Lets say you have a couple of avi video files on your computer. Maybe you ripped some DVDs or Blu-Ray discs, downloaded some -- legal of course -- from the Internet, converted other formats to avi, or got them from a friend who happens to have a large collection of movie and TV show videos on an external hard drive.
If you know want to watch the movie on a device with low capacity, you can either copy only some files to the device to avoid filling it up, or reduce the size of the avi video files to put more on it.
Or maybe, you want to make up room for additional files on your PC, but without deleting any of the existing files on it or moving them to another location.
Avi ReComp has been designed for that purpose. The free program makes use of several other programs, AviSynth, Xvid, and VirtualDubMod, which will all be installed alongside the main program.
The great thing about the program is that it requires virtually no configuration. All you need to do is pick a source avi file that you want to reduce in size, select where you want the new version to be saved to, and pick a new size for it.
The main problem that you will run into is to find an appropriate size for the new video. If you pick a size that is too small in size, you will end up with artifacts in the picture and maybe other issues.
The program warns you if you select an unrealistic size though. When I selected to turn the extended Gladiator release with a size of 2.3 Gigabyte to a 700 Megabyte file, it displayed a notification that I should reconsider, as the quality would suffer.
You can still go ahead though with the conversion if you want.
The program provides you with other means to deal with that. If you switch to additions, you can click on the resizing button to change the resolution of the video as well. Doing so will automatically reduce the size of the video file.
Other advanced options that you have here is to use the cropping tools to crop the image, enable or disable subtitles, the display of a logo, and to deal with black borders.
What is interesting about all those options is that you can preview the modifications that you made right away. You can check if black borders are still present, or if the resolution you selected works out fine for you.
Again, those settings are all optional and you can use the program without using them.
Last but not least, you can change audio conversion settings as well. Here you can reduce the bitrate for example, change the volume level, or reduce the sampling rate.
Once you have made all those changes, you click on queue and there on add to queue to add the video to the processing queue.
You can repeat the process for as many video files as you want before you hit start here. All selected items in the queue will then be processed one after the other by the application.
The queue offers a preview button as well which you can use to preview all changes that you have made to the video file.
The process itself takes a while, and the time it takes depends largely on the video that you have selected and the modifications that you want made.
Avi ReComp is a straightforward program for the Windows operating system that you can use to reduce the size of avi video files.
The preview feature is especially handy, as you can use it to make sure that the output video will exactly be as you want it to be.
Its main limitation is that it only supports the avi format, and no other video formats. A program like Freemake Video Converter can be used instead for that.
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