View Full Version : Best way to save 100s of .AVI files on CD?

08-10-2006, 11:32 PM
I have a nasty addiction in collecting anime series; some titles can reach up to 300 episodes at 170MB each in AVI format. This means I canít keep them saved on my PC Ďcause itís filling up my disk space and now I have to save them on CDs.

A single CD wonít hold more than 3 of these AVI videos, so Iím not ready to burn 1000 CDs nor delete them and was wondering: is there a better way to store my AVI files? One option I thought of was changing their format from AVI to something less large, for example RM format.

Iím aware that this will degrade the quality of the videos as it takes the files size down to 30MB. Convenient for less required space, but still Iíd like to hear any suggestions (if any) on perhaps better methods at storing my videos. Is there an alternative format that is better than AVI or RM for example? What would you do in my case?


08-10-2006, 11:40 PM
Well the only three things I can think of is

1) Compress to smaller size and quality
2) Put it on 50 DVD's
3) Or buy an external hard drive (or an extra hard drive for that matter).

Anyways, that's my three ideas.

08-11-2006, 12:26 AM
RealMedia format is not a good idea.

What format are they currently encoded in? If it isn't DivX or Xvid, you might be able to make them smaller by transcoding them to Xvid. Long are the episodes? half an hour?

But in the end I think Aradon's solution of another hard drive, external or otherwise is the best idea.

08-11-2006, 12:27 AM
External HardDrive
Blue Ray

Being an anime fan myself, I know quality is important. Don't degrade it.

08-12-2006, 07:30 AM
I have never seen a downgrade in quality from AVI to RM, Ive actually seen RM's wayyyyy smaller file size, to have better quality, with anime anyways... I actually took the time to burn off over 300 CD's with anime episodes, took a full day.

My suggestion, burn to dvds, or buy a huge hard drive, which was said above... im thinking blu-ray would cost a bit more than your willing to spend, although it can hold a buttload.