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Why Does Avi Take Up So Much?

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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 11:19 AM

I was just wondering why AVI videos take up such an ungodly amount of space? When I compress into WMV it takes up about 1/50 of the AVI size and looks just the same. Is AVI a professional file that has the best quality or something? Really though, a 5 minute movie takes up about 3GB on my PC. What a waste of precious space. Does anyone know a good AVI to WMV or MP4 converter (besides erightsoft dachew lol I havent looked at it since my crash yesterday).
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#2 Mr Alpha

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 11:31 AM

The size has nothing to do with whether it is avi or wmv. It depends on how much it is compressed. If 5 minutes takes 3GB is sounds like it isn't compressed at all. It is just raw video. What you need to do is encode it. Whether you then put it in a avi or mp4 container won't matter much.

I use MeGUI for most of my encoding. Here is a really nice tutorial on using it, although you won't need to do every step as you already have a avi file.
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