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argh.

gosh, iMovie sucks.

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toastercookie
Nov. 14th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
what version are you using? iMovie '08 is a pile of trash, but '06 is quite good, actually
lifeofmendel
Nov. 14th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
i'm pretty sure it's '08.

and it's possible it's just me. i'm a novice when it comes to understanding what sort of encoding is best for what job. All i know is that i have a particular method of encoding at home on Final Cut that works better than any of the options that i've tried to do on iMovie, and it takes a fucking long time for the stuff to encode for me to then discover that it's not what i'm looking for.
toastercookie
Nov. 14th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
They key with iMovie is to just do the quicktime save. Then you can edit the settings just like you would with the quicktime conversion deal in final cut.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 14th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
right, but for some reason the quicktime save that i'm doing here is not replicating the same sort of quality of the quicktime save i have in final cut. Either that, or the type of movie that i'm doing or the settings for that individual movie are such that it's not being friendly to me in its export, particularly when it comes to compression.

I think i may just need a more detailed lesson in the various types of compression to know what sort of compression is best used when. I'm just challenged with the task of taking something that needs fairly precise rendering to be a small size for submission, and finding the balance is not proving to be easy.
toastercookie
Nov. 14th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
What I always do is export as large of a file as possible from quicktime (like a full quality uncompressed MOV) and then use ffmpegx to compress it with. Quicktime compression will never be as good as h264 or xvid or something like that.

How small do you want the file to be / how long is it?
lifeofmendel
Nov. 14th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
it's 5 minutes and i need it to be under 25mb.

what ended up being the best was to save it as a default iMovie without the quicktime bit. That makes the filesize too big, but then i can take the file home and do the conversion like you're saying. Typically i've actually used my Quicktime Pro at home to convert it to an xvid.

The h264 protocol is what i was having problems with in iMovie. The choices that it made to deal with resolution and aliasing just fucking sucked. Again, this could be my ignorance as to how to set it up right. I'm probably going to do some online research or even try to take a course here to help me figure it out better; i can do it, but trial and error is time-costly in a situation like this, and i want to have more confidence to be able to get all of this done right the first time. A hands on class or tutorial is really what i want. i'll figure it out.

Thanks for your input though. :)
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