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Hi guys,

Do any of you have video compression software, specifically .mov files to possibly mpeg-4? Or compression to anything that would be small enough to fit on a website? I'm not sure what the best format to use is. My current iphoto slideshow exported to a .mov at the lowest resolution is at >100MB which is too big. I did some searching and people are recommending quicktime pro to convert to mpeg-4. But I don't have that. You guys have anything similar that can do the job?

I like to get my slideshow on the web so people can watch it again since some of the pictures got cut off during presentation.

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 17:15:32 +0000

The free MPEG Streamclip tool presented in the "MOV to AVI Conversion" TrackBack below could do it. Although the title is for MOV to AVI conversion, the tool could actually output MPEG-4.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 18:45:26 +0000

You can use ffmpegX for OS X and SUPER for Windows, both are free. (see on how to download)

For your website, you can embed the converted video using JW FLV Media Player.

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 18:47:18 +0000

I tried isquint that someone suggested and it converted it to mpeg-4 which turned my 640x480 300MB file to 81MB. I believe isquint is simillar to ffmpegx or somehow uses it. That's pretty good but still big for my dsl upload speed. Does anyone know of a good free file sharing site that has good transfer speeds?

Also, comments on which format is better for my purpose... mpeg-4 vs. avi?

I also tried youtube for it filtered out my audio due to possible copyright restrictions. :(

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 22:16:22 +0000

if you want people to stream your slideshow, you can use vimeo or facebook. just upload your .mov file like you would on youtube and embed it on your website.

if you want to make the slideshow available for download, just put it up on dropbox or google app engine.

.avi is just a container, you can put videos of different encodings (divx, xvid, mpeg-4, etc.) in it.

if you want to cover your bases, just make it available in Xvid, MP4 and WMV.

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 23:37:10 +0000

Your problem is not really the video format, but the resolution size. All current formats are pretty competitive. Based on my experimenting, at this time WMV provides the smallest size. The formats I would go with are: XviD, DivX, WMV, or MPG. Each has its advantages and draw-backs.

However, using any of these formats will not help you make the files any smaller than what you have already got. That's because of your 640x480 resolution. Until technology gets better, that's what you got.

The only other compromise you can make is to reduce your resolution. Usually to 320x240. Anything smaller is too small. 320x240 is decent (considering that was the traditional TV resolution). That would immediately reduce your file size by 4 times (generally). So an 81 MB file at 640x480 becomes 20 MB file at 320x240.

Another thing you can do is encode the audio format into low-quality MP3. For example, use 8-bit rather than 16 bits. Reduce 2-channel stereo to 1-channel mono. In each case, that's 1 fold of size reduction.

Personally, I use VirtualDub to do all this work, because it's fully customizable for each video and audio compressor. Then once I'm happy with it all, I'll produce the XviD video for distribution. And if I want everyone to be able to watch it, then I use produce it to DV and have Windows Movie Maker convert it to WMV.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:40:31 +0000

Cool, vimeo seems to work pretty well. At least they didn't filter out my music :)

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 02:20:35 +0000

Well, I found out that installing ffmpegX is not that easy. After installing it last night, I tried running it today to find that you need to install two other packages:


mencoder and mplayer: . . .

SUPER . . . on the other hand . . . was a piece of cake to install. Just install and run. Takes a bit of time to load, though.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 29 Oct 2009 05:37:40 +0000

Correction, ffmpegX is not free. It is shareware. I learned this after installing it and trying it for the first time.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 01 Nov 2009 02:39:13 +0000

Gee . . . it's so hard to download SUPER. They purposely surround by ads that features "download" buttons and links. So you have to traverse several links to get to it! They force you to go through all its web pages filled with ads. Gee . . . talk about deceptive.

So, I'm going to give you step-by-step direction on how to traverse through its links:

1. Go to this page:
2. Search for "Start Downloading SUPER" link on this page.
3. Click that link.
4. Search for "download and use" link on this page.
5. Click that link.
6. Search for "setup file". It's going to get you to a "Download SUPER © setup file" link.
7. Click that link to download the file.

Yes. You have to go through all these steps. There are no shortcuts. The web site designer for that site purposely done it this way so as to mis-lead you to click on their ads.

And, of course, for all this to work, you have to follow their small print: "Enable your JavaScript, clear your Browser cache, do not block your http_referrer (with ZoneAlarm or similar), do not use a proxy."

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 08 Jan 2010 06:46:19 +0000

Here's the link I used to download SUPER:

You can also just search for "SUPERsetup.exe" in Google, you'll get plenty of sites to download from and not have to deal with the developer's crap.

Sat, 07 Jul 2012 08:21:52 +0400

I use the free version of Video Converter and I like it quite a bit.
convert mov to mpeg-4:

You can also google search for other media conversion tool like Handbrake.

Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:04:00 +0300

Use YouTube. See this article:
Convert Your Home Video to MP4 with YouTube

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