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05-04-2007, 11:40 PM
hey guys. i didnt know where else to put this so i put it in the general discussion..im putting my reel together and im using premiere pro 2.0. im exporting the final movie in a quicktime format but does anyone have any advice on what settings and what compressors work best? this is going to be web-based. probably gonna have a streamed and a downloadable version. if anyone has any tips on what works best, that would be sweet. thanks in advance!
05-04-2007, 11:48 PM
for me it's :
Sorenson 3 ( medium quality ) for web streaming on my website :love:
Sorenson 3 ( highest quality ) for download
05-05-2007, 01:24 AM
sorenson is good cept it has a tendency to mess with the color
05-05-2007, 02:45 AM
Sorenson will also sometime drop frames to maintain a data rate.
H.264 (available in QT 7 Pro)offers much more compression for the quality, but takes a long time to compress.
Remember you need to compress your audio too. AAC is about the only good audio codec in Quicktime.
Experiment with many setting and see how the tradeoffs affect you rresults.
05-05-2007, 03:26 AM
Here's a nice thread on the topic http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=180825
Personally I was not too happy with any of the quicktime "web" friendly compressors. The best compressor was actually Riva FLV encoder (http://www.rivavx.com/?encoder). I got a 1.6gig file down to 23megs retaining the best quality and highest resolution out of the bunch. Take a look http://lildragon.cgsociety.org/gallery/. Way better than anything else I played with, also export only an uncompressed file from Premiere, both audio and video and use animation as it's lossless.
05-05-2007, 03:37 AM
i appreciate the quick help you guys have provided. i will look at sorenson 3 and see how it turns out. i am not TOO concerned with the audio quality since my reel is based on modeling. and i will definitely download that riva encoder and see what i can get out of it.
05-05-2007, 10:30 AM
H.264, 80% quality, a-pass (its already slow enough ;-))
05-05-2007, 04:41 PM
I'll certainly throw my hat in for h.264. It does take quite some time to compress, but the results are fantastic.
The only issue I find with h.264 is what it does with the red channel. While the video encoded in this codec scales up quite well, the red channel maintains blockiness. Try watching a video in 320x240 with red text in it. The red isn't pretty.
Otherwise, it is a very nice codec and streams very well.
05-10-2007, 11:57 AM
hmm i just noticed that premiere pro does have the H.264 compressor. is that any different from the quicktime pro?
05-10-2007, 11:57 AM
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