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How to know how many bits the file is

Community Beginner ,
Dec 17, 2022 Dec 17, 2022

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How to know how many bits the file is.

My video is 10bit files from gopro 11. Is it beneficial to post 10bit video on social media?

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Dec 17, 2022 Dec 17, 2022

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The answer ... you might have expected ... is ... definitely, maybe.

 

A larger bit-depth and less compressed file will (depending on the upload processes used by the service, which can vary some depending on region or something) tend to appear a little better on better quality screens.

 

But will not be any different on many screens.

 

So will your viewers be on a phone or a nice big TV or monitor? And what kind of 'net connection will they have?

 

I know a fair number of folks who upload ProRes or DNx 10-bit and very low compression files to attempt to get the best possible final image after YouTube/Vimeo/Whomever re-compress the file, which they all do to all media uploaded to them.

 

And many others that just send a moderately low compression H.264/5 file.

 

Your choices are many. And the answer to about any question ... is ... maybe? So test all sorts of things.

 

Neil

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Dec 18, 2022 Dec 18, 2022

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thank you for your reply. Audio files always show the "bit" in the properties, but I find that video files never show it. Is there no way to know?

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Dec 18, 2022 Dec 18, 2022

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That was just asked on the LGG forum, a pro-level forum for mostly video-post folks with a lot of them colorists. In some programs, the properties panel ("Inspector" in Resolve) will show bit-depth.

 

In Premiere, check the file in the Project panel, right-click/Properties.

 

Neil

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If it's for social media, I'd say that it is not worth it to maintain a 10-bit workflow.

 

If the finished edit is the product (let's say an episode of a television show or a feature film), then yes it is worth maintaining a 10-bit workflows.

 

 

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