Can someone please recommend a read/ video that explains the difference between the formats avaliabliable (the DPX, H.264, and QuickTime) when rendering video in photoshop?
I did already read through the article below, but it only seems to mention these formats (rather than explain the differences between them) and doesn't mention DPX at all (a CPS format is mentioned instead - I think the article might be a bit outdated?)
thanks Nancy and Dave for the links - I'll give them a read 🙂
I was (still am, actually) trying to sort making gifs - sometimes (when the colour range/ scale of artwork's too big for a gif format to handle) the gif comes out looking odd colour-wise and so, I had been advised by community in a separate thread, to render it as video and turn into gif outside of photoshop. And this is what got me exploring and trying to find out what all those different formats are 🙂
Choosing video formats is a complicated business. The factors include
- the "container" (file type)
- the "codec" (type of compression)
- the "bitrate" (bigger bitrates make bigger files)
If you are making a video to be processed by another app, we'd normally recommend a very high quality setting, which would make huge files. But this would be a waste of time, and GIF maker would probably not read it. GIF is such a very, very poor quality format that nothing really matters except that the video can be read. GIF is limited to 256 colours which may account for your poor results, but it has the same colour range as any other video.
To make a video that can be read my most consumer apps, I recommend H.264. This happens also to be the video format that is used to put videos on web sites; it makes an .MP4 file.