My kids record a lot of TV programs on our Windows Media Center PC. The programs are recorded in DVR-MS format. One hour is usually about 3 gigs. I bought this program hoping that it would be the solution for converting the DVR-MS files to AVI - which I hoped would result in a significant space savings. It would be a misnomer to say the program works. It does convert a 3GB DVR-MS one hour show to a 2GB AVI file, but the quality is way to poor to watch. Bottom line - it shrinks the file only by 30% or so and the converted file is too low quality to watch. I guess I'll try Powercompress next, but there aren't too many options for converting DVR-MS to AVI yet. I can NOT recommend this program if you're looking for a solution to convert DVR-MS files.
Price: Free Trial ($49.95)
The software developer responded to this review on Nov 23, 2005:
AVI files use compressors to reduce file size. Selecting a different AVI compressor would have allowed to reduce the file size significantly. I should also point out that converting to other formats such as Windows Media Video gives good quality at extremely small file sizes and is fast becoming the most popular choice for e-mailing video content, posting videos on a website, and as a format for permanent storage on a PC for later viewing.
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