the last couple of days, a process that has been slower than I expected
because of the specific requirements for uploading video. Five minutes
or less and smaller than 10MB. Now, 10MB sounds like nothing. I could
only fit 2 seconds in that much, you might think.
- Resize: Nobody needs a DV size for the internet. If your final
destination isn’t a television set or projector, make it smaller.
Pick a compressor wisely. I would recommend using H.246 at medium
quality. It’s pretty damn great. It’s what Vimeo suggests you use. In
fact, their tutorial for making videos small is pretty good. Check it
- Make your sound MONO. Who cares if there’s two channels. Probably
it’ll be seen on a computer and heard via tiny little speakers, so
there’s no point in having stereo.
If you still can’t get it under 10MB then play around with sound
quality, video quality in compression and key frame rate (less keyframes = less MBs). The video won’t necessarily
look amazing, but we’re all bound to show shitty versions of our work
for an online submission form. Remember that the people looking at your
submission know this, and that everyone’s on the same boat.
Here’s the settings I used for my compressed video:
In Final Cut, you get to these options by exporting using Quicktime Conversion.
Finally, some last words of advice with compressing video:
Don’t wait. Do it now. It’ll take about twice as long as you thought it would.
WATCH THE WHOLE THING BEFORE SUBMITTING. Make sure it works. This
sounds obvious, but video fails at the most inopportune moments.