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Old July 11th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #1
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Newbie with the HF S20 VIXIA Question.

Ok i am a newbie here and love the HFS20 i just picked up 2 weeks ago, i went to B&H looking to get the HF S21 but they had none in stock so i took the S20, no biggie, my question is i am using a MAC BOOK PRO and i am working with IMOVIE 08, after doing my movie and editing them i export them to my desktop as a quicktime movie, i feel that after i upload the movies to YOUTUBE, they look crappy, what i mean by that is they don't look HD to me, am i doing something wrong? love this forum by the way, tons of knowledge here, i am recording in PF30 mode if that helps anyone, i will have FCP in a few weeks but don't mind messing with IMOVIE for now, as i said above i am a newbie to the HD DV world, have done Digital Photography for the last 10 years or so. Again thank you kindly.
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Old July 14th, 2010, 07:37 PM   #2
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Without any details regarding your QuickTime export, it is very difficult to figure out what's wrong. Since I have HF100 and often use iMovie to export for YouTube, I'll tell you what I do.

First, when transferring the video, I choose full HD (1080) resolution. It will take tons of space (about 80GB for 1hr of video), but that will keep the quality. After editing, I export to QuickTime. I choose MPEG-4 as format. File format is MP4, video format H.264, image size 1920x1080, data rate about 20Mbps (20,000kbps), under video options, I choose 'Best (multi-pass) encoding. For audio, I go for 256kbps and best encoding.

The file size of such video will be under the YouTube maximum (for up to 10 minutes). It might take a while to upload it (unless you have some 15Mbps fibre optic link), but the result should be as close to your raw Canon material as YouTube can get.
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Old July 14th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #3
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Thank you so much PREDRAG, i thought this site was dying out, you have helped me out a ton, i will now post a question for a good water proofed/housing for it as i am into a project and want to protect my lovely cam, again thanks a million times over.
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