I hired a re-recording mixer to mix my short film in 5.1. I successfully exported an OMF, and then set to making a video per his requirements: h264, 720pHD, High Quality.
Initially I chose an h264 YouTube 720p 23.976 preset. The re-recording mixer told me although it would open on his desktop in a quicktime player, he couldn't get it to load into Pro Tools. So, I next created another video with the h264 HD 720p 23.976 preset. And again, he couldn't get it to load.
As the export is quite long, I decided to re-compress the file in Apple Compressor. And here's the weird thing. The exported HD 720p 23.976 video wouldn't even load in compressor (although it plays fine in Quicktime).
Finally I used an Apple TV preset and exported again. 720p, 23.976. And this time, the video loaded both in Pro Tools and would open in Apple Compressor.
What don't I understand? Why the difference between h264 outputs? What would the ideal "preset" be?
I have always found that a simple .dv file is the most user friendly in a ProTools Suite.
I use these in conjunction with OMF exports of audio and it works flawlessly.
I am on a PC so not sure how that impacts in your Mac workflow.