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The kind of issues you're describing are most commonly caused when people try editing clips that were not designed for editing.
What codec was used to create the .avi files from the originals?
This is going to sound really bad, but I'm not that sure. To convert all of my files, I used AVS Video Converter. For the smaller files, I used the setting "Video: Uncompressed, Original; Audio: PCM", which the original was MPEG2 (as a .MOD file). For the larger files, I kept getting some errors when trying to use the above setting, so I used "MPEG4 (DviX, XviD), 768 kbps; Audio: MP3, 96 kbps." Obviously, to solve my problem, I just need to convert the files to a different file type that won't turn a 4GB video into a 200GB video...
Anyone have any ideas as to what file type would be best without super-sizing the file?
>so I used "MPEG4 (DviX, XviD)
That'll do it.
My own recommendation would be to return that camera and get one better suited for editing. For Standard Definition, a tape-based MiniDV camera is the best choice.
Oh, believe me, I'm not using this camera by choice...I do not have one of my own, and on short notice, this is all I had to work with. After this project, however, the church will be purchasing one of the nice Sony MiniDV cams (I can't remember the "series" number or style, but I used them in high school during film-editing class a few years back...the silver Sony cams with the widescreen lens and more "professional" look...you know, the $3000 ones...). I've already requested, lol...
Anyway, thanks for your help, Mr. Simon. What format do you feel would be suited best for this conversion? I want to keep it around the same file size...maybe from .MOD to .mpg (MPEG2)? I'm already trying that as we speak, but to save me some time...mind recommending a format? This thing has to be exported to a .avi file and on my thumbdrive ready by 7am EST...and it's 9:13pm EST now...
>I want to keep it around the same file size
I'd drop that consideration and convert to DV AVI Type 2.
I'm sorry, but just getting back into this, I'm not sure what AVI Type 2 is. The best I can do to help you help me is provide you with what selections I have when converting to AVI. Unless, you can tell me of a better program to get for conversion that I can pay for and download immediately...
What about this selection?
HD Video 1080p: H.264/AVC, 4200 kbps; Audio: MP3, 256 kbps
But my video isn't HD...so then perhaps...
Video: H.264/AVC, 1200 kbps; Audio MP3, 192 kbps??
Most of my other choices are either MPEG4 or for a specific MP3/4 player...
>I'm not sure what AVI Type 2 is.
VideoHelp.com is a good place to study up on file conversions. They have lots of software, too.
AVS will convert to a DV AVI. The 2 options you list in post #7 are not good for your purpose.
Use Gspot to check your files after converted to make sure you have a type 2. (The ordinary AVS convert is, I think, a type 2.)