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Which compression do you use?


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When compessing a movie project 10 mins or less for the likes of YouTube or I-Film, I have usually gone for SHARE/QUICKTIME

Then from E-MAIL, WEB, WEB STREAMING, CD ROM, FULL QUALITY and EXPERT SETTINGS have chosen 'WEB' as I know where I stand with this.

I have been tempted to try Full Quaity for obvious reasons but the first time I tried it, it took so long to compress (over an hour) that I gave up and cancelled before the job was done, but even if I'd had the patience or done it overnight as I slept - would better quality mean that it would take considerably longer for friends, family and public to download from the web?

...And what is the difference betwenn web and web 'streaming', would I be better off using the latter?

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Choose "expert settings"

fiddle with the quality settings

make sure size is 320x240 using the H264 codec, and yes web streaming should be ticked.
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^ I tried that but it didn't make any difference when I played back the Quicktime film from i-movies after.

Please help, need a good quality version of this on the net asap.

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I always use H.264 @ 700Kbps & 128Kbps Audio. The size depends on what it's gonna be used for (320 for YouTube, 720 for iPod/desktop etc.)

That should give you good quality without huge file sizes (and be pretty snappy on a MBP).

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But how do I choose the file size?

My only options are the options stated in the second paragraph of my opening post, and I am told what the file size will be according to which choice I highlight.

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They said it up there, but let me put it this way, it's easy to misunderstand,

Share>>Quicktime>>Expert Settings

From there, choose the file extension type, and the click the 'Options' button.

Now you will see several options and tabs for video and audio quality and frame sizes.

Now use the settings they describe above.

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You can't choose a file size. You have to fiddle with the settings to get to the size you want. However, small size means worse looking video.
One thing to note is Youtube does a lot of compression itself, so even if your video looks OK on your computer, it will look worse on youtube.
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Yes always upload files to youtube as close to their maximum allowed (100 meg) to retain as much quality as possible.
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One thing to note is Youtube does a lot of compression itself, so even if your video looks OK on your computer, it will look worse on youtube.
Speaking of that, do you perhaps know why? I ask only because there is obviously some poor quality video on youtube, but there is also some pretty high quality video on there that looks like it would have to be much larger than the file size allowed.
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