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Pam Picard
Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4
on Nov 12, 2014 at 9:55:02 pm

Hello -

I'm looking to export the following:

Container mp4
Audio codec AAC or AAC-LC
Video codec: H. 264
Resolution 1080p or 1080i
Bit rate HD 2000

What is the best way to do that in Compressor?

Thanks in advance.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4
on Nov 12, 2014 at 10:28:19 pm

In Compressor 4.1.3. Use the "+" on the lower left and select "New Setting..." and in the popup box next to Format: select MPEG4. Then enter the setting you prefer. In most cases my personal preference is to select H.264 profile: High Profile and Entropy mode: CABAC. It'll be a single pass encode but it's nearly as good as x264 encoding found in other programs.



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Pam Picard
Re: Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4
on Nov 13, 2014 at 1:01:21 pm

Thanks for the reply.

Feel a bit silly asking but is it fair to say that the container is the file extension?


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4
on Nov 19, 2014 at 4:09:59 pm

Pam,

Yes and no. Yes, mp4 means an MPEG4.

Think of containers as buckets. Quicktime. MPEG4. FLV.

h.264 is the codec - like water. It could be in any of those three buckets.

Each bucket has some of it's own rules/compatibility.


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Craig Seeman
Re: Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4
on Nov 19, 2014 at 4:39:07 pm

I like thinking of it as sandwich.
There are different types of bread (containers).
You can different types of stuff (codec) between the slices of bread.

Just another way of looking at buckets. I guess I'm food oriented. :)



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Pam Picard
Re: Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4
on Nov 19, 2014 at 10:18:31 pm

These explanations are very, very helpful. Thank you.


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Tommy Brown
Re: Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4 - Audio Codec
on Dec 1, 2014 at 12:01:24 pm

Hi Craig.

Do you know of any way to change the audio codec or what the audio codec is for the MP4 setting that comes with Compressor.


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Compressor - codec h.264, container mp4 - Audio Codec
on Dec 1, 2014 at 1:11:38 pm

Apple uses the AAC audio codec - which is similar to MP3 audio compression. Data rates of 160 are excellent in stereo, 80 in mono.

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