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B-Roll: File formats and file size

I've got a lot of B-Roll and the file sizes are too much for us to maintain them in a usable way. 300 gb for a 30 min .avi? What are decent formats/compressions that are acceptable but that also give manageable file sizes? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Jul 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Please help me resolve a .avi codec conversion problem on mac

I have downloaded a few .avi files from my security camera DVR. They are of window codec.avi files that my mac can not view. Is there a way, using my mac to convert them to a mac viewable codec?
posted by citybuddha on Jul 14, 2014 - 11 answers

Safe (Legal?) Way to Have Service/Person Rip DVDs Into Movie Files?

Is there a person or company that one could safely hire (i.e., safeguards against theft) to rip DVDs they own into digital video files? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Oct 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Please Help me Convert Video

How do I make a DVD from a MP4 file? [more inside]
posted by krisak on Jul 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Removing hardcoded subs from an avi

Is there a way to remove hardcoded subtitles from an avi file? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on Jun 4, 2012 - 3 answers

iMovie has beaten my ass

How to convert an AVI to YouTube MP4 format. [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu on May 2, 2012 - 5 answers

What's long and hard and full of swearing? Subtitling!

Tell me about making and editing subtitles for home use: What software do I want? What's the workflow? Er, that is, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Feb 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Playing a 16:9 avi from USB through DVD player--it's displaying at 4:3. Help?

How can I get a downloaded .avi that is 16:9 to display properly on a 4:3 tv (with setting options)? The tv *does* play 16:9 DVDs just fine. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Most forgiving blu-ray/media player?

My Blu-Ray player will play AVI, MKV & other video files but it is a little too finicky about which ones it will accept. Is there a more liberal, tolerant, and accepting player on the market? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Dec 23, 2011 - 8 answers

I'm gif-less and sad.

I've switched from PC to a mac- help me alter my gif making process! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Nov 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Transatlantic AVI to DVD

I have an AVI file and a Canadian laptop. I need to play the content of this file on a standard British DVD player. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Jun 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Recommended ffmpeg options

What are ideal command-line ffmpeg options, used to back up DVDs and AVIs to x264 mp4 files? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 27, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me convert some videos

How to convert .avi files to be useable in iTunes/iPhone. [more inside]
posted by norm on Jan 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Avi to DVD -- with no DVD burner?

I need to get a few small .avi files burned onto a DVD that will play in a standard DVD player. Complication: I don't have a DVD burner. Are there any shops in Manhattan that will do it for me while I wait? [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Dec 16, 2010 - 14 answers

How to convert .mov to .avi?

Please recommend a Mac program that I can use to convert .mov files to .avi. I've found a lot of possibilities online but they all look kind of sketchy and I can't find any reviews that seem trustworthy. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Why are my file sizes so different?

I'm having a problem with screen recording software on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on Sep 10, 2010 - 12 answers

Video and subtitles, all in one file?

I have a video file (.avi) and a subtitle file (.srt). What is the simplest way to merge these two files into one single video file with built-in subtitles? [more inside]
posted by afx237vi on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Table of contents (scenes?) for video

I have a collection of avi and mpg video files, and I'd like to add a "table of contents" or "table of scenes" to individual and collections of these files, a bit like a DVD menu. What software could I use (Windows only)? [more inside]
posted by flutable on May 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Why isn't Final Cut Pro 6 asking me to change sequence settings to match .avi movie settings?

Final Cut Pro 6 no longer asking me to change my sequence settings to match my clip settings. Why has it stopped doing this? [more inside]
posted by omnigut on Apr 19, 2010 - 12 answers

AVI to WMV

What is the most simple, robust program that will convert AVI files into WMV files? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Jan 28, 2010 - 7 answers

AVI-to-MP4 while preserving creation dates?

I'd like to make a script to mass convert .avi files from my digital camera into iPod-sized .mp4 files, while preserving the creation dates from my camera. I'm on a (non-snowy) Leopard mac. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Sep 8, 2009 - 2 answers

What digital video format is best for the technologically impaired?

I am pre-loading some flash drives with promotional material to give away to students. I want to put three videos on the drives, and I want them to be immediately viewable by anyone, regardless of their level of technical ability. What's the best format? [more inside]
posted by latentflip on Aug 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Finding the right AVI encoder settings

How do I encode AVI files in Xvid or Divx according to the fashion often seen on bittorrent, where two hours of US TV, minus commercials, fits on one CD?
posted by Yakuman on Jul 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Best way to marry my hard drive to my TV

Is XBMC on an XBox still the best solution for playing home network media on my TV? [more inside]
posted by Billegible on Jul 13, 2009 - 32 answers

Creating video from a program help

I'm looking for a library, package, product or some sample code in either JAVA or Visual Basic that would allow me to create a video from my program. I have some software tools I've developed and I'd like some functionality to my program that could take existing video clips and pictures and then assemble them into a video. I would like the final video format to be FLV however any popular format would do. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Have a great one.
posted by JohnGL on Jul 9, 2009 - 7 answers

How to import AVI video files in Adobe Premiere Pro?

When I import an AVI video file I recorded on a Canon digital camera to Adobe Premiere Pro, it only shows up as a still picture with audio. Why does it do this and how can it be solved? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on May 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Does (screen) size matter?

Why do movies (.avi files) look better when viewed using a DVD player than on a computer screen? [more inside]
posted by murtagh on May 30, 2009 - 19 answers

avi to mp4 converter for mac

Ipodfilter: converting avi to mp4 files. Can anyone recommend any free utilities for converting .avi to .mp4 files suitable for playback on a 4th gen ipod? the software needs to run on a non-intel imac running 10.5.6. Thanks in advance.
posted by tim_in_oz on Apr 22, 2009 - 6 answers

How to easily convert DVD's to AVI

I'm moving around a lot. Tired of dragging movie DVD's around. Not looking to make an iso copy (i.e. DVDShrink). Too much disk space. ~750MB avi's would be more ideal, but even as a software developer the options I've Googled are confusing. Is there a simple (i.e.1-button) DVD to AVI converter?
posted by hungrysquirrels on Apr 19, 2009 - 20 answers

Minimum PC specs for playing HD video files?

