Shrink MPEG display size

Posted on 2004-11-20
Last Modified: 2009-12-16
I have an MPEG file that has low resolution yet displays a large picture. How can I change the MPEG to retain the same file size but display a smaller picture when it is played?
Question by:PLavelle
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    Expert Comment

    If you're using Windows Media Player go to view > video size, and change the size of the video. You can right click on the video for the same menu.

    Author Comment

    How can I change it to play a smaller size by default?
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    I think Media Player remembers what it was set to when it was closed.

    Author Comment

    I want to change it so that when I distribute it, it plays the size I want.
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    Accepted Solution

    You wont be able to have that much control unless you supply your own player.  This is simply because there will always be some player which plays files at user set preferences (such as MediaPlayer for instance which uses the last zoom size used).
    You're best bet would be to make sure that at 100% zoom the video is the size you would like it to be viewed at, since most other players will start playing at 100% or last window size.

    Apart from that there's little you could do aside from distributing your own kind of player.  If you dont want a full scale player, you could provide a webpage that has the video embedded in it.  The html code for the video player object would be similar to:
    <OBJECT ID="MediaPlayer" WIDTH=320 HEIGHT=240
        STANDBY="Loading Microsoft® Windows Media™ Player..."
        TYPE="application/x-oleobject">  <PARAM NAME="FileName" VALUE="YOUR_MOVIE.MPEG">
      <EMBED TYPE="application/x-mplayer2"

    You might also find this link usefull:
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    by:Sohel Rana

    I think the best way is to reduce your mpeg display size by some tool. There are many tool available but I suggest you to use TMPGEnc :

    Besides you can find many tutorials and tool advice in the above site.

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    Assisted Solution

    If the mpeg file already has a low resolution, than resizing it using any tool will not  help, since the picture is small already. All it will do is degrade your image quality.

    If you want to control the way viewers see the video your best is to embed it in a web page like shamstar recommends. (even then the viewer can watch the clip in full screen by double clicking...)

    Author Comment

    Ok, I will do that. Thank you.

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