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Video and YouTube

Initially written in 2010 back when YouTube and Video on websites were at best clunky. These days Video is an essential part of all websites and blogs. Cameras and Phones have made collecting videos simple and downloading something all kids can do. I still have not really mastered what to do with Video, but I continue to investigate. I am thinking that Photography may be a hobby of my retirement.

I have been investigating videos and how best to download them and what makes for easy input and such and have found some fascinating issues.

All of the videos I have been trying so far has been personal stuff for my blog, to show my parents the kids and such, so I have used them as devices:

  • Treo 650 cell phone/camera (low quality but easy to use)
  • Canon Sureshot A60 (Better quality for a still camera, but still only 15 frames per sec)
  • Tried a friends higher end Canon camera (very impressive)

They all do an ok job, but I was impressed with the higher-end Canon’s ability to do 30 frames per second and do 640×480 video.

Using YouTube

Photo by Szabó Viktor on Pexels.com

Interestingly, when I downloaded this to YouTube, the quality was relatively poor on viewing, even with the higher quality device, so I am not using the right software to prepare the video for YouTube.

I did download the best quality to Facebook for their video, and it looked great, not as good quality as the original video but quite good. I downloaded the same thing to YouTube, and it didn’t look good. I couldn’t see my son’s face or make out much.

I bought Quicktime Pro, and I own DivX encoders as well but using either does not seem to help with YouTube’s quality issues, so I will need to investigate this more since it intrigues me. It has something to do with my current job, so it is fun!

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