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best format for saving videos?

Discussion in 'Other video questions' started by brandonjp, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. brandonjp

    brandonjp Member

    Oct 17, 2003
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    I'm generally an audio guy, but I've got several videos [vhs, tivo, etc] that I've captured onto my harddrive as AVI. AVI's are HUGE, what's the best format [divx, xvid, mpg, etc] to convert to, so I can archive them on to DVD or another dedicated harddrive? Most are between 15-30 min in length. Quality is an issue, but I'm looking for something comparable to 192 or 256kbps in MPEG audio compression. Thanks!
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2004
  2. shiroh

    shiroh Guest

    if you want to watch it on a dvd player, you're stuck with mpeg2.
    if you have mpeg4 standalone player than you can go ahead with xvid, or divx.
    like audio too, video works best with 2 pass. variable bitrate.

    it depends on the video some are hard to compress due to its nature, like a shot in daylight has more detail than a dark night shot.

    unless you want to use quality encoding...1 pass encoding

    for pc usage xvid is my codec of choice presently. realvideo 10 works great too.

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