Video Editing Tips

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n case you want to make videos while aboard ship here are some suggestions, while filming and when doing the final edit and output.

Digital camera work results in a disk file which contains "frames" in the classical "film" sense that only remotely resembles what most of us are familiar with. In fact a real(full) frame is only captured once every so many "frames". The other frames are called "differential". For instance, 30 frames per second is like old films were done. Digitals may only have one "key" frame every 1 second or so, the in between ones are actually just "differential" ones.

This means that scenes with much motion, color, etc., in other words lots of changing detail will suffer significant degradation in the process of converting to a web intended format.

When editing for output to the WEB, if your marine video has lots of motion, cut down the length of the video. Edit out extraneous frames. Use 15 frames per second, 15 or less frame rate, which will result in one KEY frame per second. Don't use bit rates greater than what you think the majority of your viewers will have available at their internet connection. At this time(2007) not over 250kbs. Use high quality setting if you can. Set audio to 16kz or more if using music.

These settings are not suitable for TV or DVD, but of course that is the problem.

Output in Quicktime format when targeting YouTube. The YouTube display format is ".flv", but I know of few editors that will output a ".flv" file, so...

One thing you have no control over is what version of media player the viewer has. There are 9 versions of the Macromedia Flash Player . at their download center.

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