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Codec - compression decompression

Any video file, you compress then when you watch it the player is decompressing it. The trick with codecs is finding an efficient one, one that keeps the picture quality high while keeping the file size and bit-rate low. For example the "animation" codec is highly inefficent in most casses, the picture quality is great but the file size for a 30sec clip is around 300mb. However, apple's "H.264" codec is highly efficient.

So, back to your current question, you should be able to find out what codec your raw footage is, and what your timeline is set to.


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