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Reduce mp4 video to smaller file?

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Phil Rhodes

#1
I have an 8 minute mp4 video, which is 130 MB, that I want to make smaller,
and I don't care if the video image is smaller, so that I can email the
video and the reciever can play it on Windows Media Player. I receive videos
from friends, and when I play them in Windows Media Player, the video is
small, so I know there is a way... Also on YouTube the video is small, and
some of them run 9 minutes or so, but how is it done?
 
J

John Inzer

#2
Phil Rhodes wrote:

> I have an 8 minute mp4 video, which is 130 MB, that I want to make
> smaller, and I don't care if the video image is smaller, so that I
> can email the video and the reciever can play it on Windows Media
> Player. I receive videos from friends, and when I play them in
> Windows Media Player, the video is small, so I know there is a way...
> Also on YouTube the video is small, and some of them run 9 minutes or
> so, but how is it done?
========================================
An alternative to e-mail would be to upload the file to
the following site and send your recipients the download link.

"SendSpace"
http://www.sendspace.com/

And...here's something you could try.

Import the file into Movie Maker...if it won't import...rename
it from .mp4 to .mpg and try to import it. If it makes it...drag
it to the timeline and Publish it for e-mail and the file size
will be reduced drastically.

In the following article see the section : 'To send a movie as
an e-mail attachment in an e-mail message'

Windows Vista -
Publish a movie in
Windows Movie Maker
http://tinyurl.com/2lo4gp
or...
http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/4ea4b6cd-0cfe-4d02-8122-16c28828cdf21033.mspx

--

J. Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience

Notice
This is not tech support
I am a volunteer

Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

Proceed at your own risk
 
P

Phil Rhodes

#3
Thanks, John, it seems to work - I had to convert the mp4 to mpg using WinFF
and then export the movie with Windows Movie Maker - the process reduced the
movie from 130 MB to less than 3 MB, but though the view in the player is
small, it works!

"John Inzer" <oobie@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:uWiACs1NKHA.4580@newsgroup

> Phil Rhodes wrote:

>> I have an 8 minute mp4 video, which is 130 MB, that I want to make
>> smaller, and I don't care if the video image is smaller, so that I
>> can email the video and the reciever can play it on Windows Media
>> Player. I receive videos from friends, and when I play them in
>> Windows Media Player, the video is small, so I know there is a way...
>> Also on YouTube the video is small, and some of them run 9 minutes or
>> so, but how is it done?
> ========================================
> An alternative to e-mail would be to upload the file to
> the following site and send your recipients the download link.
>
> "SendSpace"
> http://www.sendspace.com/
>
> And...here's something you could try.
>
> Import the file into Movie Maker...if it won't import...rename
> it from .mp4 to .mpg and try to import it. If it makes it...drag
> it to the timeline and Publish it for e-mail and the file size
> will be reduced drastically.
>
> In the following article see the section : 'To send a movie as
> an e-mail attachment in an e-mail message'
>
> Windows Vista -
> Publish a movie in
> Windows Movie Maker
> http://tinyurl.com/2lo4gp
> or...
> http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/4ea4b6cd-0cfe-4d02-8122-16c28828cdf21033.mspx
>
> --
>
> J. Inzer MS-MVP
> Digital Media Experience
>
> Notice
> This is not tech support
> I am a volunteer
>
> Solutions that work for
> me may not work for you
>
> Proceed at your own risk
>
 
P

Phil Rhodes

#4
Well, the first 3 MB movie had a stoppage after a minute and a half - so I
cropped that part out in Windows Movie Maker and the rest of the film totals
over 7 MB but it appears to work. Thanks again, John


"Phil Rhodes" <pe.rhodes@newsgroup> wrote in message
news:uaLvCz7NKHA.5084@newsgroup

> Thanks, John, it seems to work - I had to convert the mp4 to mpg using
> WinFF and then export the movie with Windows Movie Maker - the process
> reduced the movie from 130 MB to less than 3 MB, but though the view in
> the player is small, it works!
>
> "John Inzer" <oobie@newsgroup> wrote in message
> news:uWiACs1NKHA.4580@newsgroup

>> Phil Rhodes wrote:

>>> I have an 8 minute mp4 video, which is 130 MB, that I want to make
>>> smaller, and I don't care if the video image is smaller, so that I
>>> can email the video and the reciever can play it on Windows Media
>>> Player. I receive videos from friends, and when I play them in
>>> Windows Media Player, the video is small, so I know there is a way...
>>> Also on YouTube the video is small, and some of them run 9 minutes or
>>> so, but how is it done?
>> ========================================
>> An alternative to e-mail would be to upload the file to
>> the following site and send your recipients the download link.
>>
>> "SendSpace"
>> http://www.sendspace.com/
>>
>> And...here's something you could try.
>>
>> Import the file into Movie Maker...if it won't import...rename
>> it from .mp4 to .mpg and try to import it. If it makes it...drag
>> it to the timeline and Publish it for e-mail and the file size
>> will be reduced drastically.
>>
>> In the following article see the section : 'To send a movie as
>> an e-mail attachment in an e-mail message'
>>
>> Windows Vista -
>> Publish a movie in
>> Windows Movie Maker
>> http://tinyurl.com/2lo4gp
>> or...
>> http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/4ea4b6cd-0cfe-4d02-8122-16c28828cdf21033.mspx
>>
>> --
>>
>> J. Inzer MS-MVP
>> Digital Media Experience
>>
>> Notice
>> This is not tech support
>> I am a volunteer
>>
>> Solutions that work for
>> me may not work for you
>>
>> Proceed at your own risk
>>
>
 
J

John Inzer

#5
Phil Rhodes wrote:

> Well, the first 3 MB movie had a stoppage after a minute and a half -
> so I cropped that part out in Windows Movie Maker and the rest of the
> film totals over 7 MB but it appears to work. Thanks again, John
==========================================
You're welcome. Thanks for the update.

If you could not import the .mp4 after renaming to .mpg...
I think I would have suggested converting to .avi with the
following software:

Pazera Free MOV to AVI Converter
http://www.pazera-software.com/products/mov-to-avi-converter/
(click the Blue download button not the Red one)

The name of file you want to download is:
"Pazera_Free_MOV_to_AVI_Converter.zip"

After downloading...unzip and open the program...
(no installation required)

Drag/Drop one or more .mp4 files...

Choose an Output Directory...

Select...AVI - Video Codec - WMV version 1 (WMP 7)...

Convert...(the button is on the upper toolbar)

When the file is converted...you can edit it in Windows
Movie Maker. Just open Movie Maker and go to...File /
Import into Collections and browse to your converted file.

--

J. Inzer MS-MVP
Digital Media Experience

Notice
This is not tech support
I am a volunteer

Solutions that work for
me may not work for you

Proceed at your own risk