Compress Movie to H.264 with VirtualDub Alternative

Diana Joan

Sep 27, 2016 07:44 am / Posted by Diana Joan

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"I want to compress my movies with VirtualDub, I have the latest version. FYI, VLC and combined community codec pack(CCP) and also installed, both the latest. So, I I start VirtualDub, open the video compression option, choose ffdshow video codec. However, upon configuration, I could not find h264/avc option. It should have h264 option, shouldn't it? What went wrong here? Any suggestion would be very appreciated.Thanks!"

Solution: To encode H.264 codec with VirtualDub, you will need to install x264 VFW Codec, which is the Vfw (Video for Windows) version of well known x264 encoder + ffh264 decoder (from FFmpeg/Libav project).

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Simple VirtualDub alternative to compress video to H.264

For people who does not have video background, you may feel helpless to compress video to H.264 with VirtualDub due to the complicated operating process. Why not find a simple VirtualDub alternative to complete the job for you. Most people recommend to use Handbrake to encode H.264 codec, however, you may find that there are few profiles dedicated to HD formats built-in Handbrake, in addition, the soft captions may not working. If you are looking for a more advanced solution, just have a try at Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (best video converter review), the program can comprehensive encode virtually any 4K/2K/HD/SD file formats (including MXF, Prores, XAVC/XAVC S, H.265/HECV) to H.264 in the following different file types to satisfy different usage:
H.264 Base Profile Video: Which is compatible with most smartphones and tablets, including older mobiles.
H.264 Main Profile Video: Which is good for more modern smartphones and tablets.
H.264 High Profile Video: Which is best for big screens with a good decoder.
H.264 HD MP4: Which is ideal for enjoying 720p movies or video on most smartphones or tablets
H.264 HD MOV: Which is ideal for viewing 1080p movies with QuickTime player on Apple devices.

Adjust H.264 profile settings

If you are not satisfy with the output video effect, you can flexibly adjust the output video profile setting such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, resolution or audio codec, bit rate, sample rate or channels to get the best playback, editing or sharing settings.

Step by Step to Compress Video to H.264 with VirtualDub Alternative

Step 1: Input source video into the program.

Launch the program on your computer, click "File" menu and select "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to import source videos to the application.

Step 2: Output H.264 file formats.

Click "Format" bar, from its drop-down options, select one of your favored H.264 file types according to your own needs. Here, we choose "H.264 High Profile Video(*.mp4)" under "Common Video" main category for viewing produced video on big screens with a good decoder.

Step 3: Adjust output profile settings.

Click "Settings" on the main interface to open the "Profile Settings" window, here you can adjust the output video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels to let them fit them your final devices or programs.

Step 4:Start final video encoding process.

After all setting is completed, go back to the main interface, hit right-bottom "Convert" button to encode video to H.264 profile in your desired file types.

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