I've got a 2 hour programme I've been working on for a customer who wants to make it available online.
Not sure what the best option is for quality and download speed. At h.264 we can get it down to 6GB at 720p but I think it can be made smaller with minimal quality affect. What about MKV and how can I encode to this on a Mac? Want to keep it HD obviously.
Any suggestions as to the best format that will also be the format the customer uses so it needs to be something universal regards platform and as playable as possible on older machines.
Senior Technician, Moving Image Department - Kingston University London.
Your Avid MC purchase probably included Sorenson Squeeze. Send your sequence to it and try one of the H264 presets there. You should be able to get it compressed more efficiently , and with better quality than a direct Avid export.
MKV is actually a container (just like QuickTime). In many cases, the file compression is H264 as well. Though it is actually pretty cool, I think the general public is fairly clueless about it and it will end up causing you grief if you use it.