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YouTube Question

YouTube is mangling our mini video podcasts. When YouTube converts our MPEG4 (m4v) files to Flash it appears to be dropping frames. Or maybe it’s just us. Either way, does anyone know how we could upload these files so that the result doesn’t bite? This problem began when we started making MPEG1 video with a Sony DSC-30 still camera. The MPEG1 drops a few frames when converted to Quicktime (via iSquint ‘cause QT Pro can’t do it). The resulting QT video is good enough for iMovie and when we ‘share’ to iPod m4v it’s still relatively intact. It’s when we convert from m4v to Flash at YouTube that we lose a bunch of frames. Any ideas? We have a copy of ReadyMade, How To Make {Almost} Everything or an iPod Gelaskin for the best answer/solution. Please leave your answer/solution in comments.

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5 thoughts on “YouTube Question

Have you tried converting it directly in Flash 8? Or using podcast maker?

June 30, 2006 SimonFlummox

Uploading your .m4v file to Vimeo (which also uses a Flash file format) results in the same frame-drop problem.

Vimeo has an iMovie tutorial that includes recommended settings for uploading files; it seems reasonable that these settings would work better on YouTube, too.

I’ve had the same problem with dropped frames. The solution for me was to save the project out of iMovie as a .dv file (compress for: full quality), and then use iSquint before uploading it to youtube. In my case the .avi files from my canon import directly into iMovie.

July 1, 2006 Johann

Why don’t you try google video instead of youtube?

July 4, 2006 Stuart Preece

Hi There,

It’s just a thought, but why don’t you make the video podcasts available via iTunes, at least you’ll be guaranteed the delivery of the podcasts will be better quality.


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