Film Dash

Some Youtube tips for Film Dash

Posted on: March 3, 2010

Or, as Louis Hudson from Dice Productions wanted to call it, ‘Rendering your video without giving yourself a heart attack or brain haemorrhage.’ Anyway, here are Louis’ tips for avoiding YouTube issues for uploaders during Film Dash…

The key to success is practise. So try exporting a film and uploading to YouTube before the challenge. That way you can find out what works best for you without screaming/crying/begging/smashing/screaming at your computer.

YouTube supports full HD (1080×1920 px) videos and very nice they are. But the bigger dimensions the longer your computer will take to render it. So if you’re finding yourself in a pickle towards the end of your 48 hours, play it safe and upload something a bit smaller. You can always upload a high quality version afterwards.

The same goes with file type. You’ll want to make sure your file is small enough to upload relatively quickly. Uncompressed video footage is Gigabytes in size. Make sure you use a reasonable compression on your video. YouTube’s favourite file type is an .MP4 file using H.264 compression, but can handle all sorts. H.264 compression should be OK for any Mac users and anyone used to Adobe After Effects, but for everyone else it’s not so easy I’m afraid. Your easiest option would be to open an Uncompressed version of the video in Windows Movie Maker and exporting a .WMV file. It’s not glamorous but it gets the job done.

There are so many different ways that you can export videos, that to try to cover them all would involve writing a small book. Experiment with what works best for you.

As for render settings for the internet, make sure your video has the following:

Square pixels. Opposed to rectangular pixels used in broadcast and camera tapes. Internet video is displayed in square pixels, just like the pixels in a digital photo, so if you export the video with rectangular pixels it’ll squash the footage. If your filming with a Flip Camera type device it should record square pixels.

Progressive’ format. Opposed to ‘Interlaced’ which will create ugly lines across your footage when uploaded. A lot of videos cameras record interlaced footage, so if you know this is the case, set you editing software to ‘De-interlace’ in the export settings.

Standard square pixel video dimensions:

576×768 (Standard 4:3),

576×1024 (Standard widescreen),

720×1280 (half HD widescreen),

1080×1920 (full HD widescreen).


2 Responses to "Some Youtube tips for Film Dash"

“1280×1920 (full HD widescreen).”


You are indeed completely right. You… ermm… passed the test!

Apologies for bashing this out a bit too quickly and making an already confusing bag of numbers that little bit more murky.

1080×1920 is full HD widscreen

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Film Dash presents Birmingham's 48-hour film challenge, 5-7 March 2010.

Teams of film makers will script, shoot and edit a film in 48 hours.

Organised by Meshed Media in association with Say Hello, which is part of Hello Digital, Arts Council, Birmingham City Council, and Bullring.


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