I have now been pulling my hair out for about a year!!! I cant believe it. Somone put me out of my misery.
I have HD footage taken directly from my camcorder and edited in Final Cut. I want to be able to compress this footage (about 10 mins for each separate video) to be streamed on my server via a streaming software.
I have compression programs like Final Cut Pro, Quicktime Pro, Mpeg Streamclip and Adobe CS4 Media Encoder and still cant for the life of me compress a video and make it look good at a reasonable bitrate.
My videos can look OK using a bitrate of about 1200-1400 kbps but anything lower and they look poor and pixelated. When I try to stream these files, they are very jumpy and try to buffer alot. When I ask advice from people, they all say that my bitrate settings are too high and should be about 600-800kbps!!! Surely not. At that bitrate, my videos would look horrendous. Please someone tell me what on earth I am doing wrong.
My videos will be 960 x 540 frame size, encoded with H264 into a mp4 file.
Im sure this is such a basic thing for someone, but its eluding me. Please help me figure this.