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Workflow for multimedia video sound

Hello. If someone have time and desire to share some knowledge please i want to know what are the standard format files to record sound and movies and then to save processed multimedia files. I see too that some people have issues with the gamma profiles between systems
So, i think will be good to put here in lightstalkers a guide of standard file formats or most common software to show a multimedia. Any links will be useful too. Many thanks

by Hernan Zenteno at 2009-07-20 16:07:16 UTC (ed. Jul 20 2009 ) Temperley , Argentina | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Mp3 for audio
Video depends on the camera
Master file depends on the editing system… So not such a simple question really…

The output IS your choice though. Personally i prefer flv’s as they are small and they play everywhere (you do need pay for software to achieve good results in compression though). Its really that or .mov’s. One of the issues with .mov’s is discussed in the link you mentioned. Another is that not all PC users have the quicktime software installed.

by James Chance | 20 Jul 2009 22:07 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks James. I am trying to do my first multimedia experience using new software for me like Final cut and maybe Premiere in my job because they use PC. What i found is that for photos i know how to insert a profile and calibrate my workflow so i can send for all my clients the images in jpg without have problems. Now i am figuring how to configurate a kind of system to make a multimedia and upload for example to Vimeo or for publication for a magazine or newspaper. So flv is more compatible but this kind of file is not suitable for Vimeo and don’t know what prefer a magazine web site. I don’t knew until i see the other post i mentioned that you have profiles for video. Anyone knows some 101 lessons how to set a workflow and deliver multimedia?

by Hernan Zenteno | 20 Jul 2009 23:07 | Temperley, Argentina | | Report spam→
I found this example how to reduce size and make a file for vimeo, is like chinese for me by now.

by Hernan Zenteno | 20 Jul 2009 23:07 | Temperley, Argentina | | Report spam→
Hey Hernan, Working with video is certainly more complicated then still images (unsurprisingly!) and like working with stills you end up developing your own personal workflow. It was mostly trial and error in my case (still is!!!). There is no set “system” as I see it. I guess I have kind of developed my own however, which I am happy to share….

I use FCP, and mix stills and video. My video is from an HVX 200 which uses P2 cards, which are kind of like big CF cards for video. Video is imported straight in then edited. I import stills as jegs at 2000px wide (a little bigger than needed, but bigger is better than too small!). My audio recorder produces WAV files. I generally convert audio to MP3 in compression to save on file size.

Once I have completed my work I export as “Quicktime Movie”. This yields a full size master file of my project. I use this to export compressed versions from. I generally use Quicktime Pro ($30) to compress my files as it is very simple to use. I do however have a plug-in for compressing to flv (On2). I have found that you really have to pay for software to get a decent quality flv. The encoder that comes with QTP and Flash is pretty poor.

QTP pro gives you the ability to resize/crop your file and set the amount of compression. H.264 is the way to go as standard, esp. as it produces smaller files now. One problem though is that stuff can appear washed out online and when played on a PC if produced on a mac. I haven’t found an good answer to this one yet (as discussed in the other post).

Ultimately for video you want the best looking files as small as possible so the compression is key. You can adjust the audio settings to mono and drop the bit rate in QTP which really helps with smaller files.

Again i see flv as the way to go as they will play on ANY computer, are small, and you don’t have the gamma/brightness issue.

Hope some of that helps!! :)

by James Chance | 21 Jul 2009 00:07 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks a lot, all sum.

by Hernan Zenteno | 21 Jul 2009 02:07 | Temperley, Argentina | | Report spam→
Don’t record your audio in mp3, if possible — record at the highest quality possible, which is usually an uncompressed format like WAV, AIFF etc. The problem with recording in mp3 is that when you re-compress your video or multimedia presentation later, you get a lot of garbage because of the double-compression. Recording in the highest possible quality is sort of like shooting RAW… there are lots of good reasons.

by [former member] | 21 Jul 2009 13:07 | Dharamsala, India | | Report spam→
Many thanks Peter. A link i found about tips to record sound

by Hernan Zenteno | 22 Jul 2009 17:07 | Temperley, Argentina | | Report spam→
Sorry, yes. my post was misleading… I record audio as .WAV but then compress to MP3 in post to save on space.

by James Chance | 22 Jul 2009 18:07 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
Any more. I don’t believe that in that big community there are no more persons than can share a few tips of experience in multimedia.

by Hernan Zenteno | 23 Jul 2009 22:07 | Temperley, Argentina | | Report spam→

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