Was wondering whether anybody has used SmugMug before? I have in the past and was happy with the results.
I'm playing around with a trial site to see how good I can get upload stream results: so far not good.
My footage is SD.
Exporting from Premiere Pro at Lower Field first leaves signs of interlace. Selecting progressive next, obviously eliminates that problem but the results, I feel could still look better.
I'm using the H.264 codec (as .mp4)
Video is set to VBR 1 pass. Target Bitrate 3Mbps, Max Bitrate 6Mbps.
Profile: Main, Level 3:1.
Is this OK?
I've also selected both the "Render at Maximum depth" and "Maximum Render" quality, even though there is little info out there to what this actually means.
Thanks for any help and suggestions.
That's a really really low bitrate, lower than for example Vimeo or YouTube suggest even for SD.
While I don't use SmugMug my settings for Vimeo are CBR, and at least 5Mbps for SD and at least 8Mbps for HD 720p. If I didn't have a slow ADSL upload at work I might go even higher with the bitrate, but it's a tradeoff between quality and upload time!
You should render out and upload in progressive, as the screens that people are watching your videos on will be progressive, not interlaced displays.
So I'd suggest using CBR, 8Mbps, progressive. Try that and see how it looks.
Long time no speak, hope you are well my friend!
Thanks for the advise: I'll set target and max bitrate to 8Mbps.
Videos are still coming out blotchy, even with the 8mbps target and max bit rates.
Shocked to get this through:
"Thanks for your reply. The two videos you uploaded in the last 24 hours are recognized by our system as 1050x576 pixel videos.
If that's not the resolution you use on your end, it's likely that your videos are in a format we don't support. In that case, you can use MPEG Streamclip as we advised to convert the videos prior to uploading. You can find our guide on how to do that here:
Let us know if you have any other questions.
SmugMug Support Hero"
I informed them that the video was shot, edited and exported as 720 x 576.
The latest disapointing update from SmugMug:
"Our video system only natively supports the following standard resolutions:
Full HD (1080p) 1920x1080: 8.0 Mbps
Hi-Def(720p) 1280x720: 3.2Mbps
Mid-Def 960x540: 1.8Mbps
iPod/DVD 640x480: 1.2Mbps
Web 320x240: 512Kbps
Video resolutions are maximums based on width. Different aspect ratios can result in smaller different resolutions to preserve aspect ratio on SmugMug."