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Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2010 11:11 PM (in response to Jesped)
Anyone with similar experience or a solution?
I also have Final Cut Express and sometimes I try to struggle through it.
I will use iMovie 11 to put a video on the Web, but for better quality I will use iMovie 06.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2010 5:03 AM (in response to Jesped)With Apple Intermediate Codec, there is really only one quality level (AFAIK) so changing from medium to high has no effect.
I recommend you use the presets for Share to Media Browser, Share to iTunes, or Share Movies. Unless you can create settings that improve on these, use the pre-sets. If you are using Export with QuickTime, start with a high bitrate, and slowly reduce it until you notice a degradation.
Are you using iMovie's color correction features? I find that they help a good bit.
I am getting great results in 1920x1080. Here is a [sample you can watch in 1920x1080 if you have a fast connection|http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y7uxJd0mxQ], but this may be "bad" in your opinion since this is in the eye of the beholder. Feel free to post a short excerpt from your bad results and maybe we can think of more things to try.iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2010 8:16 AM (in response to Chas C)Transitions should not affect quality.
Stailization can impact quality the same way that digital zoom on a camera does.iMac 24 2.8Ghz, iPhone, TV, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Panasonic HDC-SD5 iMovie 11
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2010 10:31 PM (in response to Jesped)I have a panasonic zs3 and exporting 720p used to look okay with imovie 9. I think I wasted my money with this upgrade since the exporting in imovie 11 looks terrible. Even with all the quality functions maxed (the file was 19 gigs, and it still looked bad). It looks good in the preview when you are in imovie, guess I won't be exporting it to my ipad.
Apple, if your reading this I hope you can fix this.macbookpro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2010 5:29 AM (in response to Jesped)I faced the same problem, and recently raised similar query here, but the only benefit was that I was told to make export to youtube/vimeo, which allow to upload your films in HD quality.
Then you can just download your video from youtube/vimeo using Safari activity window, any applicable software or just through a website like keepvid.com (the simpliest way).
Good luckMacbook Pro '17 Intel core i7, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2010 5:44 AM (in response to kimchiguy)Apple does not read these forums. PLEASE be sure to send your findings and shortcomings to Apple it is the only way to get things noticed and hopefully fixed http://www.apple.com/feedback/imovie.html3.33 Ghz 6 way, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 6GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2010 5:48 AM (in response to suspy)You can export any way you want but you can't get any high quality than what iMovie has to start with or more actually converted your import to.
Uploading a video to Youtube or Vidmo is just doing a conversion you could easily do yourself.
Daniel C. Slagle
Keeper of the "Unofficial" iMovie FAQ
I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link3.33 Ghz 6 way, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 6GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2011 12:38 PM (in response to Daniel Slagle)I have exactly the same issues
'Very visible in dark areas and peoples faces where the no. of colors are too low. Filesize is reduced too.'
In light you won't notice but the dark is just terrible.
Important: It has not to do with interlace. Interlacing is not the problem. It's the dark areas en people faces!
I thought I found the solution.
Wat I did was:
- Export as Quictime Apple Intermediate Codec
- > If I use the Dimensions 'HD 1920 x 1080 16:9" it was terrible
If I use the Dimension '1920 x 1080 HD' it was perfect.
(Also I set the compressor to 'other' and 'interlaced' and 'top field first')
But the strange thing is: When I do it on a small piece of footage. It works perfect. When I do it on a longer project: the footage is crappy again.
I worked a week on different home video stuff and it's not fun to see this decrease of quality.
I didn't missed a toppic where someone found the solution?
I will keep you informed about my investigations...Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iLife 11 - Final Cut Studio 2 - Premiere CS5
Currently Being ModeratedJan 2, 2011 2:20 PM (in response to mdlvw)The dark areas is my problem. I do not convert my footage into imovie because it is in a format that it can use already (.mov) If I play the file in Quicktime player it looks great even in darker area, real smooth, but in iMovies those dark are crap. Sometimes it does not bother me, then others it just draws my focus to those areas. I been fooling around with the settings, but found nothing I am happy with yet.Mac Mini x2, 13" Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2011 1:21 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)Hello to all,
I share your problem and I ran some test with two other computers. One is a brand new IMac with Ilife 11... same ****.
All codecs, even plugins, xvid, x264, whatever you try, hight quality trim, high bitrate... it goes bad when ever you have a dark surface, you get big squares, kind of artefacts that make people look like painted comics caracters.
I not a beginner mounting movies, using Final Cut, Pinnacle, Adobe... but here, I quite !!! don't know what to do. And that is a shame considering all the fancy things you find in Imovie.
Please Apple, we need help...
Bob LatancheMBP2010, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2011 2:39 AM (in response to Jesped)Rather than Export have you tried the "Share / iTunes" option? I've found this produces great results than any option using "export to..".
The movie files sit in /Movies/iMovie Sharing/iTunes and are in .mov or .m4v format depending on the sizes requested. Both can be played by Quicktime.
If you need to reduce filesize from there I recommend the 'limit to size' option in Handbrake.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2011 4:58 AM (in response to Jesped)Tragically iMovie exports crappy quality. This affects mostly dark areas as far as I can see.
My fotage looks excellent when I use HDMI from my camcorder to my TV.
It looks great when I use VLC to open the MTS files.
It looks great when I open the AIC files, that iMovie transcoded during import, with QT Player.
It looks great when I export the AIC files to h.264 with QT Player 7 (using a lower bitrate than the 1080p file imovie gives me)
It looks like crap when iMovie plays, previews or scrubs through it
It looks like crap when iMovie exports, with ANY settings or method, to h.264
This is bad. I dont want to move to FCP... I like the way iMovie works, bit the results are terrible.
Come on... I would pay MORE if I'd have to... the most important thing in home movie editing has got to be the end result...iMac i7, MBP 2,33, Mac OS X (10.6.6)