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Shane McGee
Compressing HD Upconvert (136gb) to Downloadable HD File (1.5gb)
on Oct 16, 2012 at 5:10:47 pm

My friend is trying to put his movie online to make it available for people to download for just a few dollars and im trying to help him compress it from the SD-HD up convert file, to a file that the distro service can handle without having to pay significantly more a month for hosting, etc since this is more about just letting people who want the movie, have it instead of trying to find a second hand DVD on ebay or something.

Im having trouble when i run the file through Compressor 4. I drop it in, used an h.264 preset with a bit rate low enough (super low) that it would keep the file size below 1.5gb...

when the file is finally out put, it gives me a file where the first frame of the video is the only thing you can see no matter what part you skip to, but the audio works fine. Its also about 2.5gb instead of the estimated 1.49gb.

Any tips on how to get this video as small as possible, and still have it work?

Thank you.

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Chris Tompkins
Re: Compressing HD Upconvert (136gb) to Downloadable HD File (1.5gb)
on Oct 16, 2012 at 5:50:38 pm

What is the file you are compressing?
HD or SD? What size and frame rate and codec?

What are you going to: 720x480/30p .h264 .mov file?

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Shane McGee
Re: Compressing HD Upconvert (136gb) to Downloadable HD File (1.5gb)
on Oct 16, 2012 at 6:18:51 pm

The file is a 1920x1080 ProRes 422 HQ.

Its 1 hour and 29 minutes long.

Im trying to basically just go to a much smaller 1920x1080 file if thats at all possible...its not my idea, haha.

I can see if he wants to go to 720 but i think the goal was to get it under 1.5gb and keep the 1920x1080 res.

Any more info, lemme know!

Thanks for the help.

15" MacBook Pro Quad Core i7 2.0GHz
1TB G-RAID
Final Cut Pro X
Canon T2i


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Compressing HD Upconvert (136gb) to Downloadable HD File (1.5gb)
on Oct 16, 2012 at 6:25:34 pm

Ya, 90 min. is a big file.
But you got the right idea, .h264 codec, but try .MP4 for file type.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Shane McGee
Re: Compressing HD Upconvert (136gb) to Downloadable HD File (1.5gb)
on Oct 16, 2012 at 6:32:31 pm

Ok im creating a new MP4 preset...should i leave it at the default settings or change anything?

15" MacBook Pro Quad Core i7 2.0GHz
1TB G-RAID
Final Cut Pro X
Canon T2i


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Compressing HD Upconvert (136gb) to Downloadable HD File (1.5gb)
on Oct 16, 2012 at 6:39:45 pm

Drop the data rate down

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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