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Old October 21st, 2011, 07:20 AM   #1
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Exporting to Vimeo

Would it be possible to get an Ann & Barry account of the best workflow to achieve top HD quality, when exporting to Vimeo.

As well as advising on settings to use, would people might advising what tends to happen if I go higher and lower on these settings, as I'd love to learn the in's & out's of all the different options available.

I'm shooting from a 5D MK II, and I transcode all native files to ProRes422 using MPEG Streamline, which I import fine into FCP7. Is there a better setting to use than ProRes422 in terms of quality, or is it just a case of compression size?

Once timeline is complete, I export to compressor. I realise, there is an alternative option of exporting as a quicktime move, so not sure which is best option?.

My current Vimeo settings are at home, so will update post with these late, and it would be great if people could advise where i'm going wrong.

Is there further quality lost on the Vimeo side, and is there anyway of avoiding this?

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Old October 21st, 2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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Re: Exporting to Vimeo

Joe, if you use compressor to encode H.264 file 720p24/25/30 with a bitrate about 5 mbps, it will not be recompressed by Vimeo.

See here:
Compression guidelines on Vimeo
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 08:50 AM   #3
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Re: Exporting to Vimeo

Just use Vimeo's own recomendations Compression guidelines on Vimeo Basically use H.264 MPEG4 1920x1280 5Mbps

Vimeo will always recompress but using H.264 there is little or no loss of quality.
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 11:54 AM   #4
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Re: Exporting to Vimeo

I use the settings Nigel mentions. I export to a self contained file for 3 reasons:
I can keep editing.
I can generate multiple output formats as needed
FCP need not be up to compress
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