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Do you think it is worth to convert my digital cameras movies to DivX or Xvid?
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 PostPost subject: Is it worth to convert my digital camera movies to divx?        Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:29 am 
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As the topic title says: Do you think it is worth to convert my movies I made with my digital camera (which are .avi files) to Xvid or DivX? A movie of about 3 minutes is now around 150 mb, which I think is quite a lot. If I convert it, does the quality decrease?

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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it worth to convert my digital camera movies to divx?        Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:49 am 
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If you care about disk space then yeah go for it.. Xvid/Divx have quite good compression, meaning same quality but smaller files. You can get much smaller file sizes with very little, if any, noticeable quality loss.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it worth to convert my digital camera movies to divx?        Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:52 am 
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zeehonden_3 wrote:
If I convert it, does the quality decrease?

Depends what kinda compression ratio you use, also, DivX is a lossy format, which means every time you edit the video files, the video quality will become a little more degraded.

If all the videos do is sit around being watched occasionally, and you have the time and a decent CPU to do a lot of converting, might be worth your while.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it worth to convert my digital camera movies to divx?        Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:57 am 
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From experience XvID for me always worked better and produced better looking videos. Also a 3 minute video at 150MB is sorta a lot. If your running low on disk space and want to keep your videos I say go for it or even if your not and you don't want huge files like that laying around you can too. Just remember as said before XvID as well as DVIX are both lossy formats.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it worth to convert my digital camera movies to divx?        Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:49 pm 
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If you really must compress your already lossy files, you need to decide on what you want to do with them, if you want to edit try to convert them to a format which doesn't use intra-frame compression, if you just want to store them use H.264, which what in my experience provides the best compression ratio.

At 50 MB per minute, what resolution is this? If it's 720p you should just leave it, unless you're too poor to store a few HD files at £0,035 per minute.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it worth to convert my digital camera movies to divx?        Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:48 pm 
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Well, after I looked for the excact size of a file, I saw that it is even worse. It is about 109 mb per minute. This is at a framerate of 30 frames per second, and with a resolution of 640 x 480.

I don't watch the movies a lot, it is just about some vacation & family videos that I watch sometimes (like you sometimes look into a photo album).

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DivX is a lossy format, which means every time you edit the video files, the video quality will become a little more degraded


Do you also mean: putting it into a diashow? Or is it only with video editing tools?

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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it worth to convert my digital camera movies to divx?        Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:40 pm 
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Personally I convert to a medium-high WMV bitrate, and that does me great while reducing filesize, but it depends how much quality, if any, you're willing to lose. My WMV's all compare to the original file to look the same so thats all that mattered to me.

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