Sunday, June 17, 2007

How to encode video for VISIONonTV

This guide will help you to make the best possible quality of video for distribution of your film on the net through VISIONonTV.

If you have a Macintosh, you will have edited your film on one of two packages:

Encoding on Final Cut Pro

1. Set the beginning and end point of your film in the timeline.

2. Select whole project – use the selection tool and drag a lasso over the whole project in the timeline.

3. Very important! Effects - video filters - video – deinterlace

4. File - export - using quicktime conversion

5. In the Save box : Format: mpg4

6. Mpeg4 export settings box:: File format – mpg4 (do NOT choose mpg4.isma)

7. Video settings: video format – h.264

8. Datarate – 1600 kbps

9. Image size: for 4:3 ratio – 640 x 480

for 16:9 ratio – 800 x 480

10. Do not click “preserve aspect ratio”

11. For Pal: 25

For NTSC 30

12. Keyframes: automatic

13. Video options: Best quality

14. Audio settings: AAC

Datarate: 128 kbps

Channels: Stereo

Output sample rate: 48khz

15. OK – give filename and save

Encoding on iMovie

1. File Export - Quicktime – compress movies for expert settings

2. Share

Then do as above for FCP.

Encoding on a PC

If you’re editing on Adobe Premiere (6.0 and above):

1. File – export – movie. Makes a full-quality avi of your film.

2. Go to Mick Fuzz’s wiki help page at:

and do what it says to make an Xvid.

3. Playback of mpeg4s can still be tricky on older machines, especially those using Micro$oft’s Windows Media Player, so download Videolan as player.

Uploading your film

Now upload your encoded film to the web.

1. Download the bittorrent client vuze from:

2. Open Vuze, click Publish, and register.

3. Log in and do what it says.

4. What is crucial is to type in the correct metadata.

Click on text “Add tags”. In this make sure you type “visionontv”. This will enable us to see your programme. Then type the name of your show, and anything else useful.

We will then find your programme and post it to VISIONonTV.

And that’s all there is to it!

All IAQs (infrequently asked questions) to Richard Hering at