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Rich B.
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Hi guys. I need a little help.

I recently had a promo dvd put together which I'm quite happy with. I wanted to get this on my website. I found a free software converter which changed the format from DVD to MPEG-2...so now its on my computer. Its a 6 minute demo.

The problem is the file is 325 MB. My server for my website is Go-Daddy. It only allows 30 MG video upload. According to GoDaddy, I can purchase additional host space for just the video and set up the video file and player on the video page of my website. I would have to hire someone to this...I don't have a clue.

I can also link this promo to You Tube, which only allows 100MB. Bottom line is I have to reduce the file. What is the best way to do this and keep decent quality of the video. Are there any free software converters to do this?

Thanks for your help.

Rich B.
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Rich,

How long is this video that it's 325 mb?

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Rich,

It sounds like you have a full sized, NTSC video on your hard drive (720x480 frame size at 29.97 fps). For web video you don't need anything quite that large.

All you need to do is change the frame size, frame rate and bitrate. Here are the specs I usually convert to for the web:

For web video, 15 fps is good enough. Also, the smaller sized 320 x 240 is an average frame size for video on the web. As for bitrate, you'll want around 300kB/s.

You should also change the codec to one with better compression. Quicktime Pro ($29 bucks on apple.com) can do a very good job at this, and it runs on Mac AND PC. Also, I believe the built in Movie Maker on the PC can do it as well.

I personally like either H.264 (quicktime codec) for better compression or Sorrenson Squeeze 3 for better compatibility with older computers. Quicktime Pro can convert to both of these codecs as well as set the frame size, frame rate and bitrate.

However, if you have a bit more experience on web video, converting to a Flash Video file (.flv) is very good also and loads pretty fast. This is what I use on my site ( http://www.reelsinmotion.com/promovideos.shtml ) for videos that I don't want downloaded. Mpg, Quicktime and WMV can be downloaded to the viewer's hard drive, Flash is harder (though it can be done with some work). I prefer to have people visit my site and not download the videos, making them come back to the site to watch the footage. But I'm not too upset if they do download the footage, as it is watermarked.

I hope that helps. Let us know how it goes! A 6 minute video like you have will compress down to about 6-13 megs, depending on the footage (some footage compresses better than other footage).

Scott

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I see you are in Philly. I'm up near Reading. If you have any trouble, PM me and we can get together and I'll help you out.
Rich B.
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Rob...the video is 6 minutes.

Scott...man you really know your stuff. That is exactly my frame size and FPS. The info you supplied is great. I just have to familiarize myself with the mentioned software to reduce the file to your specs.

So Scott, are you saying I can reduce the current 325MB file to approximately 13MB?
I could then load it direct to my site which allows 30MB video file upload...which is what I would like to do.

I also saw you at Bob Little's Super Sunday promoting your video services. At the time I wasn't considering a promo...shortly thereafter, I met a guy who turned out to be a good friend and he offered to shoot a promo for me at a reasonable price. He is in the video field...worked on movies etc. He is also a magician, so I believe he really understood how to put this together. He just has limited experience in converting this to the web.

Anyhow, thanks for your help. When its up, I'll let you know so you can critique it.

Rich B.
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Yup, 13 Megs is a sweet spot. Not too large, yet high enough quality to see what's going on. In fact, I just checked the two .flv videos I have on my site. The one is 7.2 Megs and is about 3 and a half minutes, the other is 11.2 Megs and is 5 minutes. So I'd estimate if you compressed using Flash (which is a little larger in file size) it would come in at exactly 13 Megs, which is great.

Also, if you are uploading to YouTube, I have a "secret sauce" for getting the best quality possible. Email me or call me and I can help you out with that, as its a bit more complex.

Next time we meet, I'd be interested in meeting your friend. The video world is a close community, like the magic one. I specialize in higher end VFX (effects) work for films, independent shorts and promo and instructional videos for magicians. Plus I focus mostly on digital distribution (from High Def delivery to Podcasting). That is THE place to be right now if you know what is going on in the industry.

Good luck!

Scott
Rich B.
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Scott, Thanks for your help again...I will PM you if I run into any problems.

I just viewed the 2 promo videos on your sight...I gotta say...I'm Impressed!

The special effects were very creative and took the promos to the next level.

Rich B.
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Well - Scott beat me to it.

Rich, hope you get it all worked out. Scott's info is right on.

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Wow!!!

Great info. Thanks guys!

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Thanks for all the comments. Some of that info out there can be tricky to find and figure out. I'm working on a project right now that hopefully will be able to act as a library for enterainers.

Rich, glad you got your video up!

Scott
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When Scott talks we all should listen!!
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