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I recorded about 50 minutes of footage with a Samsung SMX-F44. It is a standard definition camera that records in H.624 (.mp4) format. The file is nearly 5GB too large for even a DVD. This seems abnormally large and I need to distribute this file to about 50 other people and its size is causing problems.

I dont know much about video or compression but I did try to zip the file however that made it go from 4.9GB to 4.8, hardly useful to me.

Any suggestions?
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It's because it's an MP4 file. Render the footage you recorded with a program to a format such as WMV.
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its 50 minutes long but yea convert the file to a different codec and format would do the trick. WMV would reduce the file size a lot but you will lose quality
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Originally Posted by joman2055 View Post
I recorded about 50 minutes of footage with a Samsung SMX-F44. It is a standard definition camera that records in H.624 (.mp4) format. The file is nearly 5GB too large for even a DVD. This seems abnormally large and I need to distribute this file to about 50 other people and its size is causing problems.

I dont know much about video or compression but I did try to zip the file however that made it go from 4.9GB to 4.8, hardly useful to me.

Any suggestions?
It does seem large. Your Samsung SMX-F44 records in H.264 format. The default video resolution setting is 'TV Fine' at 720x576(50i) and a 50min video should be around 1.6GB. Even if you have set it to the max video resolution of 'TV Super Fine', it should be around 2.1GB. See page 34 of the User Manual below.

I am also baffled as to why your 50min video file is 5GB. Anyway, which file compression program do you use? I have some WinZip experience and think it can compress video files fairly good.

Also, does your Samsung come with its own editing/burning software? If so, it usually has a function that allows you to burn lower-quality video file/disc. If not, get one of those video editing softwares that has this feature. But before actually paying for it, download the free demo version and use it to see if you like the user interface and make sure it works with your video files.

Edited by windfire - 4/28/11 at 6:51am
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