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    Youtube file formats

    I picked up a bigger memory card for my little Canon Powershot, and I was experimenting with it yesterday to see how well it shoots video. The canon uses an MVI file format, which gets incredibly huge - 200mb for the following video. I used a converter to make an AVI file out of it, and the file size dropped to a shade over 11mb. Problem is it's at 240 resolution when I upload to youtube. So my question is this - what's the best file format to use for youtube to both keep the file sizes small and the resolution high? Also, does anyone know of a good, free file converter?

    Here's the test video -

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    Not sure how well avi compares to flv or mp4. I would be interested in seeing a size/quality comparison between most of the video formats.
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    This was advertised as free, but no.
    I installed it and it's a crippled version.
    I will find something for you that is TOTALLY free.

    Try this one, there is a free version that does not do all that the paid version does, but does not seem crippled in any way.
    I don't have any mvi files, so you'll have to try it.

    http://www.stoik.com/products/video/...deo-Converter/



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    Which model powershot do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwk1951 View Post
    This was advertised as free, but no.
    I installed it and it's a crippled version.
    I will find something for you that is TOTALLY free.

    Try this one, there is a free version that does not do all that the paid version does, but does not seem crippled in any way.
    I don't have any mvi files, so you'll have to try it.

    Convert your Videos | Make Video Conversion Simply and FREE - STOIK Video Converter - Stoik.com
    I appreciate it but have software that will covert almost any file from one format to another formation and not limited to just video. That isn't the problem it is getting the time to actually do the conversion then compare one to the other.
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    From You tube YouTube Handbook - Produce

    Best Formats for Uploading

    YouTube can accept almost any video format for upload, but for most users we have found the following settings give the best results.

    Video Format: H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred
    Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3, 16:9)
    Resolution: 640x360 (16:9) or 480x360 (4:3) recommended
    Audio Format: MP3 or AAC preferred
    Frames per second: 30
    Maximum length: 10 minutes (we recommend 2-3 minutes)
    Maximum file size: 1 GB

    Supported YouTube formats - YouTube Help

    Supported YouTube formats

    YouTube supports a wide variety of the range of video and audio formats in use. You can get a quick overview of what may be an issue with your video's formatting by taking a look at the warnings and error messages that we communicate to you while you're uploading your video.

    Here is a list of some well-known formats that YouTube supports:

    WebM files - Vp8 video codec and Vorbis Audio codecs
    .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files - Typically supporting h264, mpeg4 video codecs, and AAC audio codec
    .AVI - Many cameras output this format - typically the video codec is MJPEG and audio is PCM
    .MPEGPS - Typically supporting MPEG2 video codec and MP2 audio
    .WMV
    .FLV - Adobe-FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunsandNoses View Post
    Which model powershot do you have?
    It's an SD1200 IS.
    "The marksman aims primarily at himself"
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    My camera (Kodak) does video in .mov and has 3 resolution settings, 480p 640 X 480 low quality 4:3 aspect ratio and consumes about .344MB per second

    A HD 30 FPS 720p 1280 X 720 16:9 aspect ratio and consumes about 1.344MB per second.

    A HD 60 FPS 720p 1280 x 720 16:9 aspect ratio and consumes about 2.688MB per second.

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    My camera, Samsung S85.
    Name:  videoinfo.jpg
Views: 33
Size:  43.1 KB

    File is 70Mbytes.




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    I would say MPEG would be the best bet. Like Gunsandnoses said its the one Youtube prefers and is probably the best for an open market solution with the trade off between quality and size. Just my 2 cents.
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