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Old June 25th, 2007, 02:59 PM   #1
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How To Make Videos For the Web

Thought I share my how-to site with the newbies.

"If you are making a video that is going to be displayed on the Internet,
there are a few things you can do to improve the look on the computer screen.

With better techniques, you can create videos that compress easier
and play better on the Web."
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Old June 25th, 2007, 07:03 PM   #2
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Here's an interesting thing we learned with our web series: When using Sorenson Squeeze to create Flash videos, the software crushes the blacks by 9%. That may be great for high-gain scenes with a noisy camera, but it's terrible for dark, dramatic video.

We solve the problem by rendering one version to AVI normally, and then re-mastering with a 9% brightness lift and 9% contrast reduction (so we don't clip). Running it through Squeeze looks just like the original (from a level standpoint).

We shoot 16x9. The resolution is 480 x 270.

We just released the first Webisode of our 4th Colonel Crush film, From Russia with ACTION!, here:

BTW, thanks for the link to your tips!
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