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Okay, I've got a video that I'm trying to upload but both myspace and youtube won't upload it (I think it has something to do with the format of the video) so can anyone tell me a way to re-format it or something so that I CAN upload it?


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for YouTube (regular accounts) your video must be:

less than 100MB

less than 10 min.



they recommend MPEG-4 AVI (XVid/DivX) at a 320x240 resolution.


as Sparq said, VirtualDub will do the trick. you can get the latest stable Windows version here.


i have had problems with .MPG files (MPEG-2) and VirtualDub. with those I use Adobe Premiere, which usually works.


there's also AutoGordianKnot, which should handle the files, but I haven't really bothered to use it.


also, for conversions you may need the XVid codec installed.

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Okay, right now the file is in .thm format and the like Shiri gave me doesn't support re-formatting it. stupid technology!


edit: I'm trying VirtualDub but I can't figure it out exactally. where would I go to save it under a different format?

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Can't say I've used .thm, but with my version it goes basically as follows, once you've opened the file in VirtualDub.


Under Video, click Compression... to choose your compression type. Then under File, click Save as AVI... to convert and compress.


It may take some playing around or a more knowledgable user to tell you. I hadn't used it until a few weeks ago, and I'm kinda self-taught. Flying blind, you might say.

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hm... from what i've read, .thm is just a video thumbnail thing- like a link with a picture and perhaps some metadata.


usually these files are accompanied by .avi files with the same name. this is because the most common usage of .thm files is on video cameras where an .avi file is saved and a .thm file is generated to link to it.


anyway... in VirtualDub:

go to video...compression

scroll down the left menu and select XviD MPEG-4

for default settings, just click "OK"

(to tweak/optimize the bitrate, do the following instead:

click configure

by "target bitrate" click calc

by "target size" enter your desired target size

under the "video" division, enter the length of the video

click OK.)

you probably want to change the size for YouTube (320x240). to do this, go into filters.

click add

scroll down the list and select resize...OK

enter the "new width" and "new height" (320, 240, respectively)

click OK...OK

then file... save as AVI

...wait for the finished product.


also, if you're ever unsure about a file's codecs, i recommend GSpot.

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hm... from what i've read, .thm is just a video thumbnail thing- like a link with a picture and perhaps some metadata.

Now that you mention it, my camera does generate .THMs to go with the .AVI video files. I just disregarded them assuming they were the thumbnail for the camera's navigation system. Apparently I was right.

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According to fileext.com, THM files can be:


Olympus Digital Image Thumbnail

Clipart Gallery Database

Canon G3 Digital Camera Thumbnail

OpenOffice.org 1.1.x Configuration File

Serif DrawPlus Theme

Sony Ericsson Theme File

Thumbnail Bitmap Image

Video Thumbnail File



...Doesn't sound like you've got a video there. What's the file size?

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I see no option for XviD MPEG-4 is there another conversion that'd work well? (I need to learn this stuff better)

you probably don't have the codec installed, i'm guessing. here it is.


after installing that, it should show up on the list.


though you could use any MPEG-4 type... but DivX is the only other one i can think of.


as for the ongoing .thm problems... you could always make a copy of the file and rename the copy with a .avi extension-- see if that does anything. make sure you do this with a copy though, because it could corrupt the file. you might be able to fool windows into treating it the right way.


or just cull the hard drive for .avi files and see if the video you're looking for happens to be somewhere else. don't forget to "show hidden files."

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