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Topic: How long does it take to convert a .AVI File

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Old 12-17-2005, 12:30 AM
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How long does it take to convert a .AVI File

I'm a first time iPod owner, and I've recently purchased the 5th Generation iPod ( 30G) and I want to put videos on it. Now I've looked over the forum and found that with the Videroa software I can convert .AVI files in to files I can play on my iPod. How long wuold it take to convert an .AVI file of ~179Mb to one that I can play on my iPod.


I've read that some people are having trouble converting files that take +4 hours to convert and they don't work properly. Though I like the idea of being able to watch a full length movie on my iPod I didn't purchase it for that purpose. I'd mostly use it to store videos to play back via the iPod -->> TV function when i'm traveling.

The .AVI files I want to convert are about 22-24 minutes long. Has anyone else delt with these before? I'm have the full series of Full Metal Alchemist on my hard drive in these .AVI formats and I'd like to take play them on a TV when I go out of town.



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I haven't done a file that large, but a .wmv file that was 11mb took about 5 minutes. I know the format's different, but you can get a rough estimate from that.
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From my experience, i don't think the file size mattered but rather the length of the video. I converted several sienfeld episodes that were about 50 MB WMV and they took about 20 minutes.. and i converted some that were 100 MB and they still took 20 minutes.. the resulting file size was larger with the 100 MB one but it took the same amount of time. My computer encodes in real time basically so if a video is 10 minutes, it will take 10 minutes to encode.
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Old 12-17-2005, 07:23 PM
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well i used Videora and it worked fine. the video was a bit fuzzy. i took about 20-30 minutes to convert. the program IS simple, but it took me a while because i didn't know what video setting was best. it gave me several options from the Profile pull down tab. i went with:

MPEG-4/ 320X240/128bitrate



i'm not sure if this was good. the original video file was:

size: 179MB
Bitrate: 128kbs
length: 24.09 min/sec
resolution: 640X480


can anyone tell me how to get the best video quality for these file specs.?
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Old 12-18-2005, 02:27 AM
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Many other factors come into play.

For example.

I used Nero Recode to encode an avi into mp4, around 165mb, took 5 minutes.

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Old 12-18-2005, 07:31 PM
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Converting an AVI considers a lot of outside factors you probably don't have control over.

Firstly, you have your AVI. How did it get there? Did you rip it? I'm not questioning legality, but you'd know how it got there in the first place if you did it yourself.

So, you have your AVI. Is it Divx? Is it Xvid? Is it DV based AVI? Or more/less? X.264?

From there you have to consider the original source's file size, aspect ratio, and sound source.

If your original AVI has WAV quality audio encoded into it, that's going to take time to compress.

After you have all of these factors, your answers lie in this.

How much compression are you going to do? The software's going to spend more time squeezing down better quality video to something smaller. It will spend LESS time making a better quality, larger file.

So, your only remaining factors are: Processor speed, Ram, HDD speed, and software.

Those are your limitations you likely setup yourself.
If you're running a P4 2.2 Ghz with 256MB of ram, you're in for a wait.

Got a AMD Opteron 4000 with 2GB of RAM, SATA drives, and running XP64? You'll be waiting far less than others.
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Old 12-19-2005, 09:06 PM
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ok, i've been using Nero Recode to convert my AVI files. it's worked well, but i think that i will use Videora instead. the quality was better to me using that program. as for the time aspect it's been between 20-30 minutes to encode 1 file with Videora. i didn't measure the time with Nero because i encoded 13 files at once. i set it up and did it overnight as i slept.


thanks to those who repied to my questions.
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