Try the HTTP Streaming Broadband setting @ 5 Mbps. It should give you a 960X540 MP4 of "reasonable" size. If you need something smaller, you can adjust frame size, fps, bit rate as necessary within Compressor.
But before doing the Compressor work, I think I would return to FCPX and export your Pro Res sequence at its original 1080 size. Let Compressor do the scaling work and eliminate one compression step. If you find it has objectionable artifacts, turn on Frame Controls and set Resize filter to Best.
I tried Russ's suggestion (including Resizing to Best but leaving Retiming at Fast) and and got a smooth, pretty good looking .mp4 file of 172 mgs which loads quickly.
The problem now is that it keeps pausing itself, when played online.
What is causing that? The server? Is there anything else I could try?
Thanks for any suggestions!
Thanks Ben. I'll try that but not sure what to lower it to.
I tried importing my AVCHD files and they weren't recognized, so I got Clipwrap. I did look for help online and that seemed to be the recommend.
You don't import the individual files from the AVCHD using "Import files"; use "Import from Camera". You can do this either straight from the camera or from a hard drive - as long as you copy the entire folder structure from the camera (not just the individual video files).
Here's some easier, faster ways to do it. Works every time for me. Don't over think it, it's not that complicated.
Also, rule is, if it's already QT .mov files, use Import > File. If it's not, use Import From Camera.
Exactly what Canon camera are you using?
Hi Ben (and everyone else!):
Thank you for your reply and for your webpage! I didn't seem to get the notification or I would have tried some of your suggestions sooner.
After reading your advice, I have now tried:
Compressor: HTTP Streaming Broadband setting @ 5 Mbps and got a 172mb .mp4file that loaded quickly and looked good but kept pausing.
Compressor: HTTP Streaming Broadband setting @ 2.5 Mbps and got an 87mb .mp4 file that looked okay and didn't pause, but stutters a bit and the audio was out of sync.
Method 1: at 720 fps and got a 130mb .m4v file that also looks okay but keeps pausing.
Method 3: followed instructions and formatted quite small to fit on webpage and got 10 mb .mov file that stutters, is out of sync and pauses!
Method 2: gave me a seemingly identical file to Method 3 but I tried it anyway with same results.
I am ready to try Compressor again - using Method 4, but before I take the time to do this (it takes hours), is there something about the original that I need to change before I compress? I am confused. And why is the sync off?
As I mentioned originally, I have 2 other videos on this site - small files that seemed to work well last time I looked. So I looked again specifically at the one which had sync dial and it too is way off. I am pretty sure it didn't used to play like that - I think I would have noticed!
What is causing this now?
Thank you so much for helping me figure this out.