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Old January 29th, 2008, 03:00 PM   #1
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Compressing 30-minute videos for Web

Need help with using the right compression settings to put 27-30-minute videos on the Web. I have Autodesk Cleaner, which provides a plethora of possible settings combinations. Despite many attempts to get the 'right' setting for both Quicktime and WMA, I've failed.

Either the file is too large and takes too long to download or the video quality is horrible! Surely there is someone in this forum that is placing long videos on the Web consistently and successfully.

With short videos, it's a no-brainer. But I'm trying to put respectable quality video on the Web without artifacts and jerky video, and at the same time, something that doesn't take 10 minutes to download! And I'm trying to put at least two versions per show, small and medium-size (wma and mov). My hosting site provides a portal for video streaming. So I'll link the Q'time in my site and FTP the wma for the streaming video.

Does anyone have a detailed compression setting that works for both wma and mov files? Or are there any Autodesk Cleaner 6.5 users that have mastered the software.

I should also mention that I have FCP, which includes Compressor, but I don't use it. Also, it's an interview show, so there's no dissloves, movement or anything that would impede compression. Thanks for your help.

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Old January 29th, 2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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Can you be more specific than "10 minutes"? I can download a 600 MB in 10 minutes, but not everyone has that much bandwidth.

I recommend using the x264 library. Since Quicktime doesn't support many of the advanced features of the h.264 standard, you have to cripple the encoder to be Quicktime-compatible. Even so, x264 does a much better job than Apple's own encoder: files half the size for the same quality. I use it on the command line in Windows, and I haven't done it on OS X yet, but you might try ffmpegx with the settings I suggested last time this was brought up.
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