First, what codec?
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
For Mac http://mediainfo.massanti.com/
Thanks so much for the codec and wrapper info, was going to ask about that sooner than later. Here is the screen shot after I downloaded Media Info (even though I'm on a Macbook Pro).
I have been reading a lot of the links, but also have to edit 4 videos before Monday morning, honestly, sad to say I still don't know what codec it is. The site it took me to was quicktime, after reading those links I got the impression codecs were something completely different.
Thanks Jim and John.
I have scoured the internet trying to find the best settings when considering quality and size. I used to use H.264 for quite a long time. Just yesterday though I switched to QuickTime believe it or not.
Here is the exporting guide I wrote with all the settings and screens shots of video comparisons after being uploaded to YouTube.
Hope this helps!
It Stands for "Coder Decoder."
Your format is like a container for your video file. Certain containers can hold certain codecs and not others. Other containers can hold other codecs. Sometimes different containers can hold the same codecs.
This might be a bad analogy but I'll give it a try.
A coffe cup (container) can hold pretty much any liquid you drink, where a red solo cup (container) won't hold scolding water. So, the coffe cup would be your container of choice most likely because it has the most options for liquids (codecs). But, you might want a red solo cup for just a single crappy beer at a party (a moderate quality streaming video on the web). In that case, you don't need all the optoins of another container.
In Premiere Pro CC H.264 is a Container and the Codec in one option. This has been streamlined for web distrobution of video to be played in browsers without things like Flash or special players.
Were as if you choose the QuickTime Container there are over 40 codec optoins (at least on my machine with additinal ones installed) but you may run into an issue where your browser doesn't support QuickTime playback.
I would say that your container is for compatability with players and your codec is taken into consideration when looking at the quality of the compression.
Yesteraday I wrote a blog entery on Exporting from Premiere Pro and found that the MPEG-4 codec inside of the QuickTime container gave me much richer colors than the H.264 container/codec option.
I posted the link before but here it is: