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Stephen Underwood
Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:39:52 pm

The export>quicktime setting seems to equal approx 1gig/min of footage rendered. I want to render a 25min sequence that will look good on laptop or new iMac 27" but at 1/4 that file size of less. Is there a 'quicktime conversion setting' in FCP or a Compressor recipe someone could point me to? Thanks!


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:35:41 am

Maybe. If you're running h.264, you could use the Youtube preset, which should give you a data rate of around 20mb/s and should result in a file of around 3gb in size. This is with compressor 5; let us know if it's an earlier version.

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Stephen Underwood
Re: Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Sep 1, 2011 at 2:38:32 pm

To clarify, the sequence I'm exporting is ProRes422, so the H.264 comment is unclear to me. (I'm aware that it's what the footage was before conversion...) FYI, I'm using Compressor v3.53...


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:11:07 pm

Stephen, I don't think you can do what you want and use ProRes.
ProRes Proxy will run you about 3-4 min/GB (that's the most compressed ProRes.)

So you need to encode to another format to meet your goal - of 25 min into 1 Gig and have it playable on a system.

If you send your work to Compressor, you can use the Youtube preset, which will make an h.264 QuickTime file that will meet your needs - something that is significantly smaller, but looks great during playback.


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Stephen Underwood
Re: Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:49:36 pm

Thanks Jeff... Tried a 2.1gig movie, 'YouTube' preset compressed it to 111mb, but also reduced to 1280x720. Is there a way to keep it at original 1920x1280 dimension?


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Sep 1, 2011 at 3:50:37 pm

Sure is! Go to the geometry tab and change the sizing to 1920x1080.

Best,

Jeff G

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Compressor Essentials from Lynda.com
(older but still good) Marquee, Media Composer (3.5) and Basic/Advanced Color DVDs (1.0) from Vasst.com
Contact me through my Website


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Stephen Underwood
Re: Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Sep 1, 2011 at 5:13:38 pm

Rendered w/YouTube setting at 1920x1280 and it looks great... Thanks!


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Everest Mokaeff
Re: Compressor setting to keep 1920x1280 size, but render much smaller file for laptop/iMac viewing?
on Aug 31, 2011 at 5:20:16 pm

H.264 is robust and universally compatible file format for cross-platform video delivery.

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