I'm creating an introductory video for readers of my webcomic. Because I know Flash, I'm creating it there. Basically it's a voiceover with some static comic images getting panned and zoomed around, with some sound effects and such.
They key thing is that I want this to be easily shared. The best way for that (I think - open to other opinions) is to get the final file uploaded to YouTube and saved as a YouTube video, which I then embed on my site. YT vids are extremely easy to share and email around. This gives me the best option for getting the most eyeballs on it.
The problem I have had in the past is that exporting a Flash file to .mov makes a MASSIVE file, size-wise. This video will be like 3 minutes long, I'm a little worried that the file size might be too big to upload to YT. Also, in general the exported .mov looks like garbage compared to the SWF.
I know you can modify the Quicktime compression settings and such when exporting, but I am not sure what the optimal settings are.
What are your thoughts? Looking for any good advice...
one option I use a lot is to export not to Quicktime but to PNG sequence. Then import that into After Effects (assuming you have AE) and add a filter (optional) and then export to MOV format. YouTube allows uploads of files up to 2GB (I am pretty sure). In fact YT has a spec sheet on what compression to use too:
Hope this helps.
I do have an older version of AE - 7 I think? I was trying to avoid using it. I know *very* little about it, and my time is very limited. But you think this would give a better result?