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Old December 20th, 2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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iMovie to Azureus/ - need Newbie advice

I'm trying to support the sport of cyclocross in the U.S. (if you don't know what it is think: 1-2 mile zig-zag course laid out in a park/beach with yellow caution tape, raced for 30 - 60 min. on sort of a road bike with bigger tires, with barriers, steep run-ups, stairs, sand pits, mud, etc. – add rain, snow & wind if possible).

I shoot HD with Canon HV20. Got tired of blurry-choppy youtube and first checked out BitTorrent at Downloaded a Warren Miller 3 min. SD ski video at 36MB. Looked great. The "Share: Quicktime" menu in iMovie offers me a lot of possiblities in the Expert Settings. My 8 min 15 GB iMovie ended up as a 300MB Quicktime movie (H. 264,1280X720, best quality, Frame rate 30, deinterlaced). Playing this on my Mac (full screen) when the cyclists are moving left-right/right-left their bodies (and some background images) get chopped up into lots of horizontal lines. Don't see this at about 1/4 screen size.

Anyway, I uploaded this to I got an email when uploading was finished saying it was available for downloading. I downloaded it (190MB)
and the motion distortion is worse. So motion in the Warren Miller's 36MB SD video is sharp and motion in my 200 MB HD video sucks.

I don't expect a tutorial from the forum, but would like to get pointed to where I can get educated on how to go from iMovie to a quality video at I'm quite willing to buy/learn other software. Appreciate any advice. Bob

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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:11 PM   #2
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Hi Bob,

could you provide links to the example video? So we can be on the same page and quicker to help you.

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Old January 28th, 2009, 02:01 AM   #3
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Without seeing the video it's hard to say, but it sounds like an interlacing problem to me.
You could try using MPEGstreamclip for exporting to h.264, it's freeware and certainly does the job.

I presume the Warren Miller clip was probably encoded by a hardware/pro encoder and the fact it was probably originated on film, doesn't make it a great comparison for you. Maybe look for other clips that were shot with the HV20 as a benchmark?

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