Here’s the notes from our first episode, best video converter. When converting video for online use, remember that MP4 is the current standard.
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When you launch the application, you’ll get the blank dice looking image. You can drag your video to be converted into the frame. If you have more than one video and you want to do a batch of them, it’s List>Batch List and you can drop your videos there.
Once your video(s) are loaded, select ‘export to MP4’
In the dialog box that appears, you want to make a few adjustments.
- Set the quality to 100
- Check the limit data rate box and set to 10000-15000
- if you need to adjust the size of the video, select a new frame size. (You typically want to leave it the size it was shot, the unscaled setting)
- Hit ‘Make MP4’
The next screen will ask you where you want to save your file and then you’re done!
I’ve used MPEG Streamclip to convert everything from video for broadcast playback on Comcast to Instagram videos. for a free application, it’s proven to be my go to for all conversion needs. It’ll save you money and time if you learn to convert your own videos and ensure they playback at the quality you want.
Another nice feature of MPEG Streamclip is the ability to trim video. Using the “I” and “O” (in and out) key on your keyboard, you can set when the video starts and stops. So if you’re putting a teaser video on Facebook or Instagram, you can use MPEG Streamclip to trim you larger video!