Converting your videos

“Conversion” is a process of passing a movie through one of many software that will change the size – both the physical screen size and the file size – of your video. There is also another type of conversion that applies to DVDs – changing a video ready for American television for European or Asian television. The television type of conversion generally does not affect movies on the web (more later on this page).

Conversion Video Size and File Size

The online video converter included in Subtitle Your Video is fine for converting smaller videos, for example for use on YouTube or creating subtitles with the Subtitle Your Video.   Huge videos do not play well or convert well on the web.   That is why website video players are so small.   So, if your video is over 100 megabytes, compare your movie to the conversion settings below.  If your video does have similar settings to the below, your movie can be up to 200 megabytes. If your settings are not as described below, then your video is too large for the web and you need to convert.   This page helps you make your video smaller by converting to a size useful for the web and useful for creating subtitles.

After you create the settings, a summary in the video
conversion software may look something like this:

Before you start: Locate   video conversion software or use what you already have such as Adobe Flash, Quicktime converter, or almost any other converter – free or purchased.   Then, a video has 3 main elements that you will vary in order to make your video smaller in size:

1) Screen size (player window size) What is too large for the web is anything wider than 360 or higher than 340. So, if your video screen is larger than this, look for a setting to convert your video be no wider than 360 and no higher than 340. Movie heights and widths vary according to their layout so anywhere in this lower range is fine.   These settings sometimes are listed as “crop” or “resize”.

2) Video Resolution The video resolution is basically how many “dots” of color there are in each inch of movie. The more dots there are, the bigger the file size. On the web, it is not necessary to have as many dots as on television or in the movie theater. Especially just for creating and translating subtitles. So, by cutting the number of dots – cutting the resolution – you will cut the file size substantially. Video converters have a setting for Resolution – choose “Low”. Remember, you do not need to use this low resolution version as your final video for web or DVD, this version is just for preparing the subtitles.

3) Audio Quality Cutting the audio quality is a great way to cut the file size. For creating subtitles, it is necessary to hear the audio, but the quality of that audio does not need to be high. So, look for a setting to change from “stereo” audio to “mono”, and select the lowest audio number possible.