How do I get good quality uploading an iMovie video onto YouTube?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MK25toLife, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. MK25toLife macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007
    I have tried uploading directly from iMovie to YouTube using the preset and it looks absolutely horrendous. I have also tried exporting into NTSC quality and the "large" preset and they both still look terrible.

    The video I am using is imported DV from a Sony Handycam, it's not that great of camcorder but when I watched the videos on my TV it looked fine. It's real simple video too, just video of my friend talking. What is the root of this problem and how can I fix it?
  2. Mx356 macrumors member


    Oct 13, 2008
    I found these settings to be the best for me:

    Compression: H.264
    Frame Rate: Current FPS
    Key Frames: Every 24 Frames
    Data Rate: Restrict to atleast 2,000 ... I usually do around 6,000
    Quality: High
    Encoding: Best Quality
    Size: HD 1280x720 16:9

    Try that and see what that works. Its going to be longer export times and longer upload times but its worth it.

    Here's a video I uploaded with those settings:
  3. MK25toLife thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007
  4. macmommainks macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2008
    wow that example looks awful!! LOL! He was wanting good quality!
  5. vohdoun macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2006
    Far away from Earth.

    I hope that was sarcasm.
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Why on earth are you exporting at 720p for a YouTube video?

    EDIT: Didn't realise YouTube had HD options now..

    Still, the original YouTube (non HD) quality is pretty dreadful though.
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    I second these settings.

    Maybe you should try clicking "Watch in HD."

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