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How do you compress a video file?

by Mike Dang, on Oct 29, 2019 2:23:20 PM

How do I compress a video file? 

Well I would generally need to know what type of video file I’m working with and what I need to it become.  In general, the question would be why I would need to compress in the first place.  Is it because of hardware limitations where the editbay cannot handle certain file types or sizes?  Maybe it has to do with the limitation of the hardware’s storage and you cannot afford to take up all the precious space with files that may just engulf the drives and won’t even be used in the end.  With compression, it’s more the way the files will be transcoded than anything. 

When working with Adobe, Media Encoder was the go to program previously but this would take system resources from my workstation.  With our Promax Platform software, we would be able to set up transcode settings in the UI under the admin screen.  The server would be able to take the footage I have in a Platform Space and then transcode them to smaller manageable files to work in my editing application.

Pros

  • Smaller file size
  • Easier to work with in editing programs

Cons

  • Takes time to process larger files
  • CPU resource intensive on machine compressing
Topics:transcoding

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