Seeing How Video was Compressed

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by blaklaybul, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. blaklaybul macrumors regular

    blaklaybul

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    #1
    I have a bunch of .mov files that I compressed a while back.

    I've forgotten the setting for compression...is there any way that I can see these settings from the .mov files?

    Thanks
     
  2. tcgjeukens macrumors regular

    tcgjeukens

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    blaklaybul

    You will be able to retrieve a lot of information from the meta data that is linked to your MOV file.
    Depending on the application you use you will be able to reconstruct your encoding settings.

    Option 1: Use the "Movie Inspector" <Command-I> and "Movie Properties" <Command-J>.
    These screens will list information on:
    - Codec (audio & video)
    - Frame size & rate
    - Data rate
    Beware: QT does not always tell the truth! (but is right in thye majority of cases).

    To be 100% sure use option 2: Open the MOV file in FCP Compressor and check the media properties.
    - Extra detail will be available like GOP, upper/ lower field (interlaced material).

    Tip: if you convert files to MOV more often, do create a saved setting (possible in both QT and FCP Compressor).


    Coen
     
  3. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

    Flynnstone

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    What about a .mpeg file.

    I recently had a file in a mpeg format. Quicktime said it was not a movie file and wouldn't open it. I could view with winamp (old) on my pc (win2K).
    I also could covert it with VisualHub.
    Why wouldn't Quicktime know what it was?
     

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