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Stephen Underwood
Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Sep 29, 2015 at 1:55:37 am

Hi, Launching first campaign early next week. Went to upload a 1080p movie and found they were wanting a 640x480. Ouch. Tried creating a project 'custom' 640x480, dragged in a master file export from the full size version and it looks bad.

Anyone know the best way to keep the quality high through the upload process? I'm ok with having black bars above and below the movie.

FYI, the launch is for PAKPOD, a super-versatile, waterproof, compact tripod. (I'm a one-guy company, not a mega-corp.) If you are into packable accessories for run and gun shooting, the project movie is up at:





Thanks!

~ Steve Underwood

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Bret Williams
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Sep 29, 2015 at 3:03:12 am

Well 640x480 looks pretty bad unless you're viewing at its natural 4inch by 3 inch size. Are you cropping off the sides? Since your original makes use of the full width you're likely going to have to redo lots of the project to fit the new aspect ratio. Why would someone want a 4:3 video these days anyway when they could have 16:9?

Why not copy and paste the whole sequence into a 640x480 sequence (720x480 really) and then go through and adjust everything that needs adjusting then export a 720x480 pro res master and a 640x480 MP4 for Internet?

btw that's a great looking tripod and a great looking video as well. Best of luck with the campaign!


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Noah Kadner
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Sep 29, 2015 at 3:04:03 am

640x480 project would be my suggestion. Make sure the final output is what you're gauging... If it still looks iffy try exporting at ProRes at 1080 first. Then drop that output into a new 640x480 project. The scaling should look better.

Noah

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Doug Metz
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Sep 30, 2015 at 5:51:52 pm

It would be much quicker and easier to take your 1080 master file into Compressor and scale/pad it there. No need to re-import or any of that.

I did a quick test and the results are perfect. The tricky bits are in the Video settings for the preset to add the padding, but once you see it everything makes sense.

I've uploaded the setting here for anyone who'd like to try it out:

9306_640x480cow.cmprstng.zip

Doug Metz

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Stephen Underwood
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Sep 30, 2015 at 7:23:14 pm

Thanks to all of you for the great tips. I'll be dealing with tomorrow and it's great have some solid options. ~ Steve

~ Steve Underwood

Computer: MacBook Pro, OS X 10.10.1
Processor: 2.6GHz, Intel Core i7, Memory: 16GB
Intel Iris Pro, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, FCX 10.1.4
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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Oct 1, 2015 at 1:26:54 am

That tripod looks killer. Nice work.

I can't imagine Kickstarter wants SD Video. If double check the specs.


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Stephen Underwood
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Oct 1, 2015 at 1:31:06 am

Thanks for the tripod love. Sadly, "upload your 640x460 video here" is there front and center on the upload box. Hard to believe they aren't ready to shift to 1080p. Quite a waste... Hope to see you on next Tuesday 10/6 for 'Pakpod' launch... ~ Steve

~ Steve Underwood

Computer: MacBook Pro, OS X 10.10.1
Processor: 2.6GHz, Intel Core i7, Memory: 16GB
Intel Iris Pro, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, FCX 10.1.4
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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Oct 1, 2015 at 2:25:29 am

Have you tired to buck the system and upload 1080p? :)

If not, the Compressor suggestion is good.


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Stephen Underwood
Re: Converting Kickstarter project video from 1920x1080 to 640x480
on Oct 1, 2015 at 2:28:36 am

I will try 1080p tomorrow. It choked the first time I uploaded 1080. Will give it one more go...

~ Steve Underwood

Computer: MacBook Pro, OS X 10.10.1
Processor: 2.6GHz, Intel Core i7, Memory: 16GB
Intel Iris Pro, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, FCX 10.1.4
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