I'm not really having a problem with software per se, but I would like to improve the quality of the clips I produce.
Basically, I need to convert AVI (DV) clips to WMV. So far I've been using Windows Media Encoder 9. The results aren't bad, but I'm wondering if there's software other than WME that could do a better job. I've no problem paying for such software if it's not free, as I just want to improve my work. If nothing can do a better job than WME, maybe I could use different encoding settings, but I'd really need some help to know what to do. My goal is to either improve the picture quality for the same file size (and bitrate) or reduce the file size while keeping the same quality.
I make my clips 480x360. I'd like to make them larger, like 640x480, but I'm afraid of sacrificing too much picture quality. Typically, I set the video bit rate to about 1000 bps, using the Windows Media Video 9 codec. The mode is bit rate VBR. Frame rate is 29.97 fps. I also select the Deinterlace option. Audio is CD quality (64 kbps, 44 kHz, stereo VBR), using the Windows Media Audio 9.2 codec.
The resulting clips are somewhere between 7.5 and 8 MB/minute. But I've looked around and I've seen WMV clips that were less than that, while having a large 640x480 screen size and a better picture quality than my own clips. I've no idea how some people manage to compress their material so efficiently. I wish I could do the same.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.