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Clayton Brown
Drowning in compression problems...
on Sep 23, 2011 at 2:16:33 am

So glad I found this forum, and saw the guys post ahead of mine. FYI we are complete noobs when it comes to compression/codecs etc..

We have a new iMac (OSX version 10.6.8)
-for which we have Final Cut Pro X & the new compressor that works with it.
Also, have a souped up PC running windows 7 (ultimate)
-With the adobe CS5 Master Suite (not 5.5)

Source codec:
Filmed in HD

Destination codec:
HD... 16x9

Type of destination use:
World wide distributor of dance lesson videos

So above are our specs, resources and needs.

To give you a break down though... We have been using the new FCP-X to do our editing, then exporting to quicktime file. We then tried using the new compressor on the iMac, but it does not seem to do a darn thing. So we then tried moving the files to the PC and using encore to transcode, which works fine when the file is small enough to go onto our FAT32 formatted drive for the transfer. But with our larger files (nearly 8gb) we would prefer to compress them to fit on a single layer DVD. Plus transferring them for some reason to the PC (via network & exFAT) we are losing quality, bad.

We really need a good solution to compress on the mac.

Thanks so much for any help-

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Clayton Brown
Re: Drowning in compression problems...
on Sep 23, 2011 at 6:00:14 pm

Please disregard my original post.. We have realized that our quality loss is coming directly from our high res exports our of FCPX..

When we export from FCPX to a high res quick time file it comes out choppy- Legit quality loss.

A week ago we exported a video using this same method and the quality was fine.

We cannot find settings for the quick time export, nor do we have a clue as to what might have changed.

The original files are certainly not the problem, we exported the same project we exported a week ago and the two videos are clearly different...

Any help greatly appreciated

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Craig Seeman
Re: Drowning in compression problems...
on Sep 26, 2011 at 5:59:03 pm

Please read the sticky at the top of this forum about getting the fastest help.
Some of your comments don't make much sense I suspect.
HD is not a codec. It's a frame size.
Hi Res doesn't mean anything specifically either.

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