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jeffnevins
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I received a copy of the ad I worked on (300,000KB? QT file), but it won't play properly. I heard it could be a RAM issue, that I might need to compress the file, etc.

I'm not sure how to compress, and am not so knowledgeable in this area (QTs). Previously, I just duped to video.

Thanks for any info.

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tstevens
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A program like After Effects will do a basic compression or a program like Discreet's "Cleaner" will do a more exacting compression. I'm sure you can buy other programs that are though.

In general most Quicktimes already have the "Animation" Compressor on them. The "Animation" compressor is usually considered lossless but it doesn't do a whole lot in the way of crunching it. To make it viewable on most machines you would want to get it under 30megs. If you want to e-mail it, you would need to get it under 10megs (preferably closer to 5 or 6).

If you are dealing with an NTSC file it will probably be at 720x486 or 720x480 D1 pixels. If that is the case it will view squished on a computer screen. Some compressing programs will compensate for that or you can do it in After Effects. If you shrink it down in pixel size 300x400 pixels is a nice viewing size. Another problem is if you have a field file.

Fielded Quicktimes are ideal for use when broadcast. However, when viewed on a computer screen they will look like they have horizontal striping. That is another thing you can fix in After Effects.

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jeffnevins
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Thanks for the reply.

I don't have After Effects, and can't find the "animation" compressor, but asked the company that sent it to me for help as well. I'm not sure how to find gig amounts...

I guess one learns these things through practice.
So I should buy something to make it work. Any idea what to get?

I'm missing good old videotape right now since I have no tech support as an indie guy, but thanks for any ideas from you guys.

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It won't play properly from a hard drive? What do you need to do with it? Your OS, video progs, computer tech specs, etc, can all play a part.

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I'm missing good old videotape right now
I'll never miss tape. I couldn't have profitably gotten into the animation I do if I had to rent or buy a frame-accurate video deck every time I wanted to see a scene on video.
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tstevens
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I agree. Tape is good as dead in most markets. The only reason why people still go out to tape has more to do with archiving than anything else.

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Mr.U
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A cheap way of compressing a very large video file with QT Pro is using the command "export". You can then resize your file, and use a variety of codecs (Sorenson video 3 being rather nice).
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jeffnevins
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Thanks. I'm meeting w/a friend today who might be able to help me out. I'll mention QT Pro & its ability to export to him as well.

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Jason Thomas Campbell
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Quicktime movies are a delivery format not too unlike the windows .avi convention. The thing about them is the original compression method used to make the .mov or .avi file is integral to it's playback.

Usually this isn't a problem because most mov files are made using standard codecs that are included in the QT player like apples h.264 codec or sorenson.

If however those who produced the qt file using an obscure codec there will be playback issues.

If you can find out what codec was used during encode you cna most likely find a free playback version of the codec for download.

You may also try the divx player I sometimes find that it is used by a lot of places because of the small file sizes it creates on encode, and the player itself will open some files qt wont.

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Animation Co-op
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Jeff,

There's some useful info on codecs here:
http://people.csail.mit.edu/tbuehler/video/codecs/quicktime.html

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