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# 177645 10-Aug-2015 14:11
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Does anyone know how to edit video footage to a manageable size?

I’ve got a Macbook Pro (2013/2014) and we’ve used a go pro? camera to take some footage of my band playing live.

The 3 files I’ve downloaded from the camera are 2.5 gig to 3.2gig each – huge files!

I want to edit them down to individual songs so they are 3-4mb each so we can put them on the band website and Youtube.

Is there software on the Macbook that can do this or do I need to download something else?   Thanks in advance

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  # 1362114 10-Aug-2015 14:27
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iMovie should be able to do this for you and you should have it installed already!




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  # 1362115 10-Aug-2015 14:27
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Final Cut Pro is available for $399 in the itunes store, an absolute bargain if you already own an Apple computer. Sadly I don't. This will do everything you want and some more.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1362118 10-Aug-2015 14:33
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iMove is good if you can understand the new version ( I struggle) I bought a copy of iSkysoft video editor.

Also If you compress a 2GB file to 3-4MB to quality will be awful....

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  # 1362122 10-Aug-2015 14:38
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If you're putting on YouTube, then just embed it to the band website - unless you want to provide a downloadable version, even so, 4MB is quite small for a decent quality.

As for iMovie, you just want to split the track to multiple segments, so it should be sufficient to do the job.




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  # 1362135 10-Aug-2015 15:06
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thanks for the reply - I'll try i-movie

on my old compaq PC I downloaded a program that could split files up and compress them into smaller files without compromising on quality

in each file there are about 10 songs and I want to split the file into 10 individual files (each song) so I will see what I-movie can do

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  # 1362147 10-Aug-2015 15:13
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chiefie: If you're putting on YouTube, then just embed it to the band website

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  # 1362148 10-Aug-2015 15:13
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Another app that is work trying is Handbrake, but do it after you have finalise your editing and put through Handbrake to export MP4 version.




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chiefie: Another app that is work trying is Handbrake, but do it after you have finalise your editing and put through Handbrake to export MP4 version.


Yes depending on what you want your output to be there are things you can do.  If it's for web use then you could make it quite small resolution, but I still think linking from youtube would be the easiest.

You simply can't keep reducing the file size forever without some negative impact on quality.

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Mpeg Streamclip is free, works with most formats, and you can set in/out points so that you can export just a section of the video to the format you've chosen. If you have the right codecs installed then it'll do DivX, Xvid, H.264, and many, many others. I use that or Handbrake (also free) for file compression on my fanvids - I can usually get a 4 minute song down from around 1GB to about 50MB at good quality.

A paid option could be Premiere Pro Elements which is sub $200 (last time I looked) and is a non-destructive, non-linear video editor with many of the features of Premiere Pro. 




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  # 1381893 8-Sep-2015 17:00
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MPEG Streamclip hasn't been updated since 2008 though and has a few issue with current OS.

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  # 1383202 9-Sep-2015 09:13
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RunningMan: MPEG Streamclip hasn't been updated since 2008 though and has a few issue with current OS.


Still worth a try though :)




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