exporting footage to .mp4

Participant ,
Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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I wish to export to .mp4 file, footage captured from VHS and miniDV tapes. What kind of settings must be used in the export pane, in order to combine optimum quality and the smallest possible file size?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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Depends on being Pal or Ntsc. VHS is most likely 4:3. Mini dv could also be widescreen. So which is it?

 

On a side note its either good quality or small file size. Cannot have both. I would go for the former.

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Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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Its Pal. As far as quality, i guess id want to have a good quality, but lower it as much as possible to the point it becomes viewable.

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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 to the point it becomes viewable.


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That is a matter of opinion, not very technical.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 21, 2021 Feb 21, 2021

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Go to the File / Export / Media... menu, and in Export Settings choose the H.264 Format and in the Preset choose Match Source - High Bitrate. With these settings, whatever your format is it will be practically the same but lighter and in MP4, even if the original quality of your video is good it will still be visibly good, but if it is bad it will also remain bad.

 

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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For a 7min VHS footage,
with the MatchSource setting i get 573mb file

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and with these settings i get a 150mb file

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The quality seems the same.
What do u think?

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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There are many variables that define why you need a video with high quality or low quality, I cannot give you that answer, in fact it is you who decides what quality you need or is convenient for you. If you see that 2/20 Mbps suits you well then use that setting, otherwise you can go testing and rehearsing to reach a balance between quality and size.

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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Can u define a couple of those variables just so i can understand what might those be?

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Feb 22, 2021 Feb 22, 2021

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- Why do I need the video clip.
- What is the purpose of that video clip.
- Where am I going to upload it.
- Where am I going to project it.
- I like it light and in poor quality or I like it heavier but in better quality.
- Etc etc.

 

That is, you are the one who must decide the quality and weight of your clip with the tools you have and based on your needs.

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