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John Watts
MPEG 1 Nightmare
on Nov 11, 2009 at 2:01:12 pm

So after client approval, they wanted a high-res MPEG 1 file to run through power point for a big meeting this morning. (I told them that .wmv files work great in PP, but they informed me I don't know what I'm talking about) Didn't think this would be a problem, but I haven't made an MPEG 1 in years.
As a new proud owner of FCStudio 3, I figured it would be a breeze.
I just need a 640x480 with decent audio. Hah!
After realizing that Compressor couldn't handle that daunting task,
I downloaded a couple of different encoders...Prism Plus (sucks) and one called mpegff (or something like that). The latter would deliver a nice quality video file, but would always fail when it came to muxing the audio.
So anyway, long story getting longer; I thought MPEG 1 was now considered a "third world codec" and wouldn't present the challenge it did. So is anyone successfully doing this with an encoder that doesn't cost a bundle? Knowing my luck, it'll be another 10 years before anyone wants MPEG 1 again.

John Watts


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Daniel Low
Re: MPEG 1 Nightmare
on Nov 11, 2009 at 7:39:50 pm

Erm, see the post below this one.

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John Watts
Re: MPEG 1 Nightmare
on Nov 11, 2009 at 11:49:42 pm

If you know what you are doing you can try editing the compressor setting itself in TextEdit, it's not that difficult. Find the settings in /library/application support/compressor/

Would like to do this, but the files were not here as shown. I do have FC Studio 3, maybe they moved them? Sounded like a great theory though.

John Watts


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Mark Block
Re: MPEG 1 Nightmare
on Nov 19, 2009 at 1:27:33 am

Last year I spent all day trying to make this work. It didn't.

I successfully edited the text file, and 640x480 appeared in Compressor as my custom-built MPEG-1 size, but when I ran Compressor the resulting file still came out 320x240. Weird. I just tried it again now with the new version of Compressor on Snow Leopard, but the result was the same.

The settings are in the user/library, not the main Library, if you want to give it a shot.

Take care - MarkB


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