For all you PC guru's what are you using to convert digi video's to a semi viewable stream.?.
Currently I am just using the software provided with my video camera (Imax by Sony) to capture the raw video, then I use Windows Encoder to convert/compress it from a .AVI to a .WMV.
But here lies the problem. Example: The raw feed for like 2:30 of video is about 100meg, when converted to say VHS quality I can get it down to about 5meg... But it really looks like crap. If I convert it to say DVD quality 2:30 minutes is about 30meg...
What do people use to convert like 15 minutes of video to an actually viewable file under 30 megs with music.?.
Here is a example of my latest ventures: (file is about 5meg, 2:31 seconds) http://jaredsjunk.com/bud/Gap1.wmv <---(Video from over the 4th at Deals Gap, a rear mount on my SV)
I generally use DivX (Free ver) and encode the video into an AVI with fairly decent compression using VirtualDub (Free, opensource). That puts the cost at $0 for you, without crossing that 'legality' line.