Compressor: Distributed Encoding

If you have a video which you wish to convert to display on the Internet, then you will probably need to use some encoding software to make the difference on your system. Most types of Apple video software now come with a system which allows you to use distributed encoding on your video. Using this kind of system will help to prevent your video from looking like a poor quality webcam shot, and take you from cell phone pics to top-quality video manipulation. In order to use this encoding with your compressor, you will need to know how to manipulate your video so that it can be processed by the software.

Materials Needed

  • Compressor software
  • Video file
  • Computer

Step 1: Using the Compressor

The purpose of the compressor is to take your basic work from the video, and turn it into something that video Internet sites, such as YouTube, can understand. In order to turn what you have recorded into this medium, it needs to be turned into a FLV, or Flash video format. A number of these systems suggest that you buy an additional instrument, which will convert your files to DivX. This is not necessary, as YouTube and other Internet files will usually re-compress the videos in order to convert them to their own digital language. It is therefore much simpler just to perform the basic digital encoding on your own computer, and then upload it to YouTube for the rest.

Step 2: Create a Custom Preset

The first step in making the system work for you is to create a system preset which you can customize to your own needs. Open up the Settings window in your Presets tab in the Compressor screen. You will see a small button with a plus sign. Click this to call up a menu. From this menu list, choose the QuickTime Movie menu. You will then have created a preset which will help you to upload documents. Name this preset so that you can find it easily, and then cluck again on the settings button.

Step 3: Customize the Preset

Click again on the settings, and then go into the Compression Type menu. From this, pick Photo-JPEG, and then add a frame rate set at 30. Open up the Compressor Depth menu, and set the color to medium. Press OK when you have finished arranging the colors as you choose.

Step 4: Confirming the Encoding

Now that you have completed the encoding, you will need to go around and check that the size of your video matches that of the Internet site where you wish to display it. Choose a size that is suitable for your format. For example, in YouTube, you will be best off using a size of 425x318. This can easily be written into your Compressor Preset. Once you have the basics understood, you will be able to go into the Preset and change whatever you like, however you choose. Try experimenting with the different settings to get exactly the right encoding for your video.

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