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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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by Martin French

Making your own dance videos is all well and good but what happens when you want to put those videos online? Of course, you could use YouTube or some other online system to the job but their restrictions are an irritation and you don't control the final quality.

To help you out we have put together this step by step tutorial so you can format broadcast quality video into a high format version for your own website. This tutorial uses Mpeg Streamclip which is a free application. We have another tutorial, over on the right there, using the paid for Quicktime Pro application from Apple.

1. First of all download and install MPEG Streamclip for your type of computer. The software is completely free and although it is a little less refined than QuickTime Pro it will get the job done and what more do you want for no money?

When you have the software downloaded and installed run it and open the video you want to convert by clicking FILE > OPEN FILES and then select the file you want to open.

Your video will open in the Streamclip window and you should see something similar to the illustration on the left. Obviously your video image will look different.

Once your video file is loaded click FILE > EXPORT TO QUICKTIME and then go to Step 2.

*Note: You must also have QuickTime from Apple installed to use Streamclip but you don't need the paid for Pro version.

2. Streamclip's compression box is a little cluttered but you only need to focus on the areas marked on the left.

Set all the compression options as illustrated on the left. The actual data rate you choose should be between 300 and 400 Kbps. If your video has a lot of motion or camera moves then set it at 400.

If your video is INTERLACED (the other type is PROGRESSIVE) then check the DEINTERLACE VIDEO option.

PAL 16:9 set the size to OTHER 520 x 288
NTSC 16:9 set the size to OTHER 520 x 292
PAL 4:3 set the size to OTHER 384 x 288
NTSC 4:3 set the size to OTHER 360 x 292

Finally, if you're video was filmed using either PAL DV or NTSC DV then set the FIELD DOMINANCE menu to LOWER FIELD FIRST. If not then leave it as it is.


3. You will then be prompted for a location to save your video file. Once you have clicked SAVE you will be presented with the image opposite. How powerful your computer is will determine how long the file will take to compress.

Your finished file will be about 16 - 19MB (dependent on the length of you movie) in size which is more than easy enough to post to your own website.

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