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My friend recorded some videos on his camcorder, and the one I want to convert is 1.66gb, 1440x1080, 6 audio channels. I want to shrink this down to something like 480x360, and 2 audio channels... or anything small enough that I can upload it to facebook/youtube. I also want to crop out a section of it.

I tried ffmpeg, winff, 'any video converter', virtualdub, and picasa. ffmpeg and winff really don't like the 6 audio channels, and throw weird errors when I try slicing the video, 'any video converter' did convert the movie but de-synced the audio, virtualdub refuses to open the file (bad file format), and ... well picasa has to crop functionality, but can't crop it until i convert it (plus, I haven't the slightest clue where it outputs the files to).

There are about 18 billion video converters out there when I search, and they all have free downloads... but which ones will (a) actually convert my file into a usable format, and (b) not install spamware/only convert the 10 seconds, or something else stupid?

I'm running windows 7.

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Give MediaCoder a shot. It should do what you want with a few clicks.

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hahaha..that site is one of the most unnavigable sites i've seen.. downloads > get media coder > edition > version > mirror... should have been one click from the homepage :p but oh well, i'll give this a shot. –  Mark Sep 28 '10 at 23:00
    
nope...this one failed too. first time i tried the video ran at half the speed it should have, and the audio was out of sync, second time it just threw an error. –  Mark Sep 28 '10 at 23:27

I'm using the heck out of HandBrake. It's my favorite by far. it will convert MTS.

I'm running Win8 /8.1 now. Used it all the time in 7 as well.

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