Don't you have anything better in terms of quality, like 21+ Mbps? 7 or 5 is cutting it very, very thin to get something more than very mediocre quality.
Yes I do but won't these make the final file larger? 7 is good enough for what I'm doing. My main concern is if these settings affect file size, which I'm guessing it does.
Yes, the better the quality and the higher the bitrate, the more space it takes. But who cares? 1 TB drives now abound for around € 42, so what does it matter if your files are a bit larger but you have much better quality?
Okay thanks for clearing that up. The reason is because our customers need to download these videos from our site and we need them to do it as fast as possible through the site and keep them lean because of crummier connections that may exist out there.
I am no internet guy. I have just been told to try and decrease if possible, for example, 40mb 3 minute HD videos to something smaller....if possible. 7mbps is great quality in my opinion, I use excellent lighting so that always helps.
My next step is just to lower the bitrate a little and see how much it suffers, of course, it probably won't be worth it too much, we'll see.
Use whatever looks good to you and satisfies the client/consumer--only you can judge that. Naturally, a lower bitrate will produce a smaller file at the expense of image quality, but I deliver HD spots for broadcast that often compress down to about 4-5Mbps, depending on the content of the spot. As long as you're not planning to send these out to film for theatrical release, you'll be fine
You can safely ignore the calls to needlessly spend money if what you're doing is working for you.