8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2013 7:33 AM by Russ H
Morning Coffee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

I need to generate an H264 copy of a Quicktime file that is massive in size - it is an HD film taking 130GB of space.

The H264 copy needs to be 5GB in size or less.

 

The H264 copy is to be used for online streaming by a Video On Demand platform.

 

The machine I have is an Intel powered Mac Pro.

 

So far, the export feature via Quicktime has resulted in files that are too small.

 

Compressor: takes forever and then seems to send the file to the wrong - full - drive, resulting in the programming crashing.

 

Perhaps I need to work on the settings some more.

 

Any suggestions, please.

 

Many thanks,

Morning Coffee


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,225 points)

    Morning Coffee wrote:

     

    Hello,

     

     

    The H264 copy needs to be 5GB in size or less.

     

     

    The stock streaming settings in Compressor will shrink a Pro Res 422 file to about 3.5% of the source file. SInce your video is so large, I'm assuming it's some type of Pro Res.

    Morning Coffee wrote:

     

     

    Compressor: takes forever and then seems to send the file to the wrong - full - drive, resulting in the programming crashing

    Change the destination to a location where you have some free space.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • 2. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Morning Coffee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Russ,

     

    Many thanks for your help.

     

    Regarding changing the destination of the converted file in Compressor: I seem to have the same issue. I changed the destination by clicking the plus sign in the Destinations tab, and created a new destination. This was reflected in the "Path" box. Now the new H264 link appeared in the correct destination, but my main start-up hard drive seemed to be losing space as the conversion was taking place. No other program was running.

     

    The conversion is still taking place, so can't say if the process has worked.

     

    Any ideas, please.

     

    Many thanks,

    Morning Coffee.

  • 3. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,225 points)

    Do you have more than one job in the batch? Because hitting that + button will give you something like this.

    Screen shot 2013-01-20 at 4.31.08 PM.png

     

    If you're changing Destinations in a target that is already in the Batch window, control click on the distination and in the pop up menu choose Destination>Other. Then navigate to the location in your network that can accomadate the file.

     

    Russ

  • 4. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Morning Coffee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Russ.

     

    The process failed due to start up hard drive running out of space.

     

    I had added a new destination - an external drive, but this hasn't worked.

     

    I will follow your suggestions and report back soon.

     

    Once more, thank you for your help.

     

    Morning Coffee.

  • 5. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,225 points)

    Hi.

    I think there is some confusion in Compressor about the destination,

     

    Post again with your results.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • 6. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Morning Coffee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Russ,

     

    I have found a temporary solution for converting the HD Quicktime file to H264 by using iMovie.

    I will need to spend sometime with Compressor to carry out the steps you kindly suggested.

     

    Many thanks for your help.

     

    Morning Coffee.

  • 7. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,225 points)

    MC,

     

    Glad you have a stop-gap solution. When you get back to working in Compressor, post back and update us on your issue.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • 8. Re: Converting an HD Quicktime to an H264 file
    Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (14,225 points)

    BTW, are you really running 10.5.8 as indicated in your signature?

     

    Russ