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Matt patterson
compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 21, 2010 at 3:15:58 pm



Hello all :)

I am currently compiling a website that will have parts of a showreel I have edited on Final cut pro.

I did try to upload this showreel on to the website but the file was too big (32MB). The website can only take up to 20MB (Ridiculous I know!)

I was wondering, how would I go about compressing the file to about 10 or 15MB?

I would really appreciate your advice .

Thank you

Matt


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Ron Lindeboom
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 21, 2010 at 3:35:08 pm

Why not upload it here at the COW in our video-reels section and use the embed code and just paste the embed code and feed it from here.

Our limit is now 200MB and we have no bandwidth limit. If your video was to be seen 100,000 times in a month, we wouldn't care.

To upload it, go to the reels and video section, found in the orange navigation bar towards the top of the screen.

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Matt patterson
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:00:26 am


Thanks Ron, I will think about that :)

Are there other ways I would be able to compress a quicktime sequence though?

Thanks Matt Patterson


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Andrew Saliga
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 22, 2010 at 3:25:52 pm

Of course there are other ways. What those ways are depends on several factors.

Most likely you'll be encoding an H.264 in a MOV container, as that's standard.



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Matt patterson
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 22, 2010 at 3:43:24 pm


Hiya Andrew you'll have to bear with me, this is all new to me

what is a H.264 , and what is a MOV container?

Thanks for responding

Matt


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Andrew Saliga
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 22, 2010 at 4:42:08 pm

H.264 is one of the most widely used codecs today. Think of it as a tiny program that controls how the video is compressed. H.264 is known for high efficiency, meaning good quality at small file sizes. H.264 will even play in Flash players and has been adopted into the Blu-Ray encoding spec. MOV just means that it's a file meant to be played in QuickTime. An MP4 container would actually be more universal.

In short video always has a codec and a container. Think of a newspaper as a container. The language the newspaper is written in is like the codec. So in this example, whether the newspaper is written in French or English, it's still the same information, just a different way to communicate it. Likewise, the information on the English newspaper could be relayed in an English magazine. In this scenario, the codec remains the same, but the container differs.


Anyways, this whole books can be written about H.264 alone. You'll find some presets in Compressor, so work from those. If you're really interested in learning more, read articles online. Compression, H.264 and other, has been covered all over the web. I'd also recommend a few books if you're really eager.

Real World Video Compression by Andy Beach
Compression for Great Video and Audio, Second Edition by Ben Waggoner

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Matt patterson
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 22, 2010 at 7:11:03 pm



Andrew, Thank you, thank you thank you!

I did it and it worked :) the only thing is that I need convert it to a flash video format , do you know how i would be able to do that?

Matt


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Andrew Saliga
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Mar 22, 2010 at 7:37:54 pm

The best encoder to create an FLV would be ON2's VP6 codec. It's licensed, so you'd have to purchase it. Flash has supported H.264 encoded files for years now, so this is often preferred. This can be in an MOV, MP4, or F4V container.

Search the COW for "H.264 Flash compressor" or some variant and you'll find several posts that should give you the needed info.

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mark luigjes
Re: compressing a quicktime sequence to go on the internet
on Apr 12, 2010 at 12:30:40 pm

The solution Ron suggested is very good. You can also post it on Youtube, although that doesn't look very professional. As an alternative you can take a look at Vimeo. The embedding options are very customizable and the quality is great.

If you don't want to embed you can always go for H264 of Flash. What kind of player will you use on your website?


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