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    Best balance of file size to quality

    When using the CODECs that come with SE 2.6, what's the best balance of file size to quality level?

    I'm trying to keep the file sizes down without sacrificing too much quality. I'm definitely not a big fan of color banding.

    Video output format .WMV or .MOV.

    Audio is 16-bit 44Khz.
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    To give you an idea of the size of files I'm seeing, I'm getting the following for a 2-hour video at 720p:

    7 GB for a .WMV file.

    8 GB for a .MP4 file.

    and a whopping

    38 GB for a .MOV file.

    Interestingly, the .MOV Quicktime doesn't look any better than the other two -- despite its massive file size.

    I'd like to get at least one of these formats down to less than 1 GB without much (or any) noticeable quality loss. I'm leaning toward .WMV.

    Any suggestions?
    Favorite Waves: LW3.5, 5.6c, 7.5, 8.5, 9.6, 2015.

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    H.265

    Quote Originally Posted by jbrookes View Post
    To give you an idea of the size of files I'm seeing, I'm getting the following for a 2-hour video at 720p:

    7 GB for a .WMV file.

    8 GB for a .MP4 file.

    and a whopping

    38 GB for a .MOV file.

    Interestingly, the .MOV Quicktime doesn't look any better than the other two -- despite its massive file size.

    I'd like to get at least one of these formats down to less than 1 GB without much (or any) noticeable quality loss. I'm leaning toward .WMV.

    Any suggestions?
    Find the GoPro AVI codec (cineform) and install
    Render the video out with that codec from SE then use handbrake or some other program to render out as a h.265(HEVC) .mp4 file you can go down to a bit rate of 3 or 4 and the quality still holds up
    Vimeo will allow h.265 uploads and I think Youtube and Facebook as well

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    Thanks! I'll give that a try.
    Favorite Waves: LW3.5, 5.6c, 7.5, 8.5, 9.6, 2015.

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