So I’ve been wondering which is the best video program to use? I’ve been using both a lot recently and there are distinct differences in the two pieces of software and they excel in different areas. But which is right for what job?
I’ve broken it down in to several sections, tasks if you will, and talked about the pros and cons of each in that area.
6. Deinterlaced video
Interlacing for those that have never heard of it before is to do with your TVs cathode ray tube. Basically it shoots a ray of light at the front of the screen which changes colour as it scans across the screen. Unfortunately they found that by the time the ray had gotten across and down and across and down all the way to the end of the screen the first lines had lost colour. So they invented a second scan field. Now it scans one line, skips a line and then does the other till it hits the bottom and then goes back to the start to do it again filling in the missing lines which keeps the image bright all over. Clever really. When it comes to computers though its very different. Read the rest of this entry »
YouTube is now in HD and will love you lots if you can match it’s resolution rewarding you with high quality sexy looking videos. The resolution of youTube HD is 1280×720 and if you can match this then YouTube wont have to mess around with the resolution at all when you are uploading your videos.
For non HD content you should aim to have the resolution at 640×360 (16:9) or 480×360 (4:3). as recommended by youTube for smooth results.
2. Bit rates
The bit rate is how many bits there are in your video per second. It’s pretty easy to guess that the more bits her second the more detail and better quality the video will have. Unfortunately if you max this out you may fight that your video files are too large for upload to YouTube =[ as a suggestion aim for your bit rate to be around 6-8Mbps but try maxing it out as far as it will go and keeping under the file size restrictions.
3. Video Compression
Don’t upload uncompressed video, there is no real need and it will just take up unnecessary disk space and your files will be too big. Try using MPEG4(DivX, Xvid)/H.264 for the video and make sure your frame rate is corrected as discussed above. YouTube runs at 30fps (Frames Per Second), it shouldn’t matter what your video frame rate is but if you match this YouTube will have an easier job of making your video look good.
4. Recording Audio
As a note to recording your video, get the audio right at the start. If it’s too quiet your video will suck, try using a tie clip mic or shouting loudly at the camera if that’s what your using. I’ve used an external computer in another room with a long lead to a SM58 on a stand pointed at the subject before and then added the audio track to the video later. If you want your videos to have a high production value you need to make the audio top quality.
5. Audio compression
The use of high quality audio in YouTube videos is debatable. If you are going to upload HD quality video then shouldn’t you upload HD quality audio? But I’ve heard the same people who say to upload HD quality video saying to compress audio to MP3. The way I look at it, if the video is being watched on a 5.1 surround system with HDTV then HD sound would be useful, on a laptop with average quality speakers HD audio is pointless. For me I’d have to say HD video is a lot more noticeable than HD audio so I’d tend to drop the quality on the audio. MP3 or AAC formats will work fine. 44.1khz is CD sampling rate so that’s always a good guide to go on.
Hey, today I’m going to talk about DV. I’m not going to get too technical but I think its useful to know what the different formats are when you select the different settings in After Effects or Premier Pro what ever you’re using there are a whole host of different settings to choose from and I intend to give a bit of a guide to what they all mean! I have already covered H.264 which you can find here. Now lets get started!
White Balancing is a very simple process that you should do every time you film any video, you should do it every time you change location, turn a light on, or move the camera to face a different direction. It is one of the most important fundamental rituals that you should perform when getting ready to film and yet not every one even knows about it!
If you are having trouble with your videos looking red, green, blue or some other colour taking precedence and adding some kind of hue to the video then white balance is for you! it’s not always going to make everything perfect if you have really bad lighting but it will make a lot of your videos seem a lot more professional.
Incorrect White Balance
Correct White Balance
Taken from http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/white-balance.htm
In this video I show you how to export or render video in Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4. Its not as easy as it might seem and is unintuitive compared to some video software. Usually you tend to go for File > export but with After Effects you Render the video rather than import it. This is because of the animation and 3D effects that are used in After Effects.
H.264 is a compression method, this means when you export a video using the H.264 compression it wont come out as “Yourmovie.H.264″ it isn’t a file type. It’s like, the way you make the bread for your sandwich. The sandwich can be cheese or peanut butter, .Mov or .MPEG. But the sandwich is made with H.264 bread to give it that high quality crisp feel and low bit rates for faster downloads and smaller files sizes…
Hey I found this link about Video Press, the new upgrade for Word Press. It looks pretty cool and if you are looking to upload your videos to you blog and don’t want to use YouTube then it;s a great option! Personally though I think uploading to YouTube is always a good idea because it allows you to access a larger community and bring more people to your blog.
I’d recommend you check it out though, it might be something you want to use as well ass YouTube.
Hey! I’ve hade over a thousand views on one of my YouTube videos recently! <3 That is so awesome! I can’t wait to get more videos up there when I’ve got some more stuff to show you. No idea how that one got to 1000 and the others are still at 200-300 but YAY That one must be extra special :3