I recently just worked in an HDV 108060i in FCP, and exported to compressor. However, since I am trying to upload my material on Vimeo.com, they only accept 720p30. So first, I sent my HDV 1080i60 sequence to compressor, and made a HDV 720p30 file. Which actually came out fine, but the file is huge (330mb). And gets frozen every time I try and upload it.
So I went back into compressor, and have been exporting files for the web. I used H.264 800 kps for streaming and download, but the end result is that the files are extremely pixelated and just look awful.
I should also mention that before I exported my sequence and made it to 720p30, I just tried exporting the 1080i60 seq by itself and then bring to compressor to make it a web video and I am getting the same results!
I would really appreciate some guidance. Any suggestions please?
800kbs is ok for SD but not really good for a 1280x720(960x720) frame size, i'd expect greater than 2000kbs then you should get better results. Turn Keyframes on automatic in QT h.264, i dont know why it defaults to every 24f..? and go to a multipass render in your final render, you can do single pass to check your compression output to make sure you are in the ballpark.