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David Payne
best intermediate format for taking gopro footage out of after effects
on Jul 2, 2013 at 8:02:21 am

hi all, I have a lot of gopro footage that I want to run through the warp stabilizer in after effects cs6 (dont have premiere cs6) and I then want to output it to be able to edit in premiere.

I have up until now been exporting using the .mov preset at 1080p but the resulting files are HUGE. I'm talking 5gb for just 10 seconds or so. I tried using the mpeg-bluray preset but the image quality was awful.

I dont need to export audio but I was wondering if anyone can recommend the best file size vs quality (I find h.264 to be a bit low quality) format to output in as I recently tried to import some of the stabilised .mov files into another machine (CS5) and it wouldnt read them.

Thanks


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Walter Soyka
Re: best intermediate format for taking gopro footage out of after effects
on Jul 2, 2013 at 1:22:49 pm

I'd suggest rendering to an intermediate or mezzanine codec like ProRes, DNxHD or CineForm.

Failing that, QuickTime with the Photo JPEG compressor (quality set around 90 or above) should do nicely.

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David Payne
Re: best intermediate format for taking gopro footage out of after effects
on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:18:17 am

thanks walter, choosing that photo JPEG compressor reduced the file size massively. Still seems good quality so I think that'll do nicely for me!


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