Wondertwins wrote in post #10764588
I have that program but I converted it to AVI with default settings but the my AVI file size is exactly the same... Can you tell me the settings to use?
I'd advise you to convert and render the footage in editing software, you'll have much more flexibility with the final outcome even if you're not cutting anything together.
When you actually go to render your footage from the editing suite, you can alter how large you want the file.
For web viewing i'd advise you keep it to 720p, 1080 is overkill for almost everyone, a good delivery format is h.264, probably most handy is MP4.
The main variable for controlling the file size is the bitrate or 'datarate'. Measured in mbps/kbps, unsurprisingly its the amount of data being allocated per second. The lower the bitrate, the more compressed the data is, the smaller the file size.
For HD on the web, 6-8mbps is a good balance of quality and file size. I got my 8 minute film to look lovely at 125mb. You can go much lower, especially in standard definition.
You can also select VBR, or 'Variable Bitrate', this means depending on the frame the quality can vary as necessary for better quality/compression. Most codecs will allow you to define a minimum rate, a max rate and a target rate. There's also 2 level VBR which is even more picky, but this will increase render time compared to fixed rate.
Another way to chip a few bytes off is to have a play with the audio bitrate. For web you're not going to need more than 128kbps audio, a lot of presets for some reason like to set it to 320kbps audio which is unnecessary for web.