I’m trying to experiment with it.
Anyway, the software that I’m using:
- SUPER by Erightsoft (video encoder)
- Modified Virtualdub (the modified version that can open *.VOB DVD files including its audio content and *.wmv files)
- Windows Movie Maker
Anyway, youtube’s recommendation is:
- DivX codec
- 320x240 pixels
- MP4 extension
- MP3 audio output
See this video:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=i0uugbwLL9I (Scorpions concert)
Here’s what I did
- I took the bonus VCD from their Ballads Audio CD.
- Trimmed the Still Loving You part using Virtualdub
- Saved the croppep part as raw AVI (I assume there’s no quality loss here)
- Encoded the video to MP4 using Erightsoft’s SUPER
- Extension: MP4
- Video Output Container: DIVX
- Resolution: 320x240
- Frame Rate: 30
- Video bitrate: I forgot the settings I used. Maybe 1248
- Audio Output Container: AAC (Super doesn’t have mp3 option when converting videos to MP4)
- Audio Sampling Frequency: 44100 (Stereo)
- Audio bitrate: 128
Anyway, quality is so so.
I tried other samples (tweaked the settings a bit)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=bOF9rFdgTPw (TMNT trailer)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nAm5zVBRyJc (random love scene from a movie)
http://youtube.com/watch?v=RnTO6SaudGs (Creed - Higher (music video))
- Downloaded the high resolution trailer (*.mov format) from the official website.
- Encoded using SUPER
Love scene procedure
- Opened the VCD file using Virtualdub
- Trimmed the content with it, and saved the file as raw AVI.
- Encoded using SUPER
Creed music video procedure
- Encoded the *.vob video file directly using SUPER (since the vob file that has the video only has this as its content, there’s no need for trimming).
The settings for these 3 are:
Video Codec: Divx
Audio Codec: MP3
Frame Rate: 30
Audio Sampling Frequency: 44100 (Stereo)
TMNT is impressive
The love scene clip is OK (the film was made old school style so the picture is not that vibrant, but the converted video file is impressive).
The Creed video got f*cked up. I’m not sure why, maybe I used another version of the DIVX codec (DX50???) since it saves space better. The saved file look good on my PC but when I uploaded it to youtube, the quality loss got very visible.
This one is the best that I’ve done so far:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=mAwGedoyIec My Immortal by Evanescence
- Open the *.vob file using virtualdub. In this case, the copy I got has this video in anamorphic mode, so this is the best quality that things could get. The Creed vid was just in a 4:3 vob file. It’s not anamorphic but the youtube video turnout shouldn’t be as bad as that.
- Trim the needed clip. Save it as raw AVI.
- Open the AVI file using Windows Movie Maker
- Save as WMV.
Surprisingly, the video output after uploading it to youtube was effective. No mp4 extension, no 320x240 resolution, but just direct upload after the WMV conversion. The audio just got too low but I can deal with that.
What set of procedures do you use?
Youtube’s prescribed settings don’t seem to be that good.