Hi All, long time reader first time poster (as I need help)
I'm self employed and create short videos (under 10 mins) for clients. Each video is hosted on my Cloud Server and streamed to a clients mobile device directly.
I am using FCPX, a Mac Pro (trashcan) and Compressor 4.2.
What are the best .mp4 compressor export settings for my videos? they need to be:
- small file sizes but good quality
- work across as many mobile devices as possible (android and iOS)
- Begin playing instantly
The current problem I am having on my current settings are that after 30 seconds the videos pixilate
Hope you can shed some light on this issue for me
I am currently exporting from FCPX uncompressed then taking it into Handbrake to compress it for mobile devices.
I am reading through your site to try get a better understanding of all the mobile device settings etc and what they mean/do but its hard.
for my clients the videos need to stream from our cloud server onto their mobile device, they have a range of mobile devices and OS's from high end to low end both Apple and Android, tablet and smart phone
The footage needs to be good quality but also small file size so it streams quick and works smoothly. the client may rewind/ff the footage on their device regularly
The only trouble with Apple's article, it's out of date. No iPhone 6 on there.
You're kind of left making some hard choices. For me it comes down to what I can best provide, based on realistic expectations of bandwidth, server storage and capability.
I'd rather make a really nice looking video, at a smaller picture dimensions than a really pixelated and artifacted video at larger picture dimensions. Smaller picture dimensions will scale larger. Artifacts just look ugly, no matter what.
Apple's article recommends up to 8 different variants, from really crappy 416x234 at 12 fps to 1920x1080 at 30 fps. One will not look good on a mobile, and the other will not work well on a moble network.
My thinking these days is to just pick one variant. One that will work best on mobile, no matter what. 640x360, at 1035kbps (29.97) or 868 kbps (23.976), baseline H.264 will play on everything mobile I know of and look pretty darn decent.