What I want to do is so simple that I would expect 1000 freeware applications with a "one-button" solution. Yet, I find myself downloading (and learning) Adobe premiere, simply to rotare a video.
After reading many articles, listening to a Premiere tuturial and even reading 4 posts on this forum with users asking exactly how to do it, I did manage to almost get it done. But I can't seem to get the last bit proprely, so I ask for your help.
I am including the steps I took to get there, since I saw many similar questions, with few clear (and complete) answers.
So here it is: I filmed a shot clip with my camera vertical and want to rotate it horizontaly. My camera gives me .mov files that are 1280x720 @29.97fps (apparently.. not too sure why it is not 30fps but this does seems to be a standard according to the litterature I read). I want instead a movie that is 720x1280, with MINIMAL QUALITY LOST (ideally NONE), no black bars. Ideally encoded in an AVI or MPG.
Using CS6, here is what I was able to do (bear with me, 24h ago, I had never ever used Premiere...):
1- Create a new Project
2- Add a sequence, and choose Settings --> Editing mode=custom; timebase=29.97, Video size=720 x 1280; pixel aspect (1.0); fields=no fields; display=drop-frame (I am not sure if I should use drop-frame or not..??)
3- In the video previews I left "i-frame", but for some reason, the RESOLUTION in the Video preview is imposed to be 606x1079. I can't change those fields. I suppose I don't have to worry too much since it only affect a video preview that will be embedded in the AVI at export time (??)
4- Still in the new sequence window, if I click on Maximum Render Quality I get a pop-up asking to change some settings regarding rendering to memory, but nothing changes.I am not too sure if this is important or not
5- I import my video (1280 x 720), then drag it to the timeline (that is 720x1280), and click to REFUSE to change my timeline settings to match the video's settings
6- I Select the video and then go to Effect Control--> Motion--> Rotation --> -90 and it all looks GOOD. Rotated, NO BLACK BARS exactly what I want.
This is where I am having trouble: I go to EXPORT the video (select it, then ctrl+m), and in that dialog,I am unsure what to choose to lose not too much quality, and manage to get a similar sized video file. As an example, my original .mov file was 149MB for a 50 seconds video (shot with a Canon point-and-shoot camera). I tried different options, most yielding 2GB+ files (!!).
- In the source scaling, I left "scale to fit" (although I'd prefer change output size to match source, but it is greyed out!).
- In the format, I put "AVI" (mpeg4 or Quicktime do not let me input my own resolution, they are all pre-defined)
- I am not sure what "match sequence settings" mean... do I want that?
- In the "presets" there is nothing interesting... so I will change things below
- Under the video tab, for the video codec, I tried IntelIYUV, Microsoft RLE, Microsoft Video 1 and none, but nothing seems to yield an acceptable result.All
- The other settings are the same as the source: 720x1280, 29.97, progressive, square pixels and the dept is fixed at 8 bits (actually, there is a typo in the software, it says "8 bit"!)
It seems that
no matter what I try, I can't get something right. Correctly, it tells me the source is 720x1280 (the proper rotated clip), 29,97fps. But then, regarding the OUTPUT, by default I get: 720x480, 29,97fps, lower quality:100. I don't want to downscale the resolution!
- I do not select "Use maximum render quality.
After I click on export, I get a file that is way too big. Could it be the audio portion? I didn't select anything special (the audio it not important.... it is just background audio) but it does say, in the output settings, that the audio will be uncompressed.
At best, I get a file of 780MB for an original that was 150MB if I put a "quality" setting of 85.
Can anyone suggest what may be wrong, and what I should try, please? Isn't there a way to simply say: Use the same damn codec with the same damn settings as the source!!!)?