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Alex Townley
Best quality MP4 settings
on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:46:49 am


I am trying to export a video file from Final Cut Pro to upload in the best quality possible at a site called Bits on the Run and then to Wordpress. Because of some audio issues with the website this has to converted from a H.264 .mov file to a MP4 file using streamclip before uploading. Does anyone know of the best parameters to achieve great quality while maintaining a relatively small file size and stream speed in an MP4 file?


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Raj Gopal
Re: Best quality MP4 settings
on Mar 26, 2011 at 6:17:02 am


I use Quick time pro 7 very effectively for this purpose. I can tell you my setting which are in HD 720 p , but that should not matter to you.

Here is the work flow.

Open file
Command E
Export as movie to mp4
Click options
In video option -
Video format - H.264
Data rate- 9000 kb/sec
Image size 1280*720 (or whatever u prefer)
Frame Rate - Current
Hit save
And that's it
Oh ya and I forgot u need to save the destination file.
Thank you hope it helps.

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Alex Townley
Re: Best quality MP4 settings
on Mar 26, 2011 at 10:41:14 am

Thanks mate! exactly the answer I was looking for!

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Rafael Amador
Re: Best quality MP4 settings
on Mar 26, 2011 at 11:02:21 am

Hi Alex,
QT and MPGStreamclip makes nice H264/Mp4.
The data rate that Raj set for 1280x720p (9000 Kbps) will gives you quite good quality, but you can still low the data rate keeping great picture.
Set always: Key-Frames: AUTO, and always Multy-Pass.

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