I am working on compressing a video to the following specs. I have noticed that when other editors have compressed videos at similar lengths and the same specs they have better results. My final output is too pixelated...
Processor: 2x2 Dual Core
Mem: 2GB 667 MHz DDR2
Exporting a Self Contained Quicktime from FCP6. I bring it into compressor and apply the following settings.
Key Frames every 300frames
Encoding: Best quality (Multi-Pass)
Data Rate: Restrict to 800Kbps
Optimized for Download
Render Settings: Best
Target Bit Rate: 160kbps
Note: I am changing the height and Width to 854x480. The original video is A self Contained .mov in 16x9.
Are the other editors using the same frame size? Smaller frames at same data rate will tend to look better.
Are other editors using Compressor? Both Squeeze and Episode generally will produce better results at the same specs as Compressor?
How does the motion of your content compare to those of the other editors? Faster motion may need higher data. If they're doing talking head interviews and you're doing action sports with heavy motion graphics you may need a higher data rate.
Are the other editors using the same source codec? Source codec and source video is going to be a big factor in quality. DV is not going to look as good as 8 bit Uncompressed from a high resolution source.