File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 278

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 12:16:32 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puptcrit Digest, Vol 26, Issue 29

The problem likely has to do with the compression settings of the original
video file. YouTube has, I believe, a 100 mb file limit so the trick to
uploading files there is to play with your video compression settings and
push the file as close to 100 mb as possible without going over.

Larger file size = better quality.

I am not terribly knowledgeable when it comes to the different compression
schemes, but I usually create files as "lossless" (very, very big file
sizes) and then compress the video using *Sorenson Squeeze* to reduce the
file size and upload it to the web. The quality usually turns out quite

- Andrew

On 12/22/06, <> wrote:
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 06:48:53 -0600
> From: mjm <>
> Subject: [Puptcrit] YouTube
> To:
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> While this is not strictly a puppet centric issue, it is related.
> In addition to the text information that is offerrred here, I always
> look for being pointed to a web site to see a puppet video clip or jpeg
> images. Sometimes that has meant looking to Goggle or YouTube. It seems
> some people & organizations use Google & YouTube very effectively as
> marketing sites. Certainly TV networks and large Theatrical film
> companies do seem to.
> After the recent experience of being involved as a writer and performer
> in a video shoot and waiting and finally seeing the clip on YouTube,
> I began to wonder about the issues of audio and video quality that seem
> to be lost in the process.
> I had never attempted to put one of my own videoworks on YouTube, so I
> took some footage of an old experimental personal documentary that I
> had been working on for about 20 years.
> I imported it into iMovie on my out of date eMac.
> I imported some instrumental music to use as a a sound track and then
> created a 2 minute clip.
> I then exported it to the highest quality of a Quicktime DV.
> Then using Quicktime Pro I exported it to the Mpeg4 format that YouTube
> requires.
> I downloaded it to YouTube, which did not tale as long as I thought it
> would.
> But once it was downloaded it seemed to take forever for it to finally
> show up on the YouTube site.
> I am surprised at the audio/video quality.
> It is bad as bad as I expected.
> I'd like your thoughts as to why this clip at
> looks as blurry and sounds muffled and why this other clip at
> Looks and sounds almost as clear as the original Quicktime DV file.
> Of course it has no dialogue, only music,
> And the footage is more monochromatic, all close-ups, and has slow-mo
> and fog special effects. But I am surprised at how some of the grain in
> the fog effect seems to show up well on the YouTube Mpeg 4 version.
> Please take a look and tell me what you think.
> I think it will be more important if puppet & theatre artists attempt
> to put more clips on YouTube for marketing, advertising as well as
> archival purposes.
> Michael John Moynihan
> Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA


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