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compressing avi files

vischer
For some projects I make screencasts with sound of ca. 3 minutes (using "IShowU HD" on OS X) that accompany the documentation. Then I use "Stomp" to compress such a movie to about 8 MB. However, many PCs refuse these .mov files because Quicktime is not installed. But when saving as .avi, the size becomes 60 MB. Well I admit that this is a bit off-topic, but can anyone give advice how to get the same compression level for .avi files?

Norbert Vischer
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dscho
Hi,

On Tue, 29 Jun 2010, Norbert Vischer wrote:

> For some projects I make screencasts with sound of ca. 3 minutes (using
> "IShowU HD" on OS X) that accompany the documentation. Then I use
> "Stomp" to compress such a movie to about 8 MB. However, many PCs refuse
> these .mov files because Quicktime is not installed. But when saving as
> .avi, the size becomes 60 MB. Well I admit that this is a bit off-topic,
> but can anyone give advice how to get the same compression level for
> .avi files?

The problem is that the .avi file format is just a container. You can
basically choose whatever codec you like for the contained movie, but
whether the player supports that codec is not guaranteed, even if "it
plays .avi".

At the moment, a lot of players seem to support H.264, which is
patent-encumbered, however. Another wide-spread choice is the DivX codec,
but that almost certainly requires a plugin for the player you want to
view the movie on.

In the near future, VP-8 (pushed by Google and potentially
patent-unencumbered) should be a sensible choice.

Sorry for the sad news,
Johannes
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I use iDealshare VideoGo to compress AVI to smaller file size.

Here is the easy guide https://www.idealshare.net/video-converter/how-to-compress-avi-files.html

It also helps to compress other video or audio files.