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    Hi all,

    This may be of use/ interest to those editing video in iMovie HD on a Mac. After a fair bit of playing around, trying to get a good quality output that wasn't a 2gb file, this is what I have settled with.

    If you have a better way than this, then of course I'd love to hear it! The last video I exported using these settings has been uploaded to YouTube (see below) but was still to big to get under the 500mb limit on Vimeo unfortunately.

    File format - MP4

    Video format - H.264

    Data rate - 1800

    Optimised for - DOWNLOAD

    Image size - 1280x720 HD

    Frame rate - 29.97

    Key frame - every 24


    VIDEO OPTIONS

    Restrict profiles - Main

    Best quality


    AUDIO

    ACC-LC (Music)

    Data rate - 128kbps

    Channels - STEREO

    Output sample rate - 44.100

    Encoding quality - Best

    Here's what I got from these settings on YouTube:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7612dL8b5YQ"]YouTube- The Isle of Wight[/ame]

    Hope it helps someone!

    Mike
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    OK. While this worked for some exports, I just tried the same settings for my latest video and the quality looked poor. Back to the drawing board I guess!

    Exporting full quality works, but it does make the file size huge so I am yet to find the perfect settings. Any ideas anyone?

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    Ah, the ever mystical world of rendering. I sometimes seems to defy the laws of physics, in fact I'm convinced it is a metaphysical or even transcendental subject.

    Ohhhhhmmmmmmm.

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    It's a nightmare! I have spent the best part of today exporting a 800mb file from iMovie HD, then uploading it to YouTube, then deleting it because the quality was iffy at best. I am reasonably happy with the quality of my latest video, Idyllic Ewell Court, which I posted in it's own thread but only when watched as 720p.

    I'll get there one day I'm sure!

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    It certainly seems like a grey art. I find that making sure you stick as close to the source format as possible gives the most reliable results. For example don't mess around with the FPS and maintain the frame dimensions. This also minimises encoding times. And as I'm impatiant, I normally opt for a constant bitrate to speed things up too. I normally start with a preset, and then tweek this.
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    Thanks Marc, I'll try that.

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