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How to optimize your video for YouTube – let’s get it right peeps


How to optimize your video for YouTube. Says it all really. Here’s another tutorial too, which means no excuses for not getting it right next time you upload clips of Rover in the park. Or whateve. R.

And just to make your job a little easier, here’s four video to Flash converters I’ve tried that work (lots don’t, believe me!). All of them offer full free try before you buy versions (Super is free permanently).

  • Flash Video MX. $49.95. Converts avi, mov etc to flv and swf.
  • SWiSH Video2. $49.95. Offers batch processing as well.
  • Snoosh. $54.95. Nice interface, comprehensive features.
  • Super. $Free. Price is a winner, interface is a bit impenetrable.

 Many people send YouTube an already compressed video, similar to what you’d put on your website and are disappointed when they see the quality that results on YouTube. That’s because most of the information was first thrown away by the encode before upload, so there was little quality left to be encoded to Flash 7. The goal is to give YouTube a master that they can use for encoding. YouTube have two limitations: no more than 10 minutes per video an


  • I don’t think you want to upload your video in 320×240 anymore — I don’t know about the iPhone version, but I’m pretty sure the Apple TV version will be able to use much better resolution when available. And I’m also conv convinced that they’re going to be keeping those higher-res videos in store for the time when directly serves 480p.

  • Hmm…you’ll need the higher bandwidth to cope with it though?

  • There’s also Turbine Video Encoder ($59), which has lots of features (like sub-titles) and is very easy to use:

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