Help! Which codecs should I use to get fast and good quality
Posted 13 February 2006 - 08:55 PM
I just completed version 2 of my homepage on iWeb & iMovie - I know I'm a luddite amongs all you Final Cut Pro champs!. I just realised that the the webstreaming default on iMovie has left my film clips looking pixelated on my website so I'm going to re-compress them so that they look better - unfortunately I've looked at all the options in the advanced Quicktime codecs and it's all Greek to me as I'm not that computer literate when it comes to codecs.
Any Mac geniuses out there who can give me a hand? I've been searching the web and it seems Sorenson seems a good option to get sharp webstreaming but I have no idea what settings to use.
Any help is much appreciated!!
Posted 13 February 2006 - 09:03 PM
Posted 13 February 2006 - 09:44 PM
Edited by Joshua Reis, 13 February 2006 - 09:45 PM.
Posted 14 February 2006 - 11:53 AM
Posted 14 February 2006 - 01:32 PM
Basically - Sorenson codec is the most widely used one and works on every version of Quicktime. Therefore, if you want to acheive as many viewers as possible with minimum hassle, this is the one.
The new H264 codec is the "new Sorenson", so to speak. It'll take over from it since it's a much better and more lean codec. Unfortunately, it only works with QT7 playera and upwards. And you know how it is - people sit with Windows 98 software and Quicktime 4.0 and expect everything to play normally..
On my own website I just bit the bullet and did everything in H264. Don't care if someone with QT 6.0 can't see it - if they're so lazy they can't upgrade even a free software, then I can't be bothered with them.
Posted 14 February 2006 - 03:59 PM
i'd highly suggest sorenson. h264 will be the standard in a year or two or three, but right now you risk having someone simply not being able to watch your reel at all.
if you do go with sorenson, use squeeze or cleaner. it makes a huge difference in the image quality and file size. also, turn off "image smoothing" and as other mentioned, enable the fast-start option.
hope this helps,