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Fri 16 Mar 2007

Presenting video

Category : mac and the internet

Last evening, I was scratching my head over how to present video - this was a clip of Jes Ibrahim singing "Pokok" at Wildlife Asia '07 after a panel session I chaired about Youth and the Environment. After I had introduced him, I grabbed my Lumix and recorded him from across the room; it was a lovely song and I wanted to insert it into this post on Habitatnews.

I had just ten minutes before I was suppose to grab a cab to head down to the National Library to meet Kevin and Ivan. But the file from my camera was so large! I learnt that YouTube had a size limit of 100MB, and anyway, that might take ages for users poor access to view.

I didn't know how to stream and with just a few minutes left, I explored QuickTimePro (with a quick google search). Export was suggested and the 234MB mov clip was reduced to a 8MB mp4 file! The mp4 file was smaller in dimensions and an appreciable loss of quality - but this was much less than I had imagined and still useable. I loaded it to YouTube, inserted the clip and left.

Later that night, Angeline later SMS-ed to say, "Hey very nice song! Meaningful lyrics that struck a chord."

So it worked - the song was communicated to a wider audience! I figured QTPro could do better and mentioned this to Kevin. He became quite animated - turns out he has been tinkling with video for probably more than a decade, and was brimming with information about editing, presentation and hosting options

What a find! I'm going to make use of the opportunity to ask him for a "QuickTime and other video hints" tutorial at our next meetup! Meanwhile I'll look for a Quick Time mannual to grasp basics.

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