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Do a search, this has been discussed extensively, but YouTube quality is bad.
Does this version look better?
If you haven't seen this (and I don't think it has been posted here), youtube has resized their video window to "widescreen." While they say it will play older videos fine, that is not the opinion of many.
I suspect this changes the "correct" upload format, etc.
But I use vimeo.
And yes Bill, it looks a lot better and gives Wade the primary answer to his question about why some look better than others.
I understand YouTube is now 720p capable as well (&fmt=22).
The problem I have with Vimeo is that everything is transcoded to 24 fps. Great for 24p source but for 30p, not so much. The cadence never looks quite right.
Interesting. I'm just doing SD stuff.
"Does this version look better?"
Yes... the HQ option does raise the video quality from unwatchable to watchable.
But I see many videos on YouTube that look VERY VERY GOOD even in the "normal" watching mode.
There has too be a "BEST" file format to render "PP HDV 1440x1080i projects" to upload to YouTube... to get that VERY VERY GOOD look that some videos on YouTube have.
YouTubes compressors are much more kinder to some source files.
The YouTubes compressors weren't kind to my great looking "640x480 Progressive MPEG".
What's the best source file to give YouTube?