I spent most of the morning working on my video commentary and came up with a few tips for anyone who needs help and runs a Mac. For starters, I used MPEG Streamclip with Perian installed to trim out movie clips from a movie (.avi) saved on my computer. To capture a clip from a movie saved on your computer: 1. Find the time interval (i.e. hr:min:sec) your clip runs through and write it down; I did this while watching the movie with QuickTime. 2. Open the movie file in MPEG Streamclip 3. At the top of the screen: Select Edit->Go to time… 4. Enter the time selection you recorded. When you’re done, note that this part of the film is highlighted in the bar under the video. 5. Edit->Trim (cuts out the highlighted clip you want) 6. When you’re happy with the trim, go to File->Export as MPEG4. At least for my video files, the following export settings produced decent results after uploading to YouTube. The encoding time was fairly short, too.
- Compression: H.264
- Quality: 100%
- Limit data rate: 600 kbps
- Frame size: 16:9
- Turn “deinterlace” on
Then export as .mp4 and your video should upload to YouTube. I’m currently in the process of importing the clips to iMovie, so I haven’t tested uploading after creating my commentary. Importing to iMovie has been the most time-consuming step so far (maybe my files are big because of the 100% quality preservation?), but at least the waiting time’s allowed me to compose this post. These steps may not work for everyone, but I thought they might be worth sharing. Here’s a test clip I created and uploaded to YouTube using these settings. (For copyright reasons, YouTube won’t let me embed this clip into my post.) I hope this helps anyone who’s as confused as I was!
Okay, since the video’s blocked on YouTube, here’s the version uploaded to my WP media: Busted