I would have skipped any transcoding and used " direct stream copy mode " which is blazing fast. You also find that a 30 minute file when snipped to 15 minutes is almost 1/2 the size.
I shortened a 40 something megabyte video, saved it as an AVI on Virtual Dub, and it made it into an over 4 gigabyte AVI. If someone could please help me to make it into a smaller file it would be greatly appreciated!
Or if you could suggest to me another free video editor that would be great to!