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    I'm running out of space on my hard drive so I thought I would compress some AVI-format videos to MPEG-2. Is this sensible or will there be a huge dropoff in quality? I tried it with one and found the quality to be noticeably worse when viewing it in Windows Media Player. Maybe I have the settings wrong?

    Any tips would be appreciated.

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    Can't you dump the files you don't need at the moment off to a CD- or DVD-ROM?
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    I have thought about that, but most of the files are over a gig in size, which makes them too big for a CD-ROM, and I don't have a DVD burner. I will probably get a DVD burner soon but wanted to see if there are other alternatives.

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    Putting your files through any form of lossy compression (which MPEG2 is) will result is a quality loss. No way round that I'm afraid. You could try winzipping them, which is a lossless compression, but I can't vouch for how much the AVI's will compress.
    Lloyd

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    Thanks for the info Lloyd. What I was hoping to hear was that there was a form of compression in which the filesize savings were huge but the difference wasn't noticeable - like what you get with WAV to MP3 compression for audio.

    I suppose another alternative would be saving them back to tape using DV-in, but I have had a bad experience where the tape got munched.

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