Posts Tagged ‘Compressor


youtube – widescreen!

Happy Turkey Day from Youtube, 16×9 widescreen is now the default viewing experience.  Here’s an embed of the In Studio show my brother Jon produces for 103 WRNR in Annapolis, MD.

Embeds are still letterboxed but if you check out this video on YouTube’s site you will see it displayed in its native 16×9 widescreen glory. Note, I am embedding the high quality version by adding “&fmt=18” to the tail of the video’s YouTube url.

The footage is captured on Canon HV20, HV30, and HF10 cameras as available (thanks again Mike the Mailman!).  Shot with a 23.98 frame rate and edited as a multiclip sequence in Final Cut Pro, the key to taking advantage of YouTube’s new widescreen presentation is choosing the appropriate Compressor export setting:


Name: H.264 for iPod video and iPhone 640×480
Description: H.264 video @ 1500 kbps, progressive, multi-pass. Audio is 44.1 kHz, stereo
File Extension: m4v
Estimated file size: 644.17 MB/hour of source
Device: iPod/iPhone VGA
Frame sync rate: 5 seconds
Video Encoder
Format: QT
Width and Height: Automatic
Pixel aspect ratio: Square
Crop: None
Padding: None
Frame rate: (100% of source)
Frame Controls: Automatically selected: Off
Codec Type: H.264
Multi-pass: On, frame reorder: Off
Pixel depth: 24
Spatial quality: 50
Min. Spatial quality: 50
Key frame interval: 120
Temporal quality: 50
Min. temporal quality: 50
Average data rate: 1.5 (Mbps)
Maximum data rate: 4 (Mbps)
Audio Encoder
Format: MPEG4
Sample Rate: 44.100kHz
Channels: 2
Bits Per Sample: 16
AAC encoder quality: high
Data rate: 128 Kbps

Or if you wanted to be super efficient, you could use this setting…


…and upload the same compression to YouTube and Vimeo.

So WTG YouTube, now can we get 720p already?

proactively • all HD all the time • peter


Pro Applications Update

Two immediate highlights I see is the addition of an SD Anamorphic Apple TV preset in Compressor and the addition of an HDV 4:2:2 codec.

My advice is to let the early adopters out there find out how well this works before trying it yourself. And if you are an early adopter, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Here’s the link to Apple’s website for the entire release notes. My highlights are:

Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 Release Notes

This section contains release information about Final Cut Pro 6.0.3.

Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard Support

Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 is compatible with Mac OS X v10.4.11 and Mac OS X v10.5.2 Leopard.

Sony XDCAM HD422 Support

Final Cut Pro 6.0.3 supports editing media in the XDCAM HD422 format. You can now choose the following XDCAM HD422 Easy Setups:

  • XDCAM HD422 1080i50 CBR
  • XDCAM HD422 1080i60 CBR
  • XDCAM HD422 1080p24 CBR
  • XDCAM HD422 1080p25 CBR
  • XDCAM HD422 1080p30 CBR
  • XDCAM HD422 720p50 CBR
  • XDCAM HD422 720p60 CBR

For more information about XDCAM HD422 format support, open Final Cut Pro and choose Help > HD and Broadcast Formats.

Exporting Stills with the Correct Aspect Ratio

When using Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 to export video to formats compatible with Apple TV, iPhone, or iPod devices, the video was scaled to the correct aspect ratio. However, exported still images were also scaled, leading to a loss in quality. When using QuickTime conversion in Final Cut Pro 6.0.3, still images are exported at their native aspect ratio.

Compressor 3.0.3 Release Notes

This section contains release information about Compressor 3.0.3.

Anamorphic Pixel Options for Apple TV

Compressor now includes options to create media files for Apple TV with anamorphic (non-square) pixel aspect ratios. The pixels are scaled by Apple TV to fit the intended aspect ratio during playback. In Compressor 3.0.3, an additional item appears in the Device pop-up menu of the H.264 for Apple Devices Encoder pane:

Apple TV SD (Anamorphic)

Apple HDV Codec 1.4

This release of Apple HDV Codec provides 4:2:2 support in Final Cut Pro.

So there’s a new HDV codec with 4:2:2 color spacing?? As far as I was aware all HDV cameras recorded 4:2:0 colors pace. Maybe this is Apple tipping it’s hand towrads upcoming NAB announcements and releases.


Compressor & Qmaster Bookmarks

Sorry for the bloggery drop off, went on a mini-vacation and also an edit suite rebuild (which is ongoing).  Got a 6500k light for the new edit suite which looks amazing.  Also got the new Dell 2408WFP in to replace the old 23″ Dell CRT.  So now the monitor setup is awesome and I have a lot more workspace for the laptop and such.  I’ll post pics of the new setup once it’s. well, set up.

Came across a bunch of useful Compressor & Qmaster bookmarks I thought I’d share.  Thanks to Ivy for the trouble shooting assist last week:

Compressor Troubleshooting Basics

Exporting from FCP using Virtual Clusters

Warwick Teale’s Virtual Cluster

Virtual Cluster Setup Walkthru

These bookmarks represent the beginnings of a new Washington, DC based user group brain dump.  We’re working out the name but look for a new wordpress blog to launch soon.  Then I can have a pro app nerdery blog and keep this blog focused on cool stuff like multiclip editing for live music productions, Color workflows for grading FCP projects, and hands on reviews of my new Matrox MXO.

Ok, maybe that’s a bit of nerdery too.  But it’s cool nerdery.

proactively • peter


YouTube Multi-Video Upload tool for Mac

Just saw a post on the FCP-L that YouTube has made its Multi Video Upload tool available for mac users. Here’s the link for the installer. From YouTube’s website:

Multi-Video Upload requires the YouTube Uploader

Have a bunch of videos to upload at one time? We want to make this easier for you!

  • Upload multiple files at once
  • Small install required
  • Each uploaded video is limited to 10 min and 1 GB

The YouTube Uploader is a small piece of software which will allow you to upload multiple videos without having to use the standard upload form.

Glad YouTube finally made this available for us Apple folks. According to Digital Heaven’s Videospace widget 5 minutes of DV NTSC should come in right at the 1024mb file size limit:


No longer do you need to upload an intermediary compression for youtube to recompress and make your movie look like crap. Now, you can upload an anamorphic DV NTSC quicktime file and let youtube create its compression directly from source media. I’ll post results from uploading Jose Gonzalez later tonite…


If you’re experiencing upload problems, check out the troubleshooting post here.

And, if you’d like to learn the optimum compression settings for YouTube’s new widescreen format check out this post.

proactively • peter

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