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How to Convert Your DSLR Film to an MP4

If you decide to export an uncompressed digital video file, it’s likely you'll need to send smaller files from time to time. Dedicated conversion programs convert video files in one format to make them viewable in another format. Convert your uncompressed file into an MP4 or transform an AVI to an FLV for embedding on a web page. Whatever you choose, this software does the work.

If an adequate program has to be both cheap and powerful, the free software MPEG Streamclip fills the bill on both accounts. Better encoding programs exist on the market, but they're not free, and this one handles multiple formats and sizes.

Because it's designed exclusively for exporting and encoding files to a number of formats, MPEG Streamclip lets you get the job done quickly. It includes some basic editing functions too, but other than setting ins and outs, you should use it for what it’s designed to do, and that’s encode your movie in the proper format.

MPEG Streamclip can play numerous file types as well as convert them to a wide range of encodes. It supports the following formats: MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD, VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T, MMV, REC, VID, AVR, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A, MP2, MPA, and AC3.

You can download it at www.squared5.com.

After installing and launching the application, you simply open the desired movie file and apply the appropriate setting for the desired format. To create an MP4 from an uncompressed movie, do the following:

  1. Open the desired file.

    Go to File→Open Files. Navigate to the file you wish to encode. Select it and click the Open button.

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  2. Decide if you want the entire clip, or just select a portion of it by setting in and out points.

    It’s found under the Edit menu. If selecting a portion, set the In and Out points, and go to Edit→Trim.

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  3. Pick the desired file format.

Go to File→Export to MPEG 4. When the dialog pops up, choose the appropriate settings. From the Compression drop-down list, select H.264. It’s also important to select the resolution. Will you need to export to full-frame size at 1920×1080? Or will a smaller file size suffice?

For your purposes, pretend the idea is to send the file to YouTube at the 1280×720 setting. Select the appropriate radio button under Frame Size. After all the selections are made, click the Make MP4 button, navigate to the desired folders for saving, and click OK. In a short time, you’ll have another version of your movie.

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