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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

As we discussed a few weeks ago most online video sites are offering up High Definition for both their users and viewers. Although the HD video on offer should really be be labeled as "Higher Quality" or "the quality we should have been giving all along but couldn't be bothered", is there a way to take advantage of these new formats if you don't have a HD video camera or source video?

There certainly is and it's called up-resing (which isn't a word at all but it's all we have for the moment).

Standard definition broadcast video is much higher quality than the stuff you get on the vast majority of web sites. So what we can do is convert your standard definition video into a slightly different format and fool the video website of your choice into thinking the video file is really HD.

The result is online video that is much better quality than the regular old format you've been getting used to on sites like Vimeo, Facebook and You(Goo)Tube.

Just follow the steps below and you can turn your SD video is pseudo HD as fast as your computer will allow. We have used QuickTime Pro from Apple in this example (it costs $30 US) but there are other tools (which are free) that can do the job. Links at the bottom of the article.

We're assuming that you have a completed video and that you have the digital video file on your computer already. The procedure is the same for Windows PC's as it is for OSX Macs (illustrated)

First things first open up your video file of choice in QuickTime Pro.

Click on File > Export from the Quicktime menu bar to bring up the dialog box you can see above and make sure you type in a new file name for your converted video. Make sure the drop down menu item (in orange) is set to Movie to Quicktime Movie then press the options button.

This box is where we choose each of the settings we need to change and we'll do them one at a time. Don't worry if the numbers on your screen don't match what you see above. Initially, just make sure the Prepare for Internet Streaming box is not ticked (we don't need it) and then click on the Settings button for Video.

Here we set up how much we want to compress our video image. Under Compression Type select H.264 (highlighted in orange). Tick the Restrict to radio button, under Data Rate, and enter a number between 3500 and 5000. You can make the number higher if you wish but it's probably unnecessary. Finally, make sure the Best Quality (multi-pass) radio button is selected and then click on OK.

The Data Rate is the single most significant factor in determining how big your finished video file will be, next to how long, time wise, your video is. All video sharing sites have restrictions on how big the file can be before it is uploaded, usually 1GB (Gigabyte).

If, after compression, your file is too large to upload then turn down the Data Rate to make the file smaller.

The example video embedded at the bottom of this article was about 260Mb (mega bytes) for a 7 minute video.

This will take you back to the Movie Settings box. Now, click on Size and you'll be presented with the box illustrated above. Initially it will display the current size (in terms of proportions) of your video. Using the drop menu illustrated in orange select HD 1280 x 720. If your video is interlaced (this depends on the type of camera used but it is more than likely your video will be interlaced) then click the Deinterlace Source Video check box and then click OK. Don't worry if your video is not interlaced, it won't make any difference if you click the check box.

Now hit the Settings button in the sound panel and you will be greeted by the above dialogue box. Make sure your settings match those illustrated above in orange. If, after the video has been converted, your audio sounds like it has increased in speed then re-compress and set the Rate: to 44.100kHz. Click OK.

After you have done that you should have Movie Settings that match the image above. If that's the case then click OK and you will be returned to the Save exported file as dialogue box. Click Save and wait for your computer to convert the video.

How fast your computer is and how long your video is determines how much time it will take to convert the video.

When it's finished you will have a pseudo HD video file that is ready to be uploaded to any video sharing website that has HD capabilities.

These HD files will take a lot longer to upload to any service. You(Goo)Tube does not provide any indication as to how long your video will take to upload. You basically sit there and hope that it's working, we would encourage you to be prudent with your file sizes if you choose to use that service.

How does it look when it's done? The video below is an up-resed SD video of Verve and runs on Vimeo. Judge for yourself how it looks but remember, if the video quality was no good to begin with (your original file) then it's not going to look any better when converted to HD format.

[ Vimeo ]
[ QuickTime Pro ]
[ Mpeg Streamclip ]
[ HD Real or Not? ]

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