What is the intended use of these files? Internet streaming or download, Blu-ray, DVD, local computer playback, further editing somewhere else, etc...
Thanks for the quick reply and good question.
Intent is for the videos to run on a trade show display - 42" plasma. They will run in a loop.
And from a bluray disk; DVD; laptop?
was planning on just running it from a laptop, but a dvd is an option.
preference is laptop
You'll get better resolution and more options from a Laptop. You'll be able to use any of the HD export options and not really worry about file size, whereas DVD is limited to standard definition.
Thanks for the response...However, I am worried about file size as I need to send this to a show in Europe so I'll have to ftp it. And just the principle that I am wanting to understand which option would be the best in terms of great quality and smaller file size.
When you say any of the HD support options, can you be more specific?
What I am looking for is what format > preset >any video settings to be changed > any other items that are to be checked/changed.
Basically - are there any presets that you may tweak that you find get the best results in terms of efficient file size and highest quality.
Maybe another limitation should be that it will need to go on a DVD for carrying to the show.
I guess the other issue will be playback on the computer. If the file is too large, I am thinking it will not playback as smoothly...
Currently the best quality to size ratio is probably H.264. Start with that option and look for a preset that most closely resembles what you need, and tweak that if needed.