of audio files like compress MP3, compress WAV, compress M4A, compress M4B, compress DTS, AAC, AC3, MP2, AU, and so on;

    Compress movie or music as well as keep the source format or convert to other more compatible video or audio formats as your desire;

    Step by step guide at Video Compressor Mac - Compress Videos AVCHD, MTS, ProRes, MOV, FLV
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  • Profile picture of the author aduttonater
    Wow, I did not know that. I will use this next time I set up a squeeze page. Thanks.
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