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  PB540fanatic (Profile)
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Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 6:22 pm
Hi, I need some advice with compression settings in imovie 06 or 09. For converting video clips to work on old PowerPC mac's with Quicktime 3, what are the best settings to use for best quality and size.

  wove (Profile)
Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:22 am
That is almost an entire course onto itself. Ted Landau in his book Sad Macs, Bombs and Other Disasters devotes a couple chapters to optimizing computers running System 7.1 for playing video.

Apple produced Desktop Video Studio as part of its New Media Library, and it is devoted to producing videos for computers running System 7.X.

Creating video especially for older hardware is best thought of as a project, and the best tool to use will depend on the nature of the project. As a general rule for older hardware, you will need to pick a small frame size, a low color depth, and the slowest frame rate you can live with.

If you are looking to create videos on new hardware with a newer OS that will work well on older hardware, your best bet is to probably look at the older tools that were used (Adobe Premiere 4.0, Apple Media Tool 1.2, MacroMedia Director 4.0, Avid Video Shop). Looking at their default setting would probably give you a good idea on the setting for compression, color depth, and frame rates that were acceptable for computers at the time. Using those setting with new software would probably result in useful video for old hardware.

  PB540fanatic (Profile)
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Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:42 am
Thanks for the help, I've since made some progress with Avid Video Shop and even the simple tools with Movieplayer work pretty well.
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