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Exporting your Raw AMV

Generally, you want to make sure you export using the Highest Quality Possible, (typically Uncompressed) so we can compress it ourselves afterwards. And yes, you can also export using a Lossless codec as well (like UTVideo, Lagarith, HuffYUV etc...), just be aware that this involves at least one extra conversion step where you have to trust your editing program to convert the raw data properly. This can save you a decent chunk of disc space, which is nice, but you have to watch out for quality/synchronization issues, which can sometimes be so minor that you don't even notice until the final encode (like 1-3 frames offsynch). So Lossless codecs are perfectly fine if you trust your editing program; but if you are paranoid like me, and don't want to take any chances, go Uncompressed.

This file should be HUGE! (several Gigabytes in size).

Export Settings

You'll also want to make sure your Export Settings match your Project Settings (which should also match the properties of your Sources). The main settings you'll want to be aware of are:

-Audio Sample Rate (ex. 44100Hz)
-Video Frame Rate (ex. 23.976fps)
-Video Resolution (ex. [704px width] x [396px height])
-Video Aspect Ratio (ex. 16:9, widescreen); sometimes Pixel Aspect Ratio (ex. 1:1)
-Progressive (NOT Interlaced)

  • Your final export should be HUGE, so make sure you have the disc space ahead of time (several Gigabytes).
  • Some people call this your "Lossless Master Copy"
  • Rendering times will vary depending on many factors like: Resolution, Framerate, Effects, many fades, footage speed-ups, CPU, GPU, RAM, Drive Read/Write Speed, etc...

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Anonymous said...

Props for this guide man.

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