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Michael Malko
Compression / Encoding
on Feb 29, 2012 at 1:32:28 am


I have a issue and I could use some help. I have a film that I was asked to create a High res file for film festivals through mp4 format, but the compressor I run (Compressor 3.0) doesn't do H.264 in mp4 so I opted to use the quick time H.264, I am wondering what bit rate I should use, if I should use frame control at all, and what settings would help make the film look nice. The film it's self is 15 minutes. Any insight would help.

Thank you

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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compression / Encoding
on Mar 1, 2012 at 4:07:01 pm

Two thoughts

First, you could use the Apple TV preset - it's an MPG4 h.264 file and should look decent.

Technically, the h.264 codec can be in one of three major architectures - MOV/Flash/MPEG4. If it's in QuickTime (MOV) that's fine - but you should check with the festival to see if they'll accept it. They may be working with a hardware playback mechanism that only works with true mpg4 files.

Ok, settings.
QuickTime movie.
Encoder tab - Video Settings: Change format to h.264, current fps, Best Quality (multi-pass) and set the Data rate at 20,000 (far more than you need; you probably can get away with 8mbs)
Audio settings; AAC, 48k stereo, 160kbs

Frame controls: Leave the frame controls to automatic - it should properly detect and handle interlacing
Filter Controls: don't touch
Geometry Controls: Set the frame size to 100% of source

This should leave you with something that looks nearly identical to the original.


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