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Steve Hudson
Final Cut Pro. HDV to Web H.264 Compression
on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:49:49 am

Hi there,

I've been on the forum a fair amount, but this is my first post.

I'm wanting to send several separate short (30 second to 120 second) FCP sequences to compressor and have them playable on a website. The sequences are in two separate projects, one HDV 1080i 50i (PAL) and the other 1080i 60i (NTSC).

I know I want a finished H.264 codec for the web, but would like to confirm the best SETTINGS in the drop down tabs to get the preferred result, obviously I will lose a large amount of quality from the original capture but still would like to keep enough in the images and audio so its decent to view on the website. Would like all finished videos to remain 16:9

Compressor:

I'm particularly interested in the Inspector Window and the following "Resizing Control" settings:
Resize Filter
Output Filter
Deinterlace

What is best to set these too?

Also, what setting should I use for the Rate Conversation at the bottom of the Inspector? Am I missing anything?

Platform I'm running:

MacBook Pro 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo
Snow Leopard 10.6.4
FCP 7.0.2 (latest Final Cut Studio)
Conpressor: 3.5.2


Many thanks for your input, much appreciated.
LS


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Jeff Breuer
Re: Final Cut Pro. HDV to Web H.264 Compression
on Aug 13, 2010 at 2:52:28 pm

Have you watched the webinar by Matrox that was recently posted on the COW? It has some good advice:

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/scartozzi_francesco/h264-matrox-web...

I also like this downloadable book from the LAFPUG forum:
http://books.intelligentassistance.com/EncodingRecipes/

You have the basics down, but it's best to play around with bit rate and bandwidth according to how you will be using the video. In the download, intelligent assistance also recommends using black restore filter and bumping up the blacks a little too. I've done that and liked the output.

Hope that helps.


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Steve Hudson
Re: Final Cut Pro. HDV to Web H.264 Compression
on Aug 14, 2010 at 10:02:14 pm

HI Jeff,

Just watched the webinar, very helpful and downloading book now.

Thanks for the info.

LS


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