March 28th, 2005, 11:23
I have a 6 minute dv grab from my camera. The file size is 1.5G . If I run dv2jpg it turns it into an .avi but puts the size to 2.5G. Kinda bug for 6 minutes, but the quality is great. *;o)

I want to compress this down to a reasonable downloadable size but cant get it figured out. I have played with mencoder and transcode but the syntax is killing me. I also tried dvdrip but I couldnt get anything to work, plus it is a GUI, which I dont like.

Anyone help me compress this thing??

March 28th, 2005, 16:39
An example of using mencoder:
mencoder [input] -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4 -o [output]

mencoder -ovc help
will list available codecs. Read the man page for options to use with that codec. I'm no video expert, but have read that there are various options you can pass that will change the quality/size and those options sometimes depend on the input type (i.e. anime compresses differently than others)

Good luck.

March 28th, 2005, 17:38

I have spent a lot of time looking at the man page. It is kinda helpful but I have to find someone that knows some tricks to it. Still reading....thanks.

March 29th, 2005, 17:32
On this topic how do you guys like vid editing with *BSD boxes? I have a bunch of av i'd like to compress and roll into divx or xvid, but I know nothing of doing this on *BSD. I'd like to take advantage of the lower overhead a command line compressor would have.

March 29th, 2005, 17:52
Here are a few links I have been reading. I am in the same boat as you....learning. Frisco has a pretty good grip on it.

http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/man/en/mplayer.1.html#GENERAL%20ENCODING%20OPTIONS%20(MEN CODER%20ONLY)