I am having a Shakespearean dilemma regarding videos from my DSLR.
Recently, I shot a 5 minute video with my DSLR. It was only while transferring the video to the desktop that I noted the size of the video file – it was a massive 1.2GB!!! As I had multiple videos from the same event, their total size was 6.8GB.
At this rate, I will definitely follow the BigData trend by surpassing the size of the 10 year photo collection, within six months of the DSLR purchase. The size is definitely a consideration as I also have the habit of making two backup copies of the photos.
Then I decided to convert the MOV video into a DVD PAL compatible MPEG video. While the frame dimensions have been reduced a bit, with the MPEG video frame size probably being about 1/2 the size of the original frame (I am guessing here as VLC player mentions that it is playing the MOV video at 1:1 resolution in full screen mode and I only have a 17-inch monitor, as compared to the MPEG video frame, which has a black border around the frame when played at 1:1 resolution on the same monitor). While there is definitely a loss of size, the MPEG video file size is 1/10th of the original. So the 1.2GB MOV video file is down to a 120MB MPEG video file.
Considering I usually play these videos on the computer screen (an at max, on a 32-inch TV), I believe the MPEG video size is acceptable. But I definitely need to play the converted video on the TV, before making this statement.
But, in terms of size, the MPEG video file size is definitely an improvement and much more manageable.
Initially, I converted the MOV into an MPEG2 video file, whose file size was the same as the DVD compatible MPEG video, but the frame size was comparable to the MOV video, thus resulting in some pixalation. Hence the DVD compatible video is more acceptable, even if it’s frame size is smaller. At least it’s quality is better.