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Old 2008-02-08, 03:15   #1
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Smile Some suggestions - inc. video format

Hi all,

This is a great resource for fans of the featured artists to get good quality clips of their favorites. Well done!

I've managed to download some of the torrents, but others seem to have 1 seed but I get no downloading action at all - eg many of Sarah's & Sissel's files. Is there a policy to always seed these files - if not then an alternative is needed.

Would it be an option to also upload to somewhere like RapidShare. This also has its issues if you don't want to pay for the service as you have to wait for some time after downloading a big file to begin another. Also, they may delete the files if there is no downloading activity for a while.

What I really want to comment on is the use of the very large mpg format which gives file sizes at least twice as large as avi files. The quality is not really compromised by going to avi (Xvid or DivX or mp4). These are more efficient systems for encoding video. When I record HD shows I now routinely make the original mpgs into avi files with a resolution of 1280x720 which maintains most of the quality of 1920x1080 yet makes for much smaller file sizes.

I use the free program Auto Gordian Knot, the settings for which are very simple. In advanced settings choose the horizontal output resolution and the codec (Xvid or DivX) and an audio method (auto is easiest). In the opening screen choose either a target size or quality (I prefer a target size most of the time - about half the original mpg -even less is possible). Load a file and set it going. If avi files were uploaded rather than mpg the download times would be less and quality would not suffer.

I'll make a sample for you - just let me know what to do with the file to make it available.

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