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Ariane Fisher
compressor settings for decent quality at tiny data rate?
on Apr 30, 2009 at 1:17:13 am

I need to upload very long movie files (generally 1 hour, sometimes more) for download. I've played with frame rate, frame size, audio encoding and data rate settings within compressor. Thus far, data rate seems to have, by far, the biggest impact.

Encoding one hour of DV at 150 kb/sec, 320x240, 15 fps, gave me a file size around 78MB; too big for my purposes. Smaller frame size is unwatchable for an hour. Lower fps gave me no change in file size. Lower data rate produced video that looked like it was filmed underwater. I've seen other samples on the web as low as 21kb/sec that looked watchable.

Are they using something other than compressor? Any ideas for different settings or a different program that I should be using?


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Ariane Fisher
Re: compressor settings for decent quality at tiny data rate?
on Apr 30, 2009 at 4:31:38 am

I forgot to include that I'm using a MacPro, OS 10.5.4, Compressor 3. I'm encoding H.264 for download on the web.


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Daniel Low
Re: compressor settings for decent quality at tiny data rate?
on Apr 30, 2009 at 7:40:48 am

[Ariane Fisher] "I've seen other samples on the web as low as 21kb/sec that looked watchable. "

I think you may be getting KiloBytes and Kilobits mixed up.

H.264 is going to produce the best quality for a given data rate, compressor is a very capable application. You don't need anything better



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