I've been meaning to ask a related question after seeing one of my looping videos in this digest from Kim. It has to do with finding the best quality yet smallest file size for videos. For this video below, and the others, they were shot professionally in a studio with three camera men, producer, sound engineer, etc...and there was a some good effects like panning or fading from camera to camera, superimposing camera shots, and so on. I was given the master on Super VHS, which I paid to have converted to DVD. I ripped the DVD to the best quality mpeg (DVD editing quality), then converted that to a series of Windows Media (wmv) videos. The quality of these wmv videos is acceptable...no overt choppiness in the sound. movement is relatively smooth, etc, but the files are still large. A 10 min. 25 second video of mine is 15MB and the size is 208 x 160.
However, is there a media format that will get the file size down even further without loosing quality? I've tried Real Audio...no luck. I hear Sorensen Squeeze 4 can do this but I'm too cheap to buy it. http://www.sorensonstore.com/product_info.php?url=http://www.sorensonstore.com/products/sq4cswin.html It sounds like the ticket though.
...looking for other options, or I just suck it up and accept a 15MB file size for a 10 minute video.
From: Kim Flint [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2005 9:03 PM
To: Hartung, Kris
Subject: Everyday digest
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