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Old June 2nd, 2009, 01:15 AM   #1
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Which software/workflow to uprez files that were compressed for web transfer?

The title for this post is probably not the best but I couldn't think of any other way to say it...

I need to send a fair amount of footage over the web so the only solution I see is to compress it first. However I'd like the recipient to see it at the best possible resolution. So just as DVDxDVPro does a pretty good job of extracting footage from a DVD and creating a full rez .mov, I'm wondering what might be out there that would do a similar job for what I need.

The footage is HDV 30P and I'm using FCS 1

Thanks for any help
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 10:04 AM   #2
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Not familiar with software to exactly address this need.

h.264 compression, aka. MPEG-4 is outstanding quality for size or bitrate. If you have Compressor on your system, so much the better. I believe you get the latest compression codecs with QT upgrades.

Were it me, I'd be testing out h.264 at full resolution to see how small I could make the file and still have acceptable quality. The trade-off (and there always is one, isn't there...) is that it takes a lot of processing to decode. No problem on Core2 / intel macs.
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I have been experimenting with H.264 with mixed results. I'm so used to working in SD that I put it through Compressor at SD rez without even thinking. The results weren't bad, all things considered. When I tried it at 1920 x 1080 it was a mess. Should have done it at 1440 x 1080 of course but had to see what 1920 would do. That'll be next.

I'm also considering compressing it for DVDSP then burning it and using DVDxDVPro to see what the results are but really I'd like to keep it at HD resolution if I can.

Also I wonder if I should have posted this here, if another forum is more apt to get more responses. Don't want to double post of course...

Have you worked with Instant HD at all? I think thats what its called.
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Old June 3rd, 2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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takes way too much time to encode hd at high resolution as h.264 for the web especially if your talking hours of footage = days of encoding and then many hours of uploading. better off just mailing the files to the client.
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