Good Questions: Where To Upload HD Footage?

Good Questions: Where To Upload HD Footage?

Anthony Nguyen
Jan 30, 2009

Here's one for the masses. Let's give Katie a helping hand, shall we?

Hey, I just started using an HD video camera I received for Christmas. I did some cool editing in iMovie and now I'm wondering where is the best place I can easily go to upload the HD footage and share with my friends and family? The easier, the better!

Thanks, Katie

Well, we know YouTube has been slowly rolling out HD support fairly recently, so it's not surprising most people don't realize they can upload pretty high quality stuff onto the service without having to worry about their videos getting completely compressed into terrible resolutions.

As a standard, try to match these specifications recommended by YouTube to get the best quality possible on your online videos:

  • H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format
  • 1280x720 resolution
  • 44.1KHz Stereo MP3 or AAC audio
  • Frame rate as the original video
  • Up to 1GB file size and 10 min. duration

You can read up on how to embed in HD, as well as a slew of other options over on Reelseo.

Another great service we've enjoyed using is Vimeo. Uploading is dead simple and they take care of most of the formatting issues for you. We've tried almost every HD format we can think of and Vimeo still takes it.

Still, if you're big on quality, the settings recommended to keep the video as uncompressed as possible are as follows:

  • We recommend using the H.264 codec at size 1280×720, bit rate 3000-5000 kbits/sec (optimized for "download"), key frame every 30 frames (frame reordering on), using whatever frame rate you shot in.
  • For sound, use AAC at 128kbps in stereo.

You can also get more information about Vimeo HD uploading over here.

Any readers out there have other recommendations for Katie?

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