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Recommend Video File formats

MrChip2
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Hello,

I have created a number of training videos using CamStudio software.  It essentially captures my screen and voice and creates an AVI output.  The problem is that these files take up a ton of space (multiple GB each).  The output is simple screen captures, I would think there is a better format.

I used iWisoft's free video converter and tried two formats on a 323 MB AVI file:

a) converted to MPEG4 - the file nearly doubled (610 MB!) and the audio was extremely choppy and out of synch

b) converted to MOV and the file shrank to 133MB and the audio seemed fine.  The compression is great.  The only drawback is the text in my screen captures of my Excel spreadsheets had a lot of ghosting and was a bit hard to see.

iWisoft has dozens of output options.  Can someone suggest a format that gives better quality than MOV while still giving decent file size reduction?  The final file will be played on my PC.

Thanks!


AVI, MOV, mpeg, video conversion
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Hi dbuggs,

Thanks for the suggestion.  What software packages will play that format on a Windows PC?  Can Windows Media Player or QuickTime play that format?  Would I need a plug in?

The nearly 60% reduction in file size sounds great.
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rafaperez3d,

Thanks for the tips.  The 420 - 100 size reduction sounds great!  What software did you use to make the conversion?  Is there a free alternative?

I just tried using iWisoft Free Video converter to change to WMV, but the file ended up the exact same size.
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