Piggies in the Movies

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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About Walter Jeffries

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7 Responses to Piggies in the Movies

  1. Julie says:

    It worked great for me. I’m using Firefox on a PC Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz, 1 GB Ram, Windows XP with a DSL connection.

  2. Anonymous says:


    I can’t thank you enough for posting that video. I haven’t heard grunting pigs like that in 15 years (when I was last on my Grandpa’s farm.) What a treasure. I was really hoping someone in the blogosphere would start putting up videos of agriculture.

    There’s a picture of you somewhere on the blog where you’re standing in a pool of piglets wearing a Miami Dolphins hat (you are, not the pigs) and they’re snuffling at your feet. I always think of how the pigs then would gather around to nibble on our rubber boots and sniff our britches. Of course, back then we weren’t nearly as collegial to them as you are to yours.

    Video worked well on Mac OSX Safari on DSL.

    Brian H, Greenville, Wisc.

  3. That was fun and it works great! I’m also using Firefox with Windows XP & DSL.

    Really nice boar.

  4. PV says:

    Walt i think you boar will make guy jealois and fall for those spam adds about wanting to be better hung!!!!!!

  5. Don says:

    It worked great for me also, using Firefox on Mac OS X.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It worked fine for me with Firefox 2.0 on Windows XP. I’m connected to multiple T1s so bandwidth is never a problem. :)


  7. Karen B says:

    That’s great how your piglets are so unafraid of you. The ones I got a week ago are wild as March hares.

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