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Help Please: Best Format to Save a Video In?

Discussion in 'YouTube' started by hellonwheels, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    Is there any info on BHW about the best format to save a video in or would someone please give me a quick tutorial?

    I need to know the difference between AVI, WMV, FLV, MOV any any others.
    I know what the initials stand for, I need to know when to use which format.

    Can Mac users view a WMV video?
    What format do I need for both Windows & Mac users?

    I'm using Camtasia to record screen captures.
    What is the best format to save it in for YouTube?
    Best format if I want to save it to my blog?
    Best format if I want to save it to my Amazon S3 acct?
    Best format if I want to save it and show it on an html page?

    Which format will produce it in the smallest size possible to make for quick downloads by customers?

    What I really want to do is record screen capture tutorials, save them in a
    small size format, upload them to a hosting acct. or Amazon S3 and sell
    them or give them away via a download link.

    How do you guys do this?

    Thanks!
     
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    c0ntenth|ef Power Member

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    to me mp4 is or Hd but i dont use camtasia so i dont know which format is best for it.
     
  3. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    Yes . . . For Youtube, use the MP4 Format. 30 Frames-Per-Second

    Cheers! - "Wiz"
     
  4. FuryKyle

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    roberteb Regular Member

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    I use MP4. I bought Quicktime Pro (It's cheap) open video and export as .mp4. Use high Datarate I use 1200+kbs for youtube and lower it to 300-500 for streaming on website.

    For streaming on Websites I upload the videos to S3 and use either S3FlowShield or S3 Media Vault. That way I ensure no one can access my S3 bucket as no one has permission to watch them apart from embedded in a webpage.
     
  6. Adam Rock

    Adam Rock Senior Member

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    HD and small file size.


    also dont buy quicktime pro, google for a serial code, theirs 10000's out there.
     
  7. Tbo53

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    MP4 is universal on all video sites, use that.
     
  8. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    Thanks for all the great answers and Merry Christmas!

    I'm using Camtasia 3 (the ancient version) and it doesn't have the option of saving in MP4.

    Guess I should upgrade it.

    I've been doing some research and found that SWF is good for short, low-
    motion video and FLV is good for longer, high-motion videos YouTube recognizes WMV & AVI files.

    Lots to learn in the world of video.