High Quality Video on Youtube

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ghanakidd, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. ghanakidd macrumors member

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    Okay,

    So, I'm trying to figure out how to squeeze out the very best video quality for posting content on Youtube and similar video sharing websites.

    Here's what I'm working with

    Software - Final Cut Express 2.0
    Camera - Canon ZR45 MiniDV
    Hardware - Macbook Pro 2ghz 2MB

    Anyone have any tips, tricks, or other kind of advice on this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    It really has nothing to do with the video you export, it has much more to do with the codec that YouTube, etc... uses. Unfortunately you can't set manual key frames and such like you can if you're exporting the video for your own server.

    In general, the less motion in your frames the better. I know that sound stupid, but don't add in motion titles and stuff. It will just make things look worse.

    And this title made me laugh a little bit... high quality + youtube = almost oxymoron.
     
  3. Peel macrumors 6502a

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    Hopefully now that YouTube is reencoding everything in H.264 (10,000 videos done now, rest to be done by fall) the quality should go up and motion artifacts won't be as much of a problem.
     
  4. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    To get the highest possible quality in YouTube, you should encode to Flash Video (FLV) at 352x288. Make it as high bitrate as possible while still staying under YouTube's limits (100MB, 10 minutes). I don't know of any reliable, free FLV encoders but maybe someone else does.

    To get the second-highest quality, encode in QuickTime Pro to MPEG4 Improved, 320x240, keyframe every 2-6 frames, 3500kbits/sec. If you don't have QuickTime Pro, use iSquint and set "TV Quality" at the highest quality.

    In QT Pro, check "Preserve aspect ratio using: Letterbox," if you're encoding something 16:9. Otherwise, for 4:3 material you don't have to bother.
     
  5. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    I prefer VuMe.com. Unlike YouTube, VuMe is in stereo. Also instead of 352x288 / 320x240, VuMe is 480x384.

    Here's an example: http://www.vume.com/videos/view/5129
     
  6. Igantius macrumors 65816

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    Best comment of the day :D :D :D
     
  7. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Visualhub?
     
  8. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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    VisualHub appears to cost $23.32.
     
  9. Alican macrumors regular

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    Are the original uploaded videos held on a separate server then?
     
  10. bozigle macrumors regular

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    I favor divx and stage6.
    Doesn't have as much viewing as youtube obviously but quality is much better so sharing video with fewer people might just be the solution
    ... you can alway put on both...

    bozigle
     
  11. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    I'll throw in my recommendation for Veoh. High quality video, and you can configure it so that your video will automatically be uploaded to YouTube when you upload to Veoh.

    Definitely worth a look.
     
  12. Rod Rod macrumors 68020

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