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David Metsky
04-12-2005, 03:11 PM
Hi all,

I love my Canon SD300 but the videos in AVI format are quiet large. I'm looking for some free/cheap tools that allow me to convert from AVI to MPEG. Any suggestions?

I'm on a Windows 2000 box at home, but could use my XP work laptop in a pinch. I never expected to use the video mode so much, but the video mode on the Canon is so much better than the one on my Olympus that it's really worthwhile.

-dave-

TEE HEE
04-17-2005, 10:27 AM
http://www.videohelp.com/ a lot of info there.

gary_hendricks
04-17-2005, 11:33 AM
You can check out this piece of software (http://www.download.com/AVI-to-MPEG-Converter/3000-2194_4-10356083.html) that allows conversion of AVI to MPEG.

Anthony
04-17-2005, 12:26 PM
Years ago I tried this http://www.winmpg.com/whats-new.html; it worked OK from what remember.

Again from memory it had basic settings & I didn't buy it as I didn't need to use it that much.

Anthony

JTL
04-17-2005, 09:56 PM
Hi all,

I love my Canon SD300 but the videos in AVI format are quiet large. I'm looking for some free/cheap tools that allow me to convert from AVI to MPEG. Any suggestions?

I'm on a Windows 2000 box at home, but could use my XP work laptop in a pinch. I never expected to use the video mode so much, but the video mode on the Canon is so much better than the one on my Olympus that it's really worthwhile.

-dave-I've tried them all and there's only one that I found works all the time, every time...Capturex Image Grabber by Cliprex Video Software. Approx $30.00 USD. 30-day free trial. If you like it, don't buy from their site...for some reason, it's cheaper at other shareware sites...
http://www.cliprex.com/free_dvd_video_software/option,com_docman/Itemid,28/task,view_category/catid,8/order,dmdate_published/ascdesc,DESC.html

gary_hendricks
04-17-2005, 10:32 PM
Capturex Image Grabber is pretty good. I've a couple of videographer friends using it for small projects.

JTL
04-17-2005, 11:19 PM
Hi all,

I love my Canon SD300 but the videos in AVI format are quiet large. I'm looking for some free/cheap tools that allow me to convert from AVI to MPEG. Any suggestions? -dave-Sorry...misread your post...must be because I'm in the middle of a birthday party project grabbing stills from AVIs...which is what Capturex does.

There are a lot of AVI to MPEG converters...most no more than $30.00 US...I've tried WinMPG...used to be buggy, but it's been pretty much fixed...there's also the Fly Dragon converter...and, if you need lots of codecs and formats, there's imTOO....it also has a pretty good interface...but honestly, there's about 20 of them at this point...most have free trials...some are very basic....some are very complicated...some are annoying and some are simple...

karcreat
01-30-2006, 01:56 AM
...If I convert an AVI file to an MPG or MPEG or MOV file...is the frame rate exactly the same, ie, will the produced conversion contain the exact same number of frames?

I ask, as I am creating an animated movie game wherein the player must respond to the action by hitting an arrow key, etc, to make a decision and continue the animation...it is integral that the MOV/MPEG/MPG file have the EXACT same number of frames as the AVI source, so I can program the game when I import the converted file (I produce the original animation in AVI, WAY BIG for clarity, etc...then use a converted MOV/MPEG/MPG in the game software....the end result is something akin to the old arcade classics 'Dragons Lair' or 'Space Ace'...;)

Please email me at kkarstens@cableone.net with any assistance you can offer...

Thanks!

K

Prospero
01-30-2006, 08:59 AM
Hi all,
I love my Canon SD300 but the videos in AVI format are quiet large. I'm looking for some free/cheap tools that allow me to convert from AVI to MPEG. Any suggestions?


Converting an Avi file to an Mpeg file will not make your filesize that much smaller - unless you severly reduce the bitrate which would result in severe loss of quality, or if your AVI file is a DV-video file which I doubt it is.

If you want to reduce the filesize of the video there are two (in this case probably better) options:
- Convert your AVI file to another format, for example .mov (Quicktime) or .wmv (Windows Media Video). These are usually smaller than a AVI file.
- Convert your AVI file to another AVI file with a different codec. Examples of codecs you could use are the Mpeg-4 codec by Microsoft, the Div-X codec and the X-vid codec. They can limit your filesize while the quality is retained.

Here (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Encoders-Converter-DIVX-Related/MediaCoder.shtml) is some free software that can be used for both of the above conversions. I have not tried it out, don't blame me if anything goes wrong when using this software. I don't know if all codecs are included in this program or if you should download them separatly.

David Metsky
01-30-2006, 10:01 AM
This thread was revived by another user after many months. I've been using Windows Movie Maker and it works fine for my needs.

