Whatever operating system you use on your computer, it comes with software that can compress video files from 1GB to 700MB. Windows 7 has Movie Maker 2011, while Mac OS X has iMovie and Linux has FFMpeg as well as a variety of other options for file conversion and compression. Compressing an AVI file to this size allows you to put the entire file onto a CD-R so you can access and watch it on any computer.
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Click the Windows orb and click "Windows Movie Maker." Click the option in the left column to "Import movie." Navigate to your movie in the file browser, and then click it and push the "OK" button.
Make any adjustments or edits you want to make to the file. Windows Movie Maker and iMovie allow you to make edits like adding music, removing portions or adjusting audio or video tracks. FFMpeg doesn't.
Click on the "File" menu and click the "Save Movie File" option in Windows Movie Maker. When the window comes up with the save options, select where you want to save your movie file and under "Movie Settings" tick the circle labelled "Best fit to file size." Enter "700" in the first box and change the second box to "MB." Push the "Next" button and let it compress the AVI file.
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