This will be due to your Export/Share settings. What are these?
By using the correct Export/Share Preset, you can greatly reduce the file sizes.
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Another issue is that this camcorder records to a Flash drive -- and so, although it records in MP4, it's not a true AVCHD MP4, as Premiere Elements supports.
In other words, the MP4s you're getting out of the program are very different than the MP4s going in.
In fact, you may even run into some problems editing video from that camera in longer projects. This new breed of camcorder is, after all, designed for portability and convenience -- not for creating editable video, unfortunately.
The export settings I've been using so far are these:
Share>Personal Computer>MPEG, then under the preset tab, I choose HD 720P 30, enter a name and location, then hit save.
There is that "advanced" and "share workarea bar only" settings, but I've never messed with those.
I had no idea that flash-based cameras produce slightly different results then other camera types,. I really do love this camera, it's served me very well so far and I'm happy with it, so I don't regret not going for a Tape or HDD one.
The longest movie I've done so far is around 11 minutes, and I haven't run into any other problems that you've suggested, just the file size increasing issue.
Yes, you are exporting as MPEG2 720p rather than H.264 720p. In Share>Mobile Phones and Players select the Sony PSP, high quality prest. Then go into Advanced and set the Profile to High and Level to 4.0, the frames size should change to 1280x720. Then adjust the bitrate to achieve yoru target file size. Note dont believe the predicyed file size that PE7 displays, do a few trials.
Note, however, that this still won't be the same video as your camcorder produces -- but it should be greatly reduced in size.
Thank you so much! I followed your suggestions and the end result was just what I was looking for. I'm gonna keep tinkering around with it, but overall the file sizes are far, far, lower then they were when I was exporting as MPEG2.
Just one other quick question though; Like you said, I noticed how the bitrate affects the overall file size, but what other benefit is there to having the bitrate at, for example, 20Mbps instead of 12Mbps?
Thank you once again.
I will keep that in mind Steve, thank you.
I was able to lower my file sizes dramatically, and so far there's been no other problem, but if one should arise, I know where to come for the answer.
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The bitrate determines the quality... the higher bitrate the higher the quality. However, the quality at a certain bitrate is format dependant. Some formats are more highly compressed than others. For example an H.264 file with a bitrate of 15Mb/s can have the same quality as an MPEG2 file at 25Mb/s... the H.264 is more highly compressed. Of course there is always a down side... more highly compressed video takes more computer resourses to play them back.
In very general terms, there are three things that one must consider, when Exporting:
1.) Quality (bit-rate)
2.) File Size (bit-rate and compression scheme)
3.) Playability (usually compression scheme)
It can be a real balancing act, especially when dealing with the first two. Quality will go down, if bit-rate gets too low. File Size will go up if bit-rate is too high.
Also, the exact footage can mean that one will have to compromise on File Size, to get adequate Quality. Some footage will just require a higher bit-rate to look as good.
For #3, much can be determined by the delivery format. Some CODEC's compress very well, and allow Quality to stay high. However, one must figure in how they plan on distributing the final material. Some CODEC's are more universal, than others.
Ah I see, that makes sense to me. Thank you again very much, Paul.
That's is also very helpful, I will keep that all in mind for the next video I make. Thanks Hunt.