Video codecs and formats have become somewhat diversified and complicated in this fully digital, high-definition world. Different types of playback media require different types of video files, and cameras themselves operate on a host of different settings. Once you complete a video project, or even before you begin editing a video clip, you may need to convert the video from one format to another. Video files act autonomously, designed to work with one player or another or to work on an external device or storage system. Since there is no universal playback, you will often have to take files from one native format to another to work more efficiently for your post-production or exhibition needs. Here is a complete guide to video conversion, setting up articles from beginner issues all the way through specific software that you may want to turn to.
- Step by Step Video Compression Guide
- Video vs. Audio Compression
- Organizing Your Compression Projects
- Considering Video Compression When in Production
- Important Techniques for Video Compression
- Bringing Down the Overall HD Video Project Size
- Problems and Troubleshooting for Video Conversion
Video conversion is a software-dependent action that is set up by the type of programs you are working with. These programs are often a
part of a post-production package that works well with your video editing and DVD authoring software, or just free standing to help convert to specific formats for specific playback options. Some programs already have a pretty large name in the film and video post-production world, and others are hiding below the public consciousness just waiting to be discovered. Some are more general, and some are specific to the formats they are converting to, all having a slightly different workflow. Here is a look at different programs and how their video conversion and compression options work.
- The Top Free Video Compression Programs Available
- Free Video Conversion Software
- A Look Into Apple Compressor
- Compression and Conversion for Macs
- How to Use HandBrake for Conversion and Compression
- Converting With Blaze Media Pro
Specific Video Conversion Formats
More than anything, the conversion process is tied directly to the various formats you need and the type of viewing formats you are going to
turn to. The codec you are going to use if you are trying to sync a video to your iPhone is going to be a lot different than what is needed in a DVD authoring program. This is also different between various types of video playback files and how you may want to upload the video to the Internet. Here are several articles addressing the Internet-focused video compression and specific video formats that you may want to convert to, and how you will go about the process.
- Basics of Internet Compression
- What is Important in Web Video Compression
- Compressing for Your iPod
- Compressing for Your iPad
- QuickTime Video Compression
- High Quality DVD Compression
- Preparing for Blu-ray Disc Authoring
Once you have actually begun to work with video conversion, you are going to have to look at exactly where your exhibition needs are and what computing resources you have. Many types of conversion can take hours to complete and a sizable amount of computer power, not to mention storage space. If you are trying to author Blu-ray discs then you will have to use different material than you would for regular DVD authoring, and if you are going for mobile devices you will need to be different entirely. Once you actually figure out your needs you will be able to streamline your conversion process and eventually weed out a lot of excess. Formats change quite a bit as well, so you will need to be aware as your needs change and curtail your conversion process. As the formats progress, and the way people watch video changes, you will find that the programs and methods have to adapt as well.
- DVD Disc Image by Ambrozjo, via Stock.xchange, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1346284.
- Compressor Interface screenshot by author.