What codec did you use for export? - Both QuickTime and AVI are containers, like a bottle. For a short movie we actually used a iPhone for some effect shots. To our surprise, the iPhone does not record with a fixed frame rate, it varies depending on lighting conditions, which introduced a lot of problems in editing.
You mean the output module? Sorry, but I'm still pretty new to a lot of the tech terms. But my render settings were: "Render Settings: Best Settings (and tried Current Setitngs) Output Module: I tried Lossless, RAM Preview, Windows Media, WAV, Quicktime, and MPEG2-DVD.
As for the video, it wasn't really a short film, but more of a vlog. I had my phone set up on a stable tripod, unmoving, with two lamps pointed at me while I talked.
Well, now it gets a bit complicated, sorry. The output module has some standard settings, not neccesesarily those you need. So, your first or second try was probably "Lossless", all bright and shiny, but your computer weren't able to play it back.
Since you are on Windows you might want to try Windows Media again, but this time tweak the settings a bit, you can do that by clicking directly on them in the render queue. Go for a higher bitrate (try 5000 kBit/s) and adjust your output resolution.
I tried that, the video looks good but the audio still sounds crappy. I tweaked the audio seetings to 10kbps, 11.025KHz, which was the highest setting. In addition to all that it repeats the first 15 seconds of audio before continuing on with the rest, knocking everything way out of sync.
**correction: 10kbps is the top setting, not the best. 20kbps is best, and I'm trying it now
great news! I fiddled with the audio settings, and came across the Windows Media Audio 10 codec. long story short, everything's in sync, audio quality is beautiful, etc etc.
Thank you so much, you are a god among men. I hope when you get your mail monday morning you find a $100 bill on the sidewalk.
For anyone else who has a similar problem, my settings were;
Codec: Windows Media 9 Advanced Profile
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Maximum Bitrate [kbps]: 5000
Image Quality: 100
Keyframe Interval: 5 seconds
Buffer Size: 1 second
Bitrate Mode: Constant
Codec: Windows Media Audio 10 Professional
Audio Format: 32kbps, 32kHz, 2 channel 16-bit CBR
Once again, many thanks to Zikade