View Full Version : what is the best codec for web video?

04 April 2005, 10:27 PM
and how do i encode it from afterFX? if there is an existing thread with this info let me know.. thanks. i want to encode a 320 by 240, 2 1/2 minute long movie, excellent visual quality, in something around 20 megs or less, with audio. i have done it before with divx but now i'm having problems getting divx to encode, it keeps saying the resolution isnt supported even though i have already got a movie i rendered with the same res (#*)R(#*%

04 April 2005, 11:28 PM
Use virtualdubmod (or virtual dub) in order to encode :


and use xvid for the codec :

1 ) render your video with a lossless codec (huffyuv, vble, uncompressed avi, al pary....)

2 ) reencode your video in virtual dub, it gives the best results

04 April 2005, 08:41 AM
Honestly, I would use quicktime for the web.

04 April 2005, 10:38 AM
sorenson looks a wee bit better than divx at the same res and as close to the same settings as i could get, so its all good. i just dont know if everyone has quicktime. but then most people who would be looking at 3d reels do i guess.

04 April 2005, 01:36 PM
yeah, I would make it a flash movie with sorenson squeeze, and just put a preloader on it.

04 April 2005, 03:47 AM

I was helping Papigiulio early with this. Check his thread. Actually you can use the exact same setting that I used in that project for your project. Mine was a 320x240, Highest Quality, 2.5 minutes with Audio and it came down to 14MB. This was for a montage with music videos, commercials and animations. You should be able to get a smaller size in MB. Make sure you get Sorenson Video 3 Pro Codec.

Plus, make sure you add Fast Start so that you can download while watching, like all the Quicktime Movie Trailers you see on at

04 April 2005, 04:34 PM
I use Sorenson Squeeze all the time for Flash video. Our clients love it. Maybe now that Adobe is buying Macromedia, and AE 7 is coming out soon, they'll be able to incorporate an AE render straight to Flash video.

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