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Christian Clark
How to Compress DigiBeta for Web
on Jul 26, 2010 at 1:51:59 am

I just spent an hour or so looking on the Cow and on the web for a clear answer to this:

How do I compress DigiBeta for the web? Does 720x486 become 640x486 or should I crop six pixels and then compress at 640x480? Is there a standard answer or is it up to me?


Christian H. Clark
City Limit Films

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Chris Blair
Re: How to Compress DigiBeta for Web
on Jul 28, 2010 at 1:14:23 am

You'll want to adjust the size so it's 4:3 with square pixels since a 720x486 image will look stretched on computer screens, but beyond that it's up to you and dependent on how fast your viewers' internet connection is.

With H264 nowadays, you can easily get away with 512x384 and it will stream on most decent speed internet connections. You can even get away with 640x480, although that will likely bog down on anything below a cable modem.

We typically stick with 512x384 or 480x360 or 432x324. You also need to consider the web player you'll be using...meaning Flash, Quicktime etc. If you use Flash, you'll get better results keeping your sizes as multiples of 16 or at the very least 8.

Chris Blair
Magnetic Image, Inc.
Evansville, IN
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