How do I get the best video quality out of iMovie, I film in full HD with a lavalier mic plugged into the camera. I am using an early 2009 Macbook Polycarb, with 2ghz core 2 duo and 2gb ram. Thanks!ï»¿ P.S: I am using iMovie '09.
Answer by catchatyou · Dec 27, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Sometimes, the best way to explain something is through pictures!
Share in the menubar:
Then, click "`Export Using Quicktime...`"
You'll see this window pop up:
Make sure you save it as a Quicktime .Mov:
When you click "`Options`" from the popup window (`Save Exported File As...`), you'll get this window (`Movie Settings`):
From there, you'll want to click on "`Settings`" under the video options. You'll see the following image. Too get the best quality, I always choose "`H.264`" as the compression type. Make sure that you follow my Compressor settings; you may wish to adjust the data rate to get better size or have a set FPS. Personally, I like to get the best quality possible, so I don't touch those until after the file has been exported.
If you want to know how to get file size smaller for uploading to the Internet, I use MPEG Streamclip to set a constant data rate. In my experience, MPEG Streamclip does a much better job compressing compared to exporting from iMovie (as far as quality is concerned).
Now that you've set the encoding options, you'll want to make sure that the size is correct, so under the
Movie Settings window, click "Size...". You'll then be greeted with the following Window:
You should select the size based on what your input size was. Here are some of the other options:
Now that you're back to the
Movie Settings window, go to "`Settings`" for the sound. You'll be greeted with this window:
These are my preferred options for the best sound.
This may be a little bit too well explained for you, but I was hoping to make myself as clear as possible. Be aware that the export times may take a while depending on how long your project is.
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