I’ve been messing around with various methods of creating videos for YouTube for about a year and a half now. I’ve had varying success, but I recently started taking recorded DVDs and putting clips on YouTube. And the process has been clumsy, until now.
Here’s my situation. I bought a video capture card three years ago, so I can play DVDs into my computer and record them to a digital format. I use Ulead VideoStudio, the software that came with the card. It works quite well. I can capture any audio/video that I give it, even live TV. And I can do some minor editing. But the resulting files are huge.
For example, I recorded a 2 minute story from the local news last night, and created a 117MB MPG file. The quality is great, but the file is just too large to work with. YouTube has a max file size of 100MB, but even so, such a file takes quite a while to upload.
I had searched off and on for the past couple years, and just never found the right solution, until last night. I found a program called SUPER (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer), and I found a video on YouTube that explains how to use it. SUPER is absolutely free, and it converts files from many formats to a smallish MP4 suitable for upload to YouTube.
I strongly recommend that you try it out. I used it last night to convert my 117MB MPG file to a 17MB MP4 file, perfect for uploading to YouTube. And the quality is great. You can even use it to convert videos that came from your digital camera.