-dave-

karcreat
01-30-2006, 11:38 AM
This thread was revived by another user after many months. I've been using Windows Movie Maker and it works fine for my needs.


-dave-
...Im new here, and discovered this thread via a link in GOOGLE...;)

Only problem I have w/ Win Movie Maker is that it exports WMV files (or HUGE AVI files/screen size) and I need to export MPEG or MOV files....

K

JTL
01-30-2006, 11:53 AM
Haven't used it in ages, but it does a lot for $35. Plus there's a free trial available...

http://www.imtoo.com/mpeg-encoder.html

Prospero
02-01-2006, 01:37 PM
If you use Windows Movie Maker, and you want to create .mov or .mpg movie files you should export it as a huge AVI file (using a DV-codec if I am correct) and then convert it using a converter. There is a lot of software on the market you could use. The program JTL refered to is a good option. If you want a good Mpeg encoder and don't mind spending quite a lot of money for it you could also consider Mainconcepts Mpeg Encoder:
http://www.mainconcept.com/products.shtml

forkart
02-11-2006, 07:44 PM
Hi all,

I love my Canon SD300 but the videos in AVI format are quiet large. I'm looking for some free/cheap tools that allow me to convert from AVI to MPEG. Any suggestions?

I'm on a Windows 2000 box at home, but could use my XP work laptop in a pinch. I never expected to use the video mode so much, but the video mode on the Canon is so much better than the one on my Olympus that it's really worthwhile.

-dave-
Try yasa avi to mpeg converter (http://www.yasasoft.com/yasaavitompeg/). I always use it to convert avi to mpeg. and It is much quick and outputs high quality video.

http://www.yasasoft.com/yasaavitompeg/

sparky
02-11-2006, 08:48 PM
You may want to try this; AVS video converter http://www.avsmedia.com/VideoConverter/index.aspx

You can convert multiple formats and it also includes video editing capabilities.

tealwoodlabs
02-17-2006, 05:17 PM
Well, I've read thru all the posts on this forum, saw some suggesting converting to .avi to .mov. But I'm taking some short movie clips with my new Panasonic DMC-FZ30 (which I love!); but even at lower speed and resolution, getting 45MB .mov files which are taking forever to e-mail or upload to my website; most aren't even going thru (with DLS).

Does anyone have a suggestion for inexpensive software to convert .mov files to something that is sendable???:confused:

~Kayla~
02-27-2006, 08:12 PM
I have a Mac Tiger, is there any free software that will convert AVI to MOV or WMV? When I had a PC, it was much simpler. I know QT Pro does this but I won't be getting it for awhile.

D_D
04-19-2006, 02:30 AM
Hi all!
I wanna let you know amou on-line video convertion that is offered by VidFlash (http://www.vidflash.com/). You just send them your video and after 15 min get your converted video. its very easy and convenient.

~Kayla~
04-19-2006, 08:28 PM
Thanks for the link. I have QT Pro now and I also have some other software.

nukacola
05-04-2006, 02:04 AM
have you mentioned www.vidflash.com ???
its the service of converting online.
register there (free) and see what you will be able to do +)
its almost sterted.

have a look

~Kayla~
05-04-2006, 03:21 PM
I always thought it was a software not an online tool. :confused: Is it a PC only application?

nukacola
05-05-2006, 02:36 AM
I always thought it was a software not an online tool. :confused: Is it a PC only application?

well if vidflash is online it will work everywhere (Mac, PC, Win or Mac as or Linux)

~Kayla~
05-05-2006, 10:43 AM
Well, obviously. But, if I checked out the forum there and thus far it's only for video to flash. Logging in and uploading a file was mentioned, maybe I missed it but I've yet to see that option.

nukacola
05-10-2006, 01:47 AM
well, I thought I told that vidflash is not yet a full-functional.
As you can see there is said what kind of convertings we be able to do. So sooner or later ;) i`m sure it will be done.

~Kayla~
05-10-2006, 10:23 PM
I understood what you said but the site makes claims about what it can do now and I have yet to find it. That was my point since you missed it. :)

flash110
03-17-2007, 12:32 AM
Hi! i came across this thread in google trying to edit and compress my .avi files taken with a Canon P&S, I read this thread and there are too many options, i´m a complete novice. I used WMM recently and it works great but it only will save to .wmv and it has just basic editing options.
Is there a standard video editing software to edit my .avi files and then compress to smaller files? I liked WMM but i need something with more editing tools and with more compression options, I appreciate all your suggestions, Thanks!

Visual Reality
03-17-2007, 08:48 AM
Check out Nero. The later versions have a pretty cool video editor.