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.ts files to .mp4

Whats the best video converter (free) to turn a .ts file into .mkv or .mp4

I've tried several and they are just too slow or end up with a file too large (saving about 10% on the original size)
I'm trying to get the smallest file possible with as little loss in quality as possible - say around 300-400 MB for an hour of video at around 640x size.
It's just music videos so quality wise it doesn't need to be crystal clear.
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Tried Freemake, barely any difference in size - 1GB file becomes about 800-900mb after conversion, hardly worth bothering with
Also tried XMedia and StaxRip (which was unbelievably slow)

I have about 17GB and I want to fit it on to a DVD9, so were talking about a 50% reduction
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Just tried again with Freemake, and don't know what I changed, but seems to be doing a pretty good job of reencoding at a small enough size with good quality.
Morning all, I'm in Australia Gary and wont respond till next day my time.
Glad to see you sorted it.
 with Freemake when you choose your output container then choose for what device I select for TV that gives you the  smaller size without loosing quality too much.
I take it you want to burn them back as a data disc? for storage/
I use an external HDD USB for video storage. Most devices have USB support now even the TV.

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Just want them on DVD should the HDD blow up and some of these videos are pretty old and you rarely see them anymore, should be able to get them all on a DVD9 now.
Yes I can really appreciate your sentiment
 I used to do it like that, even bought the book stile case with 200 sleeves to store them but found that DVD discs don't last as long, the mirror can flake and scratches on the disc can prevent them playing. New technology outdates them.
Storage doesn't have permanent hardware.
So every 7 years I get a new USB external HDD and copy all my videos/movies to it.
I now use external USB  WD Buffalo. They last for many many years.
I bought Get Data Back just incase I have to recover it.
Western Digital Elements Desktop USB 3.0 2TB

http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/the-best-external-desktop-hard-drive/
cheers