QT Export Settings

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by surfmadison, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. surfmadison macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008
    I need to create a bunch of FLV's. However, my videos are 1 hour to 2.5 hours in length, so encoding on my MBP is out of the question for two reasons. The extreme time it takes, 8-10 hours for 2.5 hour video and the fact that I am getting some audio sync problems.

    So I thought I would use encoding.com. Basically, they use cloud computing to encode for you. The issue I have, is that I need to upload via FTP a .mov file. But, I don't want to upload a 10 GB file.

    I have been trying different settings, but there are so many settings, that it could take me weeks to figure it out. I think my first big question is what Compression Type to use??? H.264, DV/DVCPRO-NTSC.

    My video is shot on a Canon GL2, standard def, digital video 720x480.
  2. Exman macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2008
    Use H.264 (MPEG4-part 10) and aac, they are the most efficient. It doesn't matter if you put it in an MOV or MP4 container.
  3. RatVega macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Southern California
    H.264 should be your weapon of choice. It is well supported by Apple and (according to an Adobe white paper) will be the successor to Flash in the future. It has been said that H.264 is twice the quality of MPEG-4 (at the same file size) or half the file size (at the same quality) so start with the framesize you need and half the quality you think you need.

    Remember that framerate and framesize have a big influence on the final file size. I get so-so quality on 720x480/29.97fps at 7.7MB/min but can get beautiful 320x240/29.97fps at about 2.2MB/min and it looks really good when played back at 2X size. Dropping your framerate (if practical) would reduce the size even more.

    Good Luck.
  4. surfmadison thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008
    Wow H.264 encoding is fast

    Thanks guys. Darn if that H.264 encoding isn't fast and tight. I had been using On2's VP6 (sucks) export from FCP, and it took hours and hours. I just did a one hour video in H.264 in under two hours on my MBP. I set it at 320x240 with ACC audio and the file size is even nice and small at 118 MB.

    Now I just have to get my custom flash player to play the thing.

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