You should not expect the quality of a compressed H.264 file
to match the quality of the original media file.
Try exporting to a lossless format for quality comparison
with your original material... any other compressed format
will introduce varying amounts of quality loss.
It might be helpful for you to post 'before & after' images
of the degradation you are seeing in your H.264 encode.
as I said... quality suffers..
That's a very subjective and far too general complaint for us to begin to try and correct it. It might be most expedient if you could upload an original clip and that same clip exported using your normal work flow. Wrap them up in a ZIP file.
Well, as joe and Jim have said, it is difficult to help without a little more information. First of all, congratulations on getting the 5D Mark III. I researched it yesterday after a discussion about bit rates. If you are using the all I-Frame setting, you should be getting some very good video, assuming all of the correct composition, lighting, settings, etc.
What I can tell you is that the Vimeo preset uses 5Mb/s whereas the YouTube preset uses 8Mb/s. That can be significant with some footage, and not so much with other footage. So I suppose the first question is: are you using Vimeo?
I have done extensive research on the difference between my camera's video and photographs scaled to the same frame size and the video is not bad. I had the assistance of one of the smartest video guys I know so I am confident of the analysis.
Not great, but not bad. And the problems require about a 300% zoom to really analyze them. But that is not your issue. You want to see your video exported as clean as it was imported. That isn't possible, but you might be able to get closer if you post a few seconds of video that you want to export, and then post the export, along with a screen shot of your settings (unless you are truly using the default). Then we can all try it and see what happens.
You might want to shoot 10 seconds of something with no motion at all. Then 10 seconds of a lot of motion. It would make for a better analysis. Shoot it specifically for this test. Have some text in the shot from a box or a sign, or some other sharp lines.
Please NO Deposite files.
I work at a church where I do a lot of my video work. Here is a testimony video we did of one of our members. I exported it and everything as I had said in my original post.
Let me know what you think as far as quality goes
It looks fine. The image is plenty sharp enough and I don't see more video noise than I would expect from exporting at only 5Mb/s.
However, it doesn't look like you uploaded a 1920X1080 frame size because if I turn scaling off to make sure I am looking at the proper size and getting the proper quality, It does not take up the full screen.
If you upload a 1920X1080 is will look like this. Play it at full screen on a 1920X1080 monitor with the scaling turned off and it fills the screen.
Perhaps you have scaling turned on? If so, don't do that. Or, export 1920X1080.
Its not bad for vimeo but i do find it a bit soft.
I would turn the bitrate quite a bit up.
With PP, how would I go about turning the bitrate up? Is it wise to use the Vimeo HD preset for exporting, or should I create a custom one so that I do not run into the 5Mb/s compression?
I would go for one of the HD presets, but depending the final destination of the clip: pc, media player or ....
I do use the HD presets, and most, if not all of our media is going to Vimeo.
Another concern/question I had was..
Is it okay to "Create sequence from clip"
Or should I create a custom sequence whenever I start a new project?
Yes, I highly recommend that you create your sequence from the clip. It ensures that everything matches. However, if you drop a clip on a new sequence, Premiere Pro will tell you that they don't match and give you the opportunity to change the sequence settings. You only get that one chance. Either way is fine.
I found this info on the Video uploading page:
So, since Vimeo recommends higher than 5Mb/s for 720p and even higher for those of us who pay extra to put 1080p on Vimeo, I might suggest that you use the Vimeo preset and then change the bit rate. Take it to 10Mb/s if you are exporting 720p - and if you are not paying for 1080p then don't export that way. Just export to 720p because then you have the control over how it looks rather than have Vimeo shrink it for you.
I pay extra because I like to play my videos via my Roku on my HDTV. In your case, you will have to make the decision. Is it worth it? Or is 720p good enough. Will people be playing it on 1080p screens and forget to turn scaling off? If so, pay extra. If not, why bother?
Now that I have done this research I have to wonder what Adobe was thinking when they chose 5Mb/s for HD.
Let me know what you think as far as quality goes
It'd be more meaningful if we had an original, unedited clip straight from the camera for comparison.