What are the minimum specs for a PC to play HD video files smoothly? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Mar 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Windows can bite me

Why is windows media player acting like my .avi files are music files? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Mar 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Ripping a TV series in Handbrake

I can rip movies to Xvid using Handbrake and it is all good....it rips the movie but no special features which is fine....But lately, when I tried John Adams (miniseries) or the TV show the 4400, it only took one chunk out of the whole disc and ignored the other episodes. Is there a way around this so I can get all the episodes even if they are lumped into one .avi file? (I really don't mind all the fast-forwarding). Thanks...and to all of those reading/responding...have a great weekend.
posted by snap_dragon on Mar 13, 2009 - 7 answers

subs on AVI?

Two-part question about subtitles and DVD-to-AVI conversions: 1) How do I, using open-source software, "hard-burn" a subtitle file onto an AVI from a DVD source? 2) Even better, is there a video player that can load and display subtitle files to an avi format? What software & subtitle formatting should I be using? Extra points all around if your solutions handle Mandarin without encoding hitches. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Feb 23, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I convert mkv to avi?

How do I convert mkv to avi, preferably without re-encoding? [more inside]
posted by fidelity on Jan 17, 2009 - 7 answers

My video editor suddenly can't see my video clips ... HALP!

All of a sudden Premiere Elements doesn't know what to do with my AVI files. GAAHH! [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jan 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Borrowed camcorder uses obnoxious format. How to fix?

Converting ".mts" to ".avi?" [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Jan 11, 2009 - 7 answers

Best way to convert avi for youtube in ubuntu?

Recommended route for encoding avi to smaller file size for upload to youtube in ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Dec 25, 2008 - 16 answers

Avi to DIVX DVD?

How do I burn .avi/.mpg/.flv/.divx etc. to a DVD-R for use on a Divx enabled stand alone DVD player? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Dec 9, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me merge avi files on a mac

Simple stuff. I am looking for a mac based application that will allow me to merge avi files. I have a flip camera and would like combine a number of sessions I shot with it. I am looking for share or freeware
posted by citybuddha on Nov 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Older versions of .avi on the Xbox 360

How do I play old .avi files on my Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by GaGaLoc on Oct 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Convert VOB w/ subtitles

How can I convert VOB files to AVI or some other format, but with embedded subtitles? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Oct 23, 2008 - 11 answers

WinAVI crapped out on Vista Premium 64-bit. What other friendly converter such as WinAVI can I use instead to convert xvid/divx/etc to .vob files so I can burn them as a DVD with Nero and such.

WinAVI crapped out on Vista Premium 64-bit. What other friendly converter such as WinAVI can I use instead to convert xvid/divx/etc to .vob files so I can burn them as a DVD with Nero and such? Thanks in advance [more inside]
posted by cheero on Aug 21, 2008 - 6 answers

convert vobs to avis with hardsubs?

How do I add subtitles (hardsubs) to an xvid avi when converting from VOBs under FreeBSD? [more inside]
posted by kindachris on Aug 10, 2008 - 3 answers

Videoplayback in Vista

Windows Vista seems to have much worse video playback compared to Windows XP. Any way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Iax on May 14, 2008 - 5 answers

converting avi to mac

I've been sent a very short clip I'd like to use in a presentation, but, familiar problem here, it's an .avi sent from a Windows machine. All I can seem to coax out it for my MacBook Pro, using VLC, etc., is sound. Can anyone suggest the best way to go about generating a quicktime mov or some such, with video, from this clip for my Mac? Is there a way to get a Windows emulator, and covert it there for something to play back in the Mac environment? Or something easier? Thanks in advance for any suggestions...
posted by dearleader on May 4, 2008 - 17 answers

How can I turn a picture into a video?

I have a picture that I want to make a video out of. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah on Apr 5, 2008 - 5 answers

Cannot see .XviD avi files inside Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, am I missing a codec?

Cannot preview .XviD avi files inside Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, am I missing a codec? [more inside]
posted by cheero on Feb 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Is there a good alternative to the AppleTV?

Is there a good alternative to the new Apple TV 2? We just got a new HDTV as a gift for the holidays, and I've been connecting my laptop (Windows) to it in order to watch downloaded TV shows & movies. It works ok, but the gfx card on the laptop's a bit old, & doesn't really support HD resolution. Now that the Apple TV's (re)released today, I was wondering if there's a good alternative ....something small that'll playback hd video files in divx, xvid, etc, super easy to connect to the wireless network, plays back in full hd res., etc. Storage space isn't really an issue, just a few gigs is ok considering we usually delete a video file or backup to dvd-r after watching it. I'm also concerned the AppleTV won't playback all the random video formats that VLC & a codec pack handle with ease. ...oh, and definitely cheaper than the AppleTV - think grad student income. Thanks!
posted by itchi23 on Jan 15, 2008 - 13 answers

.avi agony

I have a couple of different .avi files I want to play… and for the life of me I cannot get them to work. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Nov 19, 2007 - 13 answers

Why won't my Canon let me upload my .avi movie?

I recently shot an 8min .avi video with my Canon point 'n' shoot (SD800 IS). Now, I'm unable to upload the file onto ANY of my computers (pc, macbook, ibook). Is the 1gig .avi file just too big? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow on Oct 22, 2007 - 4 answers

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