I've got some anime that are in avi format. I'm trying to compress them a little so that i can fill one full cd. At the moment i can only fit in 3 files but it covers only 500+MB of a 700MB disc. Can anyone suggest any software to do this? I want to be able to watch them of the cd so zipping is out of the question.
Are you trying to get 4 files that are just slightly over 175MB each on a 700 MB disk? Look into the Nandub modification of Virtual Dub. Nandub has a built in file size calculator that lets you pick a final file size. If your finished files are ending up the same size or bigger you might turn down the resolution a few notches.
If you only need to save a few MB you might try to re-encode only the audio. Many times audio will take up way more room then needed. Vog-orbis is great for getting audio down to the bare minimum. You could do a direct stream copy on the video (no change) and reprocess audio with a lower bit rate mp3 or mp3 vbr or vog-orbis and save a few MB while leaving the video portion unchanged.
The bad news is that if the originals were done correctly you will not be able to get much smaller without loosing a lot of quality. Good news is most stuff floating around is not done so perfect so their might be room for improvment. One huge error is to make a copy higher res then the original source. Big boo boo. NO way a copy can be better then an original.
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