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Paul Campbell
mp4 file size from FCP/Compressor
on Jul 5, 2015 at 8:44:30 pm

I've tried several times to figure out this file size curiosity. I ripped a McDonalds spot from Facebook today and dropped it into FCP to check out the info. It's a 15-second spot that was saved as an mp4, with a resolution of 1280x720, and the file size is only 1.2MB! I took some footage I shot with my DSLR and snipped it down to just 6 seconds as an experiment, but every possible combo of outputs I try can't get this looking decent at less than maybe 5MB. And mine is only 6 seconds. How in the world was that McD spot compressed so much and still look so good? Amazing!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: mp4 file size from FCP/Compressor
on Jul 6, 2015 at 6:03:48 pm

Hardware transcoding. If you transcode video for a living and have a spare $12,000 lying around, it's really worth it.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Paul Campbell
Re: mp4 file size from FCP/Compressor
on Jul 6, 2015 at 8:12:43 pm

Jeez Dave, I can either do one or the other, not both. Thanks for ending this conundrum for me.


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