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January 12, 2009


Using Compressor to Encode HD Content for Vimeo

By Steve Douglas


YouTube has been a great source of entertainment for those who like to see a child accidentally hit their father's nether regions during batting practice. YouTube has also been a significant factor in the proliferation of videographers hoping to share their projects and media to others around the world. Never the less, I have not been a fan of what I see there as, in more cases than not, the image quality has been deplorably poor, loaded with artifacts, scaling and poor resolutions.


Not too long ago I discovered the website where one can post their own films as well as view others. The basic vimeo service allows up to 500 MB of download per week, or for $59.95, you can get 2 gigs of downloads, weekly, for a year. The quality of Vimeo's SD uploads is far superior to anything I've seen on You Tube, and many of the films I have viewed show an incredible amount of creativity and professionalism.


For those who might be initially trying it out, the conundrum of getting your multi-gig project down to size so as to download your film in HD might be problematic. Thus, the purpose of this tutorial, which will be based upon using a five minute sequence. .

Our first step is to open Compressor. Here we click on the Settings tab, and then scroll down to the Custom Folder where we will create a custom setting for encoding HD media for upload to Vimeo by clicking on the Add/+ button and go down to Quicktime Movie.

Once done, you can provide your new preset with a name that will help you recall just which setting it is for, for future uploads. "Vimeo HD


Steve Douglas is a certified Apple Pro for Final Cut Pro 6 and underwater videographer. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International Beneath the Sea Film Competition, where he also won the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver of the Year', Steve was a safety diver on
the feature film "The Deep Blue Sea", contributed footage to the Seaworld Park's Atlantis production, and productions for National Geographic and the History channels. Steve is also feature writer for Asian Diver Magazine and is one of the founding organizers of the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition. He is available for both private and group seminars for Final Cut Pro and leads both underwater filming expeditions and African safaris with upcoming excursions to Kenya in Aug.09, the Red Sea and Egypt for Nov.2009, Truk Lagoon and Yap in Micronesia for July, 2010. Feel free to contact him if you are interested in joining Steve on any of these exciting trips.

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