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John Lee
Best/Fastest Render Format for HD Video?
on Sep 1, 2014 at 9:10:31 pm
Last Edited By John Lee on Sep 1, 2014 at 9:13:33 pm

I film using my Sony Camcorder, which produces .m2ts files. I merge/splice them together to make sports highlight videos. Using Vegas, I have typically rendered the final product using the "Sony AVC/MVC" format to produce a .m2ts file that looks very good.

Initially, I merge the files of a particular game together, and use SV to add a watermark as well. I then put the video online for people to look at, and each "raw footage with watermark" game is 30+ minutes. Later on, when they tell me what clips they want, I'll make the highlight video of 3-5 minutes.

I realize now, however, that the "raw footage with watermark" video does not need to be the highest quality possible. It just needs to be reasonably good HD quality for someone to sift through. Therefore, I'm looking for a render format that is faster than what I have been using. When I make the final highlight video (which is much shorter in duration), I then want it to be the highest quality possible.

Therefore, I am asking:

1. What is the fastest render format I can use that will produce reasonbly good HD quality video? For a 30 minute video, the "Sony AVC/MVC" format can take 2.5 hours to process. To clarify, I did "Internet 720p" under this format. I experimented and tried the "MainConcept AVC/AAC" format, and it looks like it would take a little more than 90 minutes or so. Again, it doesn't need to be the best resolution possible - just reasonably good HD picture than processes as FAST as possible.

2. When I make my final highlight video (which will always be under 10 minutes), is the "Sony AVC/MVC" format the best choice to produce the highest quality HD video for my final product?

I am most concerned with Question #1. I want to put something out there that is reasonably good to look at, but that I can produce as quickly as possible.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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John Rofrano
Re: Best/Fastest Render Format for HD Video?
on Sep 1, 2014 at 9:30:06 pm

If you have a Graphics card that is supported by MainConcept AVC, it will be the fastest of the AVC/H.264 encoders. You don't want to give your customers something they'll need to install codecs to play so I would stick with giving them MP4 files and use MainConcept AVC and a good GPU (Radeon HD 5000/6000 series or GTX500 series).

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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John Lee
Re: Best/Fastest Render Format for HD Video?
on Sep 1, 2014 at 10:25:23 pm

Thanks, John. So is my approach of "MainConcept AVC/AAC, Internet 720p" the best in terms of putting a decent HD video ASAP sound?

Or is there another format under "MainConcept AVC/AAC" I should use? Or should I actually being using "MainConcept MPEG-1" or "MainConcept MPEG-2" instead?

Thanks.


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John Rofrano
Re: Best/Fastest Render Format for HD Video?
on Sep 2, 2014 at 2:14:17 am

[John Lee] "So is my approach of "MainConcept AVC/AAC, Internet 720p" the best in terms of putting a decent HD video ASAP sound?"
Yes, Internet 720p is plenty of quality for clients to approve the work.
[John Lee] "Or is there another format under "MainConcept AVC/AAC" I should use? Or should I actually being using "MainConcept MPEG-1" or "MainConcept MPEG-2" instead?"
MPEG-1 is very low quality and MPEG-2 is not available on all computers for playback. You could use something really small like the MainConcept AVC "Internet 360p widescreen" template but it may be too low quality. Play with the bit rate and see what you think.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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John Lee
Re: Best/Fastest Render Format for HD Video?
on Sep 2, 2014 at 2:23:34 am

Thanks for the help. I rendered a file using those settings. The file size is 50% smaller and took 33% less time. Quality is fine for a proof, so mission accomplished.


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John Rofrano
Re: Best/Fastest Render Format for HD Video?
on Sep 2, 2014 at 2:33:34 am

[John Lee] "I rendered a file using those settings. The file size is 50% smaller and took 33% less time. Quality is fine for a proof, so mission accomplished."
Awesome! Glad I could help.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasst.com



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