Ultimate video sharing format?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by idea_hamster, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    If someone is looking to edit together some video and put it on a CD or DVD and have it be viewable by the largest audience possible without difficulty -- including Asia, possibly Africa -- what format should s/he use?

    Ideally, this would be a format that I can get to using iMovie, Compressor, Handbrake, StreamClip, QTPro....
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    I dunno, Video DVD (MPEG-2 VOBs) is probably the most compatible, though you have to consider varying TV standards (PAL vs NTSC).

    In terms of codecs for viewing on a computer, MPEG-1 is probably the most widespread without any additional installations.
     
  3. idea_hamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    MPEG-1, huh? To be honest, I hadn't really thought of that, and don't have much (read: any) experience with it.

    Is that the same as making a VCD?

    It's less of a computer/TV question and more of a "take a random individual -- can s/he successfully access this video?" question.
     
  4. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    MPEG1 is the way to go for most compatibility. we use it at work for sending approval copies of edit. A lot of PC users will not have, or want to install QT, or even upgrade to a current version.
    I company will not install QT on PC unless the user has a good reason to use it, & i work for a TV station!

    Second best is FlashVideo, http://www.on2.com/ most people have flash installed & PC users seem happier to install/upgrade flash than QT.

    If you are making a DVD make it NTSC, Region Free. Then most people you send it to should be able to play it.
     
  5. idea_hamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting -- I hadn't really thought of flash either!

    That On2 looks like a good tool. Thanks. :)
     
  6. durruti macrumors regular

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    xvid

    i like the xvid codec. It's good quality for it's size, better than divx in my opinion...and i think it's free or something...

    Also, i like the fact that VLC plays them without additional ***** to jump through.

    oh yeah, .mp4 is pretty nice too. The one that you can use with Handbrake to backup DVDs.
     
  7. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    I'll second Flash, as long as you can get it to a reasonable enough quality. Only proviso I'd add is that it seems quite CPU-hungry - YouTube sets my MacBook fans on in just a couple of minutes - so may not be suitable if you're sending to developing countries in Africa with slower computers. YMMV.
     

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