I am in the process of encoding some music videos for youtube. I'm currently using Steve Grisetti's suggested settings from mid-2011 here: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/623549
What I'm wondering is if the Adobe Media Encoder provided with Premiere Pro (or another such program with more features than the Premiere Elements 7 encoder) would provide better results? For example, I noticed those programs have options such as 256kbps audio, 2-pass, and Variable Bit Rate (which PE7 doesn't seem to have). Would that provide better quality? Of course, I need the very best audio possible.
Also, I've read from various other people's suggestions, that FLV is a better export choice than h264 since less recoding by Youtube is done- any truth to that?
Lastly, would exporting to 1080 instead of 720 (and therefore giving youtube users the option of choosing either 1080 or 720) be better for the long term, or is there any reason why 720 is suggested?
My videos are short and were edited from DVD vob files. I've very new to encoding so really appreciate the suggestions!
There's no real advantage to using the Media Encoder. The files will look the same.
As long as your project settings match your video source, those output settings should give you excellent quality on YouTube. About the best possible, in fact.
It doesn't matter whether you use MP4s or FLV files.YouTube will still YouTube-ify it.
Thanks for the reply. Ok, I'll stick with those settings. However, one question: there's no option for choosing 256kbps for the audio (just AAC). If it's choosing 128kbps or 192kbps AAC by default, wouldn't being able to select a higher bitrate audio (such as 256) provide better quality? (since these are music videos, I'm trying to get the best audio possible from the DVD).
I doubt that even a discerning ear to tell the original source Audio, after YouTube gets through Transcoding it for display. Also, viewers will be listening through their computer's speakers, and not a full home theater setup, where the Bit-Rate might make a slight difference. Also, most folk today, think that MP3's through ear-buds are "high fidelity."
The only plus for using AME is that once you have queued the Project up, you can do other things, while it is processing the file.