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Walter SoykaRe: Best format to compress raw T2i footage to for editing?
by on Apr 27, 2012 at 9:31:43 pm

[Victor Lin] "It's pointless to work buku extra hours to make video 4x the quality that YouTube is capable of, just to have YouTube decrease the quality to it's own level anyway."

It's not pointless. Working with the highest level of quality possible throughout the production process ensures the best-looking deliverables.

If you recompress your camera originals, edit, then export, you will have at least two additional generations of compression (possibly three if YouTube recompresses your content yet again). You lose quality at each stage, similar to making a copy of a copy of an analog video tape, but a copy of a good tape is still better than a copy of a bad tape.

Compressing your originals also limits your flexibility for color correction, keying, and effects.


[Victor Lin] "Just like we never shoot in RAW for our photo shoots, since the images will only ever be printed to 8x10 inches max and JPG is just fine for that."

Shooting RAW versus JPEG isn't about retaining quality; it's about retaining flexibility. Shooting JPEG does all the processing in-camera; shooting RAW lets you handle the processing separately, after the fact.

If you're sacrificing flexibility for speed, I think you run the risk of lowering quality in the triangle.

Walter Soyka
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