I'm using CS6 on Windows 7 and have .mts files that are approximately 35-40 minutes each. I need to get these to someone else so they can view them on a Windows 7 machine. The original files are 1440x1080. I thought if I exported them using the AVI preset it wouild knock the size down considerably (I have to upload these to an FTP site so they really should be fairly small file sizes). Unfortunately, it's only about 1/5 of the way through the first file (approximately 7-8 minutes) using Media Encoder and the file is already 1.5GBs! I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I need to get these out today!
Filesize = Bitrate x Number of frames.
Use a codec like H.264 that is very effective in compression, reduce the number of frames as much as possible while still acceptable, for instance 15 fps, and reduce the bitrate to give you acceptable file sizes.
400MB for 35 minutes is tiny. My normal exports for YouTube are over 60Mb per minute! My camera records at 540MB per minute so that is a LOT of compression.
Who worries about bandwidth and file sizes anymore? Really?
If your client is still using a dial up connection, then perhaps you need to deliver on DVD. Or, as suggested, use a private setting on YouTube.
The problem is that I have to upload them to an FTP site and our upload speeds are not very fast. Also, from what I understand, the end user is not very savvy. I'm sending the raw shoot without any edits so, to a point, I'm not really concerned about how it looks; she just wants to use it as a guide (it's a training video that I shot of someone else that she wants to use as a guide for her training). I'll be more concerned with the quality of final product ... 20 hours of video on DVDs!
All the more reason to upload to Vimeo or YouTube.
20 hours of training means several days of training, say 3 to 5 days. Make DVD sets to reflect the different days. Day 1, day 2, day 3, etc. and use between 2 to 4 DVD's per day in a single multi-disk box. That keep it organized and high quality.
EXACTLY! That's the plan. She was actually here two weeks but training only took place the first four days. I have to edit out all the dead air, mistakes, and anything not specifically related to the training, then add a few dozen computer screen shots and create the finished product, which will probably sit on a shelf and never be looked at again .