AVI Video Compressors

AVI Video Compressors

This topic gives you recommendations of some common AVI Video Compressors that can be selected in DVMP Pro. Some AVI Video Compressors may already be present on your computer, and others from third-parties can be installed at a later date.


An AVI Video Compressor is used in Burn-in Time Stamp and Burn-in Metadata on the Tools menu (and in the Batch Processor) to produce the burned-in/stamped AVI output files. It only applies if you choose the AVI output file type in Tools > Options > Burn-in > Output. You can find out more details about how burn-in and time stamping works, and why an AVI Video Compressor is needed by reading the How Burn-in Works topic.


When it comes to the choice of AVI Video Compressor, there is a three way trade-off between picture quality, file size, and time taken to compress - it's an unavoidable principle of any type of video processing. DVMP Pro does not tie you into a particular AVI Video Compressor, so you are free to choose whatever AVI Video Compressor works best for your own particular requirements. You can choose from any AVI Video Compressor that is already present on your computer, or any from third-party suppliers that you might install later on.


For example, someone working in video production wanting utmost quality might choose "Uncompressed" (the default when DVMP Pro is installed) or more likely "Lagarith" to produce lossless quality burnt-in AVI files - this produces quality effectively the same as the original but with very large files (Lagarith less so). These large files are then used as inputs to their video editing program (giving top quality to begin editing with) or DVD authoring program. As these files are very large it is difficult or impossible to play them in real time on a PC without skipping or freezing due to the sheer amount of data that must pass through the system - but that's OK because that is not what they are intended for; they are intended as top quality inputs to editing programs, transcoders or DVD authoring programs.


Below is a list of third-party AVI Video Compressors that you might like to try out, together with a link to their web site (correct at the time of writing). The Cineform compressor in particular is highly recommended.


For some third-party AVI Video Compressors, you may be offered a choice of separate 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) versions to download - in that case you must always choose the 32-bit (x86) version (even if you are using a 64 bit version of Windows). A exclusively 64-bit version will not appear in the Tools > Options > Burn-in > Output > AVI Video Compressors list.


Remember to Restart your computer immediately after installing any third-party AVI Video Compressor, as some may not be recognized by Windows until it is restarted.



IMPORTANT: Third-party AVI video compressors are developed by other suppliers that have no connection with us, so we are unable to give any assurances as to their safety or freedom from viruses etc. When you install a third-party component the license is between the third-party supplier and yourself. As with all software, ensure that you only download it from their official web site, and virus scan anything that you download before you install it. Installation of any third-party software is entirely at your own risk!




Link to third-party web site


A popular lossless video compressor. Comparable quality to "Uncompressed" but with smaller output files.



Very fast, high quality, and produces reasonably sized output AVI files. Highly recommended, but it is only available if you install their free "Quik Desktop" software. After installation you will see two new compressors in DVMP Pro's AVI Video Compressor list, "GoPro-Cineform Codec" and "GoPro-Cineform Encoder (Multicore)" - try both but you will probably find that the Multicore is the faster of the two.



Compresses to MPEG4 video format



Compresses to MPEG4 video format. Only available as part of the "Divx Software" package. Ensure that its "Profile" property is set to "1080HD Profile", otherwise it may crash on some computers. Recommend you use Xvid instead if you need an MPEG4 compressor.



Compresses to AVC/H.264 video format



Commercial AVI video compressors (encoders) are also available from other suppliers such as PICVideo and Morgan which use the MJPEG compression scheme.


The "ffdshow tryouts" video decoder comes with an AVI video compressor that uses the MJPEG compression scheme. So if you have the "ffdshow tryouts" video decoder installed on your computer, you will also notice an ffdshow entry listed in the AVI Video Compressors. Unfortunately this ffdshow AVI video compressor is very unreliable and is not recommended.


You will also find several AVI video compressors already present on your PC that are included with Microsoft Windows. These are generally fairly old and produce poor quality results.


Before you choose an AVI video compressor, be sure to read the How Burn-in Works chapter which explains more about AVI Video Compressors and the factors that may affect your choice.


See Also:

How Burn-in Works

Time Stamping Video

Burning-in Metadata

Burn-in Time Stamp

Burn-in Metadata