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Doug Ferguson
Encoding .mp4 to Quicktime with Media Encoder, What's the Best Quality?
on Jan 31, 2012 at 11:58:41 pm

I record footage with a Sony EX3 which produces great .mp4 files. The company I need to send them to needs them to be in Quicktime format. I use Adobe's Media Encoder to convert the files. What is the best settings to not loose any quality and still stay at 1920 x 1080?

Best,

Doug


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Craig Seeman
Re: Encoding .mp4 to Quicktime with Media Encoder, What's the Best Quality?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 12:47:32 am

[Doug Ferguson] "What is the best settings to not loose any quality and still stay at 1920 x 1080?"

Best? Uncompressed 10 bit 4:2:2 but maybe Apple ProRes 4:4:4:4. That would come closest to not losing any quality.

Think about what you asked for though. You may need to reword your question.



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Doug Ferguson
Re: Encoding .mp4 to Quicktime with Media Encoder, What's the Best Quality?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 1:45:07 am

Maybe I need to give some more information. I am on a Windows machine and my client uses a Mac. I use Adobe's Premiere Pro to edit so I have no problem editing straight out of the camera. On this project however, they need me to convert my files to Quicktime before I send it to them. I'm trying to figure out the best codec and compression to keep 1920 x 1080, keep the quality and also keep the file sizes around the same size. There are so many options I'm not sure which to try.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Encoding .mp4 to Quicktime with Media Encoder, What's the Best Quality?
on Feb 1, 2012 at 2:24:34 am

Telestream Episode Engine can encode to ProRes on Windows but that will set you back around $4K.
Can you export to 8 or 10 bit Uncompressed 4:2:2 .mov?

Why do you need to send the a .mov?
They may be able to transcode or rewrap it on their end.
If you want "best" quality you'd want to send something as close to uncompressed as possible.



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