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Charity Spatzeck-Olsen
compressing to under 4gb
on Sep 2, 2010 at 7:45:00 pm

I have a client who needs the FCP movie I have edited for him to be compressed to an mpeg file and under 4gb. Right now the FCP file is 4.13GB. Knowing nothing really about compression rates. Would someone be able to recommend an MPEG rate that would get my movie below 4.13?

Thanks


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John Fishback
Re: compressing to under 4gb
on Sep 2, 2010 at 8:32:45 pm

So, the file you exported from FCP is 4.13GB? What codec did you use? Does it need to stay that codec? If not, what codec does your client want?

John

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Charity Spatzeck-Olsen
Re: compressing to under 4gb
on Sep 2, 2010 at 8:36:33 pm

I exported as a .mov from FCP. Needs to compress to an mpeg


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Mark Petereit
Re: compressing to under 4gb
on Sep 2, 2010 at 8:58:54 pm

There's always the tried and true "just select the default settings, compress it and see what you get, tweak from there" strategy.


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Charity Spatzeck-Olsen
Re: compressing to under 4gb
on Sep 2, 2010 at 9:01:10 pm

I will try that. Thanks.


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John Fishback
Re: compressing to under 4gb
on Sep 2, 2010 at 9:24:17 pm

How is your client going to use the mpeg? I'm assuming it's mpeg2. That can be used for a DVD at lowish data rates (under 7mbps), or it might be a transport or program stream for broadcast which would be 17 to 25mbps. You'll have no problems shrinking the size with mpeg. The issue is more about quality than size unless it's for DVD. Then, you'll be safely under 4GB regardless. Here's a great little data/space calculator app from Digital Heaven called VideoSpace. It's free.

John

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Charity Spatzeck-Olsen
Re: compressing to under 4gb
on Sep 3, 2010 at 2:55:43 pm

Use is not DVD. Use is to run as a loop movie just through viewing monitor.

I exported as mpeg 4 straight from Final Cut and quality was terrible.

Exported as mpeg 4 through compressor and file way to big, but quality awesome

I am now trying mpeg2 export from compressor. I am trying to preserve the movies original dimension of 1920x1080. Want it to view as 16:9.


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