Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Video Uploading Simplified

Uploading video does not have to be a difficult task. In fact, most video sites like YouTube and Vimeo make it pretty simple. If your footage is in HD and only a few minutes long export an uncompressed Quicktime movie from your timeline and upload that to YouTube or Vimeo. If your video is longer or the file size too large, than export the footage using the H.264 codec and restrict the bits per second to get the file down to a more manageable size.

When we're dealing with DV footage that is 16x9 we use the following settings:
H.264 codec
854x480 pixels
Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square
Restrict Data Rate to 4000kbps or 4Mbps
Keep the current Frame Rate
Audio 44.1 kHz
AAC Stereo

That takes care of DV's pesky rectangular pixels.