Large video file size

I have  a Matrox Marvel G200 video card on my PC with the software Ulead Studio Pro Ver 5.
When I attempt to record video (from a digital vid camera) I seem to get ridiculously high file sizes.  EG - a small clip of my 2 boys singing Happy Birthday' (one minute)that I sent to my mum on a CD was 166 MB (not full screen).
I have video CDs that have over an hoour of good quality full screen stuff on them so I must be doing something wrong.

Any hints - I use the wizard on the software.

Thanks
CharlieJoeAsked:
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mark2150Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Thank you sir!

You know that you can "Grade Comment as Answer" now? Is new feature.

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mark2150Commented:
You need to adjust your rez down, your color depth down and your frame rate down. THEN you need to run the raw (uncompressed) data stream thru MP3 compressor to tamp it down. The files you're creating should be considered "temp" files as the first step in the MP3 process.

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CharlieJoeAuthor Commented:
What is a good MP3 compressor to use?
Reply sounds really hopeful thanks!
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mark2150Commented:
Don't know any offhand. But there are a TON of them out there in the world.

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sillycornCommented:
VCD just using resolution 320x200 and the compression using the MPEG-1 compression that has some lossy, but if you can change some of the default setting it can be unseenable.

If you want to get a good MPEG-1 compressor (and also MP3!)
please visit this site :
www.xingtech.com.
and click on the Xing-Video session, on there you can find XingMPEG encoder.

But you need to buy the product to have the full version, or you can just download the trial version first, and then if you like it you can buy it.
You can convert an AVI files (which relatively big) to become a VCD format or MPEG format.

May this answer is you are asking.
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CharlieJoeAuthor Commented:
This is difficult. Mark has technically answered question.
Sillycorn(!) has provided software answer.

Really you have both been helpful but I think Mark should get the points.  I'll have to reject Sillycorns sggestion - sorry.  MArk if you propose first comment as answer, I will accept
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sillycornCommented:
Mark, Are you sure that a video clip (that recorded from digital video cam) can be compressed using 'MP3 compressor' ????
If can, then tell me the site........ I would very appreciate that.
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mark2150Commented:
No. I was shooting from hip.

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