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Lance Williams
H.264 in final cut express 3.5
on May 20, 2011 at 1:28:32 am

I'm pretty new to film post production so bare with me. I've started making short videos for the company I work for that we then upload to youtube. All we have at work is FCExpress 3.5 and they aren't will to upgrade yet. My problem is when I export my video for web I can't get the quality I want.

When I use Quicktime conversion H.264 the colors and contrast come out very bland. It's like it just sucks the color right out.
If I use Quicktime conversion photo-jpeg the colors and contrast come out great, but then after youtube processes it it blows all the highlights out.

for example: here is the h.264 version of a video





and here is a photo jpeg version






and yes the place I work is kinda weird, but it's a job.

Is the h.264 codec in FCE 3.5 just old and outdated? Will upgrading to FCE 4 help?


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