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njlech
09-09-2002, 10:41 PM
Okay, I have a question for all you video gurus out there. I am going to be building a fairly large video training CD very soon, and I was wondering what is recommended for:

1. Screen Cam Video Software
2. Video Compression format that produces the best quality video with as little bulk as possible (QuickTime, Indeo, Cinepak, etc.)
3. Audio Compression that produces the best quality with as little bulk as possible (11.025 kHz, mono, 8-bit...22.05 kHz, stereo, 16-bit...etc.). Interleave video and audio by frames or milliseconds?

Also, I would like to know how I can reduce the size of a screen cam video from 800X600 down to half the size and keep the aspect ratio without distorting.

Right now, I am using a pretty decent freeware program called CamStudio.

I am not a video production expert. Most of my training is in help authoring systems. So, any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I would guess that Eric Darling might have a few good tips at least.

Thanks.

Bruce
09-09-2002, 11:56 PM
Good job Eric.

njlech
09-10-2002, 08:15 AM
Excellent assessment and good points, Eric!! It certainly looks like you have done your homework.

This makes it much easier for me to decide which direction to take this. It looks to me like MPEG-1 will be the best choice with the least headaches, given the various alternatives.

Thanks for the awesome tips! Much appreciated.

(BTW, is it just me, or is anyone else creeped out by the winking cat? just kidding, Bruce. /ubbthreads/images/icons/wink.gif )

eric_darling
09-10-2002, 08:27 AM
My pleasure... It wasn't so much homework as it has been time and grade. For that, there is no substitute. /ubbthreads/images/icons/laugh.gif