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Hello

Can anyone help out? I am trying to convert footage to MP4 format to upload to my website. The codec I usually use in QuickTi,me Conversion (H.264) isn't suitable for this particular project which contains mainly 16mm telecined footage and digitized 35mm photographic stills. I have tried other options but they all look terrible. I successfully converted the same project to avi.

Any ideas?

Thanks 

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Hi Brighid,

Can you say a bit about why H264 is not suitable?  What goes wrong with the other codecs? How are you combining the different formats ? What apps are you using ?

cheers,

Barbara

Any progress ?
I'm away for a week from tomorrow night, so get back to me on what software you are nsing, version numbersb etc ?
Bx

Hi Barbara

I have just gone through various options again. H264, along with MP4-Improved give an extremely pixilated result. The different formats are all combined on the timeline in FCP 5.1.4. I think it must be something to do with the original 16mm footage being telecined as I have the same problem with another film which is all 16mm footage. I tried the options for download and for streaming to see if there was any difference, but both are pretty dreadful, particularly the streaming option.

Thanks

Brighid

Is it urgent ? When I come back in a week I could look and see the original files and how you are compressing them. It's hard tell without looking.

You need to decide on the sequence settings for the majority of the footage, then adjust the frame size of the rest to fit with as little distortion as possible.
Compression can be tricky.
Are you using Compressor ? Adobe encoder? Sorensen squeeze ? Or just from FCP ?
Best to export a QuickTime reference file and compress it using compressor or one of the others.

Anyhow, willing to help when I get back,
B

Hi Barbara

It's not urgent as you will have realized. I'm just using FCP. I haven't used Compressor yet as it looks fiendishly tricky! But I think I need to get acquainted with it as I use 16mm on a reasonably regular basis. 

Thanks for getting back to me - I will take another look at it.

Brighid

I'm back now Brighid. Don't know where you are living now, but if you want me to have a look I can come over and help you sort a workflow. B :-)

Hi Barbara

I'm now living near Bishop Auckland which is too far for you. However, I am still working at the Baltic so could maybe come your way after work one evening if you are not too far away? Don't know when would be convenient.

Thanks

Brighid

Yes, just let me know when you are in town and we can arrange for you to swing by. I'm also quite good at boiling a kettle !

B

Thanks Barbara, I will let you know. 

Brighid

I will be in Spennymoor attending a creative business seminar next Thursday 1st Nov. That finishes about 1-1.15 pm which means I could continue up the A1 towards Newcastle if you are around that afternoon. I would expect to be in Newcastle By 2pm, depending on traffic.

Let me know if this would be ok for you.

Thanks

Brighid

Ah,sorry Brighid, Thursday and Monday afternoons are now not good for me. Any time up until 2 on those days would be ok.
Try again ?
B

13th or 14th are OK at present Brighid. Have you still got my address and phone number. Neither have changed?

B

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