Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

26 November 2005

Making a Video

I finally fired up Final Cut Studio a couple weeks ago and played around with it. I could have lots of fun with this suite of programs. Especially if I read the manual.

When I exported my final project, it ended up, at full quality, to be around 1.2GB. That’s big. I wanted to send it to my buddy Vance for his approval, or at least for him to see it and get some kicks and grins out of it. So, I exported it as a smaller version, this time using the H.264 format that Apple’s pushing. (In fact, it’s not an Apple-specific thing, H.264 is a part of the MPEG-4 standard.)

How big was it? Well, let me tell you, I was impressed. Hold onto your hats, it was 17MB. That’s right folks. We went from 1200MB to 17MB (that’s less than 1.5% of the original size). I was a fan of H.264 to begin with, but this is killer. Everybody should use this. I’ll say it, Quicktime is the best format for video ever. This has nothing to do with my Apple super-fan status, and everything to do with Quicktime being the best ever.