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Why so big?

Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 8:26pm

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Absolut

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Hi! I´m new on this, so maby this is a stupid question.
I just made a test in Alam DV2, with one small effect. Then I saved it "uncompressed". The original file was 81Mb big, and the uncompressed file was 908Mb big! Why is it so very big? I must have a very very huge harddrive to make a movie if the files get that big. Am I right or am I doing wrong?

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Posted: Wed, 8th Sep 2004, 9:07pm

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Arktic

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There are no stupid questions smile

Digital video does have a tendency to eat away at HD space - and as you want to keep everything as high quality as possible, uncompressed video is the way to go. Unfortunatley, that does mean that you'll end up with rather large files.

It's possible to compress those files from Alam with little noticable quality loss, try bringing them into your editing software, and exporting them using a codec such as DV, or something similar. This should cut the file size back down to something more manageable.

I hope this helps smile

Cheers,
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Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 8:27am

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Absolut

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Thank you Arktic!

I will try that.
And I will use smaller clips in Alam too.

Cheers
Nix
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 1:39pm

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Klut

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Absolut wrote:


And I will use smaller clips in Alam too.
Yeah, try to only use the clips where you are going to use effekts, so you don't get stuck all night waiting for it to be rendered...
Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2004, 5:57pm

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Hi,

I read in one of the various books on digital video (it may have been one on iMovie & Quicktime), that if you use the Animation codec, you get very little loss, if any, and a reasonable file size.

So, whenever I go between captured video and AlamDV, I export to a Quicktime file using the Animation codec, and it seems to work pretty well.

jimgf