Zohar wrote:I have a couple of huge MTS files - they're about 4GB each and are 22 minutes long. I'd like to convert them to a smaller, more manageable size, and to paste them one after the other. What's a good format, and a reasonable piece of software I could use? Ideally free... I use Windows 10.
Thanks for any help!
You got Windows? Use Handbrake
, and convert into H264 / mkv files. That's the simplest solution.
For everyone else...
I've used ffmpeg
(or the winff
GUI at a push, on Windows but mostly stuck to the command line) to convert just-about-anything to just-about-anything, monolithically or ripping/replacing audio from a video, or vice-versa. Combined with Audacity, or similar, I've done much ad-hoc editing...
Powerful tool, sometimes a bit hard to get used to. I note that the winff page only claims Win8 top-end capability, so don't know if that's an oversight/stalled website curation or an actual technical issue.
(But I like VLC as well, though I've never used it to convert, just admired its diverse codec handling. What ffplay doesn't play and VLC doesn't play is pretty much not playable, and if it can be played and there's opportunity to rewrite it again, it can be written into another format.)
Might be worth double-checking against the formats supported
list, first, as I couldn't actually see MTS (or AVCHD) mentioned at a quick glance, but as it's free anyway
, you could just give it a try regardless.
The only issue is that IMO, FFMPeg is too hard to use for a non-developer. I prefer Handbrake because it uses libx264 directly, so you have more control over the minute parameters (placebo mode vs turbo mode for example). Basically, Handbrake is just a better GUI although it isn't FFMpeg based.
Otherwise, you're right, FFMPeg is a valid solution to this problem. (Although FFMpeg basically just grabs libx264 and then is a passthrough to it. So using libx264 directly is better IMO). FFMpeg has the advantage of being able to use other codecs however: VP9 is probably the best compression you're gonna get today but its going to take something like 10x longer to encode.
But I'd use FFMpeg for VP9.
Virtualdub works on AVI files best. You can get it to work on other files with FFMpeg plugins + avisynth files, but that's much much harder than just using Handbrake.
In any case, you're gonna have to be tinkering with a lot of plugins to get Virtualdub doing what you want it to do. I typically use Virtualdub as part of my video-workflow... but it isn't a tool I'd recommend to a beginner.
Its a great
tool, but not for the simple conversion job.