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A very good question.
Premiere has a YouTube export feature, however it's terrible. I've exported with it, and the quality is terrible, so terrible in fact, I have no clue why that export function is even there.
I have tried exporting in many different formats, and nothing however seems to get very good quality on YouTube. :-(
Suffice it to say that every time you convert from one format to another you're losing quality. It doesn't help you that;
a: YouTube's video spec is hardly top quality,
b: The Mpeg you're starting with is terribly lossy,
c: The MPEG1 file you're using as an intermediate choice is terribly old and inneficient.
There have been quite a few suggestions made on these forums, from exporting as Flash FLV files, to exporting as H.264 Quicktime files. I've had good results using WMV as an intermediate format (despite what YouTube help says). Do try and limit the amount of conversion, so set your resolution to what YouTube displays.
Here's what YouTube have to say on the matter.
The YouTube help file isn't very helpful. They aren't very clear at all which mode is really the best.
I uploaded 2 videos today, one at 640x480 and one at 320x240 ( both in .wmv format )(5,000 kbps ) and I just don't see any difference between them.
I also only shoot in HD wide format, so the 320x240 doesn't even do it for me, nor does the 640x480, and YouTube provided absolutly no option for those of us who do, so you end up with black borders.
It's all a bit depressing.
I have many options available to me, so what is the best option ? does anyone here done any upload tests, and then checked the quality ? Upload in .flv, or .mov ? , .wmv ?
I'm also guessing that if I upload a great quality 5,000 kbps video in .wmv format, YouTube will then look at that, and now down-convert that, which now just now tears apart any quality you tried to get into your video. There must be a specific bitrate that YouTube likes, however they do not mention this on their website.
It's too bad nobody out there had a blog set up with YouTube tests.
I honestly don't know why Premiere has a YouTube preset, has anyone here had a great experience with it ?
Before uploading, I convert the file with QuickTime Pro to h.264, 480x360 pixels at 29.97fps, better quality, and with a keyframe every 30 frames. The audio is set to AAC, VBR 96-110, 32k stereo. It still looks better when you click the button that makes it 320X240.
I only have one video up on Youtube anymore, but it is a decent quality for Youtube.
If you want to see some really great footage, search Youtube for "Deity".
The Mr. Deity footage is where I got the instructions shown above.
I just found a video with a tutorial by using flv so i'm testing it out.
Thanks for the information.
I am puzzled about something. Don't your videos look squeezed
when they are at 480x360 ?
I did a test, and converted a video ( HD format ) and right away with those dimensions, it looked more like a 4x3 format. I went ahead and uploaded the video to YouTube, and sure enough, even there, the video is squeezed / squished, and doesn't look correct.
480x 360 doesn't look right .
For example 720x480 is a real HD size, but this doesn't work
out to 480 x 360 when you scale it down.
Heidi, let us know how you get on.
David, if you're starting with widescreen then you'll need square pixel widescreen resolution. NTSC square pixel widescreen resolution is 864x486, so 432x243 is a good place to start. If Youtube doesn't want to play nice, don't be afraid to add your own letterbox bars in a 4:3 aspect ratio clip. You will not maintain your high quality HD footage on YouTube. All you can do is compromise and produce something that is subjectively similar.
480X360 is a square pixel 4:3 arrangement. Youtube does not allow widescreen, so you need to letterbox in a 4:3 if you want to shoot and present 16:9.
I took my widescreen footage, output to 480x360 just now, but changed some of the settings in Adobe Media encoder:
I changed the: Pixel Aspect Ratio from "widescreen" to :Square Pixels and then exported the video. It still looks squeezed.
I then exported again, changing the Pixel Aspect Ratio box to :Standdard 4x3, yet when exported, it still looks squeezed.
What am I doing wrong here gentlemen ?
> Before uploading, I convert the file with QuickTime Pro to h.264, 480x360 pixels at 29.97fps, better quality, and with a keyframe every 30 frames. The audio is set to AAC, VBR 96-110, 32k stereo. It still looks better when you click the button that makes it 320X240.
> If you want to see some really great footage, search Youtube for "Deity".
> The Mr. Deity footage is where I got the instructions shown above.
While i think this is a good recipe, keep in mind that Mr Diety is acquiring good quality footage to start with, and perhaps more significant, there is almost no motion in his vids, often has a plain white background or similar. An encoding panacea.
I USUALLY EXPORT TO DV AVI AND THEN RUN IT THRU THE DIVX COMPRESSOR. DIVX REDUCES THE FILE SIZE GREATLY AND DOESNT SEEM TO MESS UP THE QUALITY, IN FACT THE COMPRESSED QUALITY IS QUITE GOOD. DIVX SELLS FOR AROUND $39 AND I THINK IT WAS WORTH THE PRICE.
BAD EYES, CANT SEE WHAT IM DOING
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