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I'm just gonna borrow that reel. Cool?

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Alright, so I've been wanting to do a series of video tutorials for a while now. Sort of covering the kind of stuff people discuss in critiquing sessions, like in the showcase section here, but in a more demonstrative way. It'd be structured into episodes and be generally topical. And I thought that for the first one it would be great to talk about some concepts related to putting together a tighter reel, and to do that by taking an actual reel and applying some of those concepts to demonstrate a (hopefully) significant result.

 

Now, I really wanted to do this on the down-low because I don't know if the whole idea will pan out, so I've approached a couple of people in private about borrowing their reel, but it hasn't worked out so far. So I'm just gonna blast this out there in hopes that maybe there are a few people who don't have massive NDA issues and would be interested in having me give them a makeover in front of everybody. I'll do my best to turn you into a pretty lady, I promise.

 

Thoughts? Submissions?

Binky

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My reel is so out of date, so much too long and the music is so not electronic - it might be the ideal candidate. Though - isn't it kinda cool to not give a shit about showreel conventions anyway?

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Whoa buddies, super awesome! Thanks so much for the volunteering. I think I've got a good candidate and we're tryin to work out how to get the footage and all of that. Now I gotta go figure out how to make a tutorial that doesn't sound like a nasally pre-teen who just discovered after effects in his parents' basement. If it goes well, maybe there will be a second, and i can steal someone else's work.

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I was thinking like maybe Macho Man Randy Savage, buuuuuuuuuut... you're kiiiiiiiiiinda smart I guess... and y'know maaaaaaaybe you're on to something.

 

Ok, I'm already practicing the way he swallows his tongue and doesn't do his L's. It's addicting.

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So, not that there's anyone here NOT playing GTA V in their panties, sitting in a pile of their own filth right now (C.SMITH), but if anyone is good with compression stuff and making videos on youtube not look like snail slime, I'd love some help. I have this whole thing done, and want to post it, but the very last step is hiccupping pretty hard.

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h.264, mp4 format. works well for my tutorials.

 

Yeah I've had good results just using youtubes recommended settings from help:

 

 

Advanced encoding settings
Container: .mp4
  • No Edit Lists (or you may lose AV sync)
  • moov atom at the front of the file (Fast Start)
Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Channels: Stereo or Stereo + 5.1
  • Sample rate 96khz or 48 khz
Video Codec: H.264
  • Progressive scan (no interlacing)
  • High Profile
  • 2 consecutive B frames
  • Closed GOP. GOP of half the frame rate.
  • CABAC
  • Variable bitrate. No bitrate limit required, though we offer recommended bit rates below for reference
  • Color Space: 4.2.0
Frame ratesFrame rates should match the source material. For example, content shot in 24fps should be encoded and uploaded at 24fps. Content recorded at 30fps should be uploaded at 30fps. Content shot in 720p60, should be uploaded at 720p60. Content at 1080i 60, should be deinterlaced, going from 60 interlaced fields per second to 30 progressive frames per second before uploading. BitratesStandard quality uploads

Type Video Bitrate Mono Audio Bitrate Stereo Audio Bitrate 5.1 Audio Bitrate 1080p 8,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps 720p 5,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps 480p 2,500 kbps 64 kbps 128 kbps 196 kbps 360p 1,000 kbps 64 kbps 128 kbps 196 kbps

High quality uploads for creators with enterprise quality internet connections

Type Video Bitrate Mono Audio Bitrate Stereo Audio Bitrate 5.1 Audio Bitrate 1080p 50,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps 720p 30,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps 480p 15,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps 360p 5,000 kbps 128 kbps 384 kbps 512 kbps Resolutions

YouTube uses 16:9 aspect ratio players. If you are uploading a non-16:9 file, it will be processed and displayed correctly as well, with pillar boxes (black bars on the left and right) or letter boxes (black bars at the top and bottom) provided by the player. If you want to fit the player perfectly, encode at these resolutions:

  • 1080p: 1920x1080
  • 720p: 1280x720
  • 480p: 854x480
  • 360p: 640x360
  • 240p: 426x240

The YouTube player automatically adds black bars so that videos are displayed correctly without cropping or stretching, no matter the size of the video or the player.

For example, the player will automatically add pillarboxing to 4:3 videos in the new 16:9 widescreen player size. If the player is re-sized (i.e. when embedded on another website), the same process takes place so that 16:9 videos are letterboxed when the player is sized to 4:3. Similarly, anamorphic videos will be automatically letterboxed when shown in either 16:9 or 4:3 sized players. The player can only do this if the native aspect ratio of the video is maintained.

You can adjust the fit of your video in our player after uploading your video by usingformatting tags.

If letterboxing is added to a video before it is uploaded (i.e. in the case of creating a 4:3 video from a 16:9 master), the widescreen player will add pillarbox bars too, resulting in black bars all around the video (windowboxing) and a bad viewing experience (see the diagram below).

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Adobe Media Encoder has a bunch of presets, a few specifically for YT or Vimeo. I find they work pretty well, and you can open a ppro or ae project file from the import dialogue then just select the sequence you want to render. Its very handy.

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