This should be a playable movie…
My son Ben wants to make a movie to put on his blog. He came up with a cool idea for a short video (not the above clip) and is working on doing it.
The problem is bandwidth – YouTube looks like the solution. So I’m exploring how to use YouTube to serve a video – thus this post of Piggies in the Movies. The file is 6.8MB (prior to YouTube recompressing) so that may choke dialup connections as slow as we used to have (14.4KBaud). If you’ve got a service faster than that you may be able to watch this fun little movie.
I got the best results following YouTube’s suggestion of 320×240 pixels, MPEG4, MP3 Audio (64K-mono-rec-best), 30fps (streaming enabled, server optimized) out of iMovie. The results before uploading to YouTube looked good. The results on YouTube look less good. As noted, YouTube recompresses the uploaded videos to a lower quality and they also clip a little off the start and end. To solve the clipping problem I added a little more footage. The recompression certainly explains why YouTube videos look so poor in general. Don’t blame it on the producer – it’s the distributor cutting corners. But, hey, it’s free so I can’t complain too much! :)
Note that you’ll need plugins and such turned on to watch the movie. Let me know in comments if it worked for you or not as well as what operating system and internet browser you’re using so I can figure this out. Thanks for the help in advance!
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