Hello, I am working on my first video, new to the whole process, and unsure as to why I am getting the results that I am. I have made a video from about 50 pictures, which fade into each other, and on top of each of them is a title, that fades in and out, not at the same time as the videos fade. There are 4 layers of audio tracks that were originally in mp3 format. The entire video is only 7 minutes long, but when rendered to .avi it is 15 GB. for only 7 minutes! I know .avi files are large, but this is gi-normous for only a 7 minute video. (isn't it?)
Using Sony Vegas 9
field order -none
pixel aspect ratio 1.0000 square
full resolution rendering quality- best
deinterlace method- none
bit depth 16
resample and stretch quality- best
I rendered it first in .avi just so I would have it at high quality, and it shows great on Windows Media Player on my own computer. However, that size is way too big to deal with as far as sharing the file, and when I try to encode it to .wmv or .mp4 or .flv the quality is so bad it's unusable.
Question 1- why is the original file so big? Is it the cross-fading?
Question 2- how do I get it into a format that can be used online without losing so much quality that it looks fractured?
Thank you ever so much for your kind help.