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Peter Hall
converting 1080/1440 .mov to quality small size 16 x 9 file
on Apr 2, 2011 at 8:47:32 pm

I'm attempting to transcode a 700MB 1080 x 1440 mov file to a smaller file that maintains the 16 x 9 aspect and reasonable quality in a file under 100MB - so far I'm getting crappy results via FCP 7 export using Quicktime Conversion - check on maintain 16 x 9 aspect doesnt maintain 16 x 9.. any suggestions for a quality conversion I can send over Yousendit? Compressor or MPEG streamclip?
Any suggestions are much welcome.

Peter Hall


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Steve Eisen
Re: converting 1080/1440 .mov to quality small size 16 x 9 file
on Apr 2, 2011 at 9:42:03 pm

Exporting using QuickTime Conversion is your problem.

Export a QT Movie select self contained if you want a master copy of your project.

Drop that file into compressor and choose an h.264 setting for your liking.
a example would be h.264 800kbs. If you want a higher bit rate, change your data rate.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Peter Hall
Re: converting 1080/1440 .mov to quality small size 16 x 9 file
on Apr 2, 2011 at 9:49:54 pm

Thank you Steve, I shall try Compressor. Any clues to the algorythms of kbs in relation to MB size of original file? About to go fishing in Compressor. Cheers.

Peter Hall


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Steve Eisen
Re: converting 1080/1440 .mov to quality small size 16 x 9 file
on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:39:04 pm

Compressor will give you an estimated size. The higher the data rate, the higher the quality and larger the file size. I would not go over 5,000 kb

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Peter Hall
Re: converting 1080/1440 .mov to quality small size 16 x 9 file
on Apr 2, 2011 at 11:18:55 pm

Steve, please forgive my ignorance, but I am not seeing options for kb speed in Compressor, only different codecs. The first H264 1K version I tried gave me a 25k file that was 4/3 in aspect. I'm now trying a new H264 setting that promises to respect my original quicktime .mov settings, At this point I'm keen to get the 16 x 9 replication in a low rez file.Thanks for your patience.

Peter Hall


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Steve Eisen
Re: converting 1080/1440 .mov to quality small size 16 x 9 file
on Apr 3, 2011 at 2:57:45 am

Click on the Help tab inside Compressor and find the User Manual.

Search for this:
Customizing MPEG-4 Video Settings

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
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Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Peter Hall
Re: converting 1080/1440 .mov to quality small size 16 x 9 file
on Apr 3, 2011 at 11:47:53 pm

Thank you Steve, will follow that path, many thanks. Peter

Peter Hall


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