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Looking for video compression software (Windows)

by Terrum / August 23, 2015 2:53 PM PDT

I'm looking for a free/paid video compression software (free preferred, paid can be any price) for Windows that will compress a video 'automatically', or with little human interaction, that will compress a video's file size but not lose any noticeable quality in video. I have a lot of videos that have a bitrate higher than the actual visible output (such as VHS tape re-encodes) that are like 2GB or more when they come back as at at a maximum of 300mb when I upload and re-download off YouTube with hardly any visible video loss. I say 'automated' because I know there probably isn't a software that does this without having to configure it greatly, but perhaps there's a software that shows the video side-by-side so you can visibly adjust the quality (the original video on the left, and the quality adjusted one by the software on the right, for example)

Codecs the software supports are not that important, as long as it plays in VLC and, preferrably but not required, WMP. I recently found out about MiniCoder which does a great job from test videos (making high quality MKV videos with 30 minute long durations at ~480p at a crazy low file size of ~50MB each). But MiniCoder is far too advanced for me.

Hope someone can help or recommend me something. Many thanks for reading!

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This sounds very weird to me.
by Oldartq / August 23, 2015 5:19 PM PDT

How about zipping it. Personally have never try it (not sure if it can be doe). To go through all this trouble just to save a little space, wow.

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by Terrum / August 23, 2015 7:10 PM PDT


Cool, so, automatically assume the fact that I'm trying to save hard-disk space by compressing my video files. Totally might not be asking this question for, y'know, anything like storing the videos onto a USB drive that has limited space for uses away from a computer such as a TV - nah can't be that at all!

How about actually give a useful or even relevant answer next time, otherwise don't say anything at all. Zipping? Don't you mean archiving? Get real - who wants to archive a video and wait ages for it to decompress just to watch it. I hope you enjoy how ridiculous you sound right now.

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Think about your reply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 26, 2015 10:44 AM PDT
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You have scared off future replies. While I have a lot of background and work in the video field with hardware and software in DVRs, your reply tells me that you may flame about anyone.

This is all volunteer with no pay which I ask you to thank anyone that answers.

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by Terrum / August 26, 2015 1:11 PM PDT

"You have scared off future replies"
Have I? Too bad. Looks like I won't be participating any more in this forum then from how much I care. Assumptions shouldn't be made - if one doesn't understand a question, ask for more detail. As a moderator I'd expect you to understand that. I honestly don't see how you find their response to be even relevant to the type of question I asked - would YOU archive videos to save file size? I don't think so.

"your reply tells me you may flame about anyone."
I flame anyone that I would see as stupid - do you really see their answer as suitable to my request? I asked about compressing a video, didn't ask about archiving it or anything along such subject.

"I ask you to thank anyone that answers."
I have no one to thank. I also understand how forums work seeing as I've been using them for over 10 years, and been a moderator of many throughout. His answer nor yours was of any use. I got my answer elsewhere on a much more useful forum which is clearly a lot better than this one as I weren't told to just 'compress my videos into a zip'.

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I hope some day you'll see the value
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 27, 2015 8:43 AM PDT
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Of thanking folk that try. There are folk that never understand this and will burn through boards calling folk stupid. Sorry to read your reply.

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Video Compresseion Suggestion
by ZachaZilla / August 27, 2015 5:42 PM PDT

Let me suggest Freemake Video Converter.
First, It's a free download software and second it's a nice software with
a good interface and a friendly setting.

I hope this helps. Here is the link:

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Would not advise compression tool
by Mountain-lion / January 17, 2016 10:15 PM PST

I would not suggest any professional tool after I use video converter studio. Honestly speaking, this is the first video processing tool I bought from CNET and I'm satisfied with it entirely. Allows to enter the file size in the range it provides in a very straightforward way. Give a picture I shot.

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