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Old September 10th, 2004, 08:55 AM   #1
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Broadcast quality & downloadable - HOW?

I'm looking for a quick assist on how to get broadcast quatlity video on a server for download then ftp for pickup and playback.

I need to swap video with someone for a dual site editing project, we can't both be in the same location at the same time but we have to work on the same project. I will film something and shoot the video to him, he will do the same back to me.

I know that DivX is a highly compressed format with very high quality but am curious to know the "how to's" on getting footage into that format and mind you I'm only talking about 3 minute to 4 minutes of footage at a time, not huge movies or anything.

Regardless, the 100 megs per minute of DV would be overkill, so any help on this would be a great help.

I have the server space and so does my partner, we're on the highest rated broadband avail 3m down and 512k up so 3 min files shouldn't be a major problem.

The other side of this, is there a way to edit DivX in Premier or Premier Pro by doing a format converion back to AVI or somthing?

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old September 10th, 2004, 09:09 AM   #2
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Where does the finished high-quality video have to end up?
If it's in one location, could you not send and edit on a compressed version and then create an EDL. One of you can then physically send the master tapes for the on-line edit. (Just one idea...)

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Old September 10th, 2004, 12:07 PM   #3
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regreatably the finished product will be picked up by a 3rd person...

tell you what ... is there a quick way to encode to a very compressed format that will still be broadcast quality (this will eventually be for tv media) that they can pull from our server?

we'll work on the dual edit situation apart from this????

I'm just not sure if DivX is the way to go, or it may be...
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Old September 10th, 2004, 07:00 PM   #4
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Miguel. What service provider provides 512 upstream!? Anyway, if it's just 3-4 minutes why not just keep them in .avi format. At those up/down speeds it shouldn't be that bad.

Can you not .zip them?
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Old September 10th, 2004, 08:57 PM   #5
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James,

My business class cablemodem has 3m down and 512 up... now honestly I didn't even think of zip, I picked up Dr. Divx for trial... I'm going to do a ghost of my editing machine then install it and do some testing... let me see what I can come up with and I'll post the results here...

Thanks guys...
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Old September 10th, 2004, 10:23 PM   #6
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Wow! That upstream speed is incredible. The last time I checked, which was a while back, business data rate was only at 250 or so. I'm going to have to check into that because I too have the need for fast uploads of huge, hi res files. Please do let us know how the zip works out. I haven't used .zip software before and didn't know if it would alter or corrupt the video files.
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Old September 11th, 2004, 10:12 AM   #7
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Honestly, if you're only dealing with 3-minute clips, I think you're OK for most broadband connections in any format. I know it's not an instant download, but I've done some short compression jobs from people posting either in uncompressed QuickTime (animation codec) or Avid DV.
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Old September 11th, 2004, 11:05 AM   #8
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Looks like Dr. Divx from Divx.com is going to be the way I'll go for now... I ran a 5 minute music video that was 939megs through it and using the basic mode on high quality it came back on the MP4 conversion at a little over 35 megs. The AVI was easily imported back into Premier Pro and I saw good quality footage that would easily be of use.

I'll fiddle with the settings a little over the next few days but for now I think that even in the "stupid user" mode without hitting any advanced options, this really helped me in a huge way.

Thanks guys...
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