In this article, I'll detail the factors to consider when choosing and configuring a Final Cut Pro sequence setting, identify the alternatives for rendering from Final Cut Pro and their pros and cons, and detail how to enable and use Qmaster for accelerating encoding with Compressor. Dreadfully boring stuff for most Final Cut Pro editors (though I find it fascinating), but once you know it, you know it, and understanding these under-the-hood machinations can help preserve quality and dramatically improve encoding performance.
This is a very basic video tutorial for newbies that details how to encode for upload to UGC sites like YouTube or Vimeo. It's published on OnlineVideo.net, and I've embedded their player in the main article.
Again, it's very basic, but if you've been looking for help getting started in streaming video, you might find it useful.
I've been working with Sorenson Squeeze 7 for awhile now, and wanted to share my thoughts and experiences today, the day the software is officially released. If you have Squeeze 6.5 or earlier, the big question is whether you should upgrade or not,...
I shoot pretty much exclusively in HD now, but often render to SD DVDs. When it comes to choosing a sequence preset for Premiere Pro, I have two options, native HDV, which is the format that I typically shoot in, or 720x480 widescreen to match my DVD output. Which is better? Well, the quality difference isn't significant, but it is noticeable, and using a 720x480 sequence and shrinking the HDV video to match produces better quality.
Whenever I shoot a live performance, I have an internal debate about which functions to perform manually and which to let the camera perform. Obviously, the panning and zooming is my job; the question is whether I also take on focus and/or exposure. I shot my fifth Nutcracker season just before Christmas, which adds up to about 20 shows total, and I actually reached some clarity on this debate.