Thursday 29 April 2004 — This is 19 years old. Be careful.
We’re using Adobe Premiere Pro to edit movies. I have not been able to figure out how to get smaller MPEGs from it. I use the Adobe Media Encoder to generate the MPEGs, and it has a bewildering array of options and sliders, but nothing I do changes the size of the output file. I export a two-minute movie at quality 5, and it looks fabulous but takes 97 Mb. I change the settings to quality 1, lowest bitrates, etc, and now I have a movie that looks like crap, and the file size is... 97Mb.
I’m importing the movie clips from a digital video camera, and they arrive as AVI clips. Is there something I need to do there to make the file smaller? Does anyone have an answer? This is one of those questions that seems impervious to web searches.
I ended up getting the DVD Studio Pro which allows more flexibility because of the great compressor that it comes with. You should try iMovie first though.
You can check out what people do with iMovie and iPhoto at this great site
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