iMovie 09 - Best format for exporting video?

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  1. DjStiky macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    What would be the best format to export video in iMovie 09 using quicktime when the source is NTSC DV format?
    Something that wont take as much space as DV AVI, but still looks very good.

    Thanks.
     
  2. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

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    If you have the patience to wait for it to encode, H.264 is probably the best output option. You can mess around with the export setting to get a bitrate that balances file size with quality.

    If you have a slower Mac, try just generic MPEG-4. You'll sacrifice some quality but the export process will be much quicker.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Spot on. :cool:
     
  4. xilni macrumors member

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    What's an ideal bit rate/resolution for most video hosting sites?
     
  5. SoybeanStasher macrumors regular

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    vimeo.com recommends 5000kbps for 720p (1280x720) video you upload to their site, and that's worked pretty well for me.
     

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