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Video Encoding Advice?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:24 am
by MoD1982
A quick question for the forum, and if this is in the wrong place then I apologise - but I have used XSplit to record my gaming(the FRAPS codec doesn't agree with my computer for whatever reason) and got some nice footage in mp4 format. The videos were recorded in 1440x900; or 16:10 format.

I've uploaded videos from Twitch with no issue. However when I try to use Windows Movie Maker to edit my 2 hour long recording into 20 minute long bite-size episodes, it doesn't appear to have any file format in 16:10 - only 16:9 or 4:3 and both of which make the final result look bizarrely distorted.

So my question is this. Could anybody please recommend to me a program that's relatively easy to use, allows you to edit videos and publish in a resolution of your choosing(and not being limited to 7 or 8 default settings...) and hopefully cheap or better yet, free?

My gratitude in advance for any help or advice you might be able to offer me.

Re: Video Encoding Advice?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:03 am
by UltraMantis
Try this one: http://www.filecluster.com/Antivirus-Report/Gregion.html

One thing it is NOT, is easy to setup. But after some fiddling and testing you should be able to find a working setup. I use it with the xvid codec and edit in Virtualdub. But it supports a bunch of codecs (in my experience xvid is the easiest to install and setup) in addition to it's own format. It can resize on the fly, and compress on the fly (though i use VirtualDub for final compression) and generally records any DirectX/OpenGL output. No size restrictions, no time limits, nothing. Also completely free. It's a big of a CPU hog though, similar to fraps. The files it outputs are nowhere near the size though. I use it for my recording and have chosen it after trying some 20 alternatives. Only fraps can be favorably compared to it imo, but i dislike the huge files and, ofc Gregion is free.

But like i said, not very easy to get going. If you need help setting it up, drop me a PM.

Re: Video Encoding Advice?

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:10 pm
by MoD1982
Much appreciated, I'll take a look and report back shortly with my findings :) thank you!

Re: Video Encoding Advice?

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:43 am
by Liventer
Excuse me guys, but I also have a video encoding problem. It is MP4 MPEG4. I downloaded the video from youtube but it couldn't be played on VLC. So I download this video repair program (http://www.videoconverterfactory.com/tips/repair-mp4-file.html) as you can see. In the article it mentions that i can fix video by converting formats. I do not know how it work, but after I add my MP4 file into the program, it required me to choose a codec. There were 2 kinds of them, MPEG4 and H264, i do not know which one to choose. The original one is MPEG4, but it does not work. As for H264, i heard that it is a highly compressed one, so i am worrying that there might be some quality loss, is that true? How can i fix a video without changing codec?

Re: Video Encoding Advice?

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:25 am
by ThatDarnDarnston
MoD1982 wrote:A quick question for the forum, and if this is in the wrong place then I apologise - but I have used XSplit to record my gaming(the FRAPS codec doesn't agree with my computer for whatever reason) and got some nice footage in mp4 format. The videos were recorded in 1440x900; or 16:10 format.

I've uploaded videos from Twitch with no issue. However when I try to use Windows Movie Maker to edit my 2 hour long recording into 20 minute long bite-size episodes, it doesn't appear to have any file format in 16:10 - only 16:9 or 4:3 and both of which make the final result look bizarrely distorted.

So my question is this. Could anybody please recommend to me a program that's relatively easy to use, allows you to edit videos and publish in a resolution of your choosing(and not being limited to 7 or 8 default settings...) and hopefully cheap or better yet, free?

My gratitude in advance for any help or advice you might be able to offer me.


If you do record footage you should try and use 16:9 or 4:3 since they are the most common aspect ratios used for videos. If you do use 16:10 - then you should consider rescaling the video with additional letterboxing so it adhered to 16:9. Basically, start a 16:9 project, then import and (down)scale your 16:10 project by adding some letterboxes. Hope that made sense :-\

Re: Video Encoding Advice?

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 7:21 am
by Clyde
Great advice! Much appreciated.