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Daniel Griffin
Best HD codec to transfer video files over the internet
on Jan 16, 2012 at 8:39:38 pm

I will be working with a client who lives in another country. He wants to send me their videos to be edited and color corrected and I was wondering which would be the best codec that would give me the best quality with a small file size. He will put the files inside my FTP. This is for broadcast and are 10 TV programs that run for 2 minutes each.
What would be your codec choice for this kind of work?

Daniel Griffin
http://www.youtube.com/dagrial


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Juan Manuel
Re: Best HD codec to transfer video files over the internet
on Jan 16, 2012 at 8:48:17 pm

I'd say H264, but wait for opinions of people with more expertise than me


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Steve Eisen
Re: Best HD codec to transfer video files over the internet
on Jan 16, 2012 at 9:06:21 pm

I would say h.264 at a bit rate of 6mb unless you or they have a huge Dropbox.

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


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Tony Brittan
Re: Best HD codec to transfer video files over the internet
on Jan 16, 2012 at 9:04:51 pm

H.264 is going to retain the best quality to filesize ratio but make sure they encode the files with the highest quality they can. Then transcode to ProRes before y


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Tony Brittan
Re: Best HD codec to transfer video files over the internet
on Jan 16, 2012 at 9:09:23 pm

Sorry, iPhone and hit wrong button. Continued...you edit. You'll loose some of the quality from the original files! If they're shooting on digital media, just have then send you the raw files, and transcode when you get them!

I would definitely suggest you have them buy some 32gb thumb drives and mail them though! Much more reliable and no moving parts like hard drives. Maybe have them FTP the first episodes footage, then mail the rest on USB jump drives.

That my two cents!

Tony Brittan
Island Shore Productions


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Tom Matthies
Re: Best HD codec to transfer video files over the internet
on Jan 17, 2012 at 2:33:42 pm

Another format to suggest for transfer? -FedEx...

E=MC2+/-2db


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Tony Brittan
Re: Best HD codec to transfer video files over the internet
on Jan 17, 2012 at 3:02:10 pm

Yup....and using USB Thumb Drives will help negate possible data corruption since they have no moving parts.

Posted from iPad, please excuse typos!


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