Best File Format/Settings for Uploading Video

What's the best type of video file format and/or video/audio quality settings for a story to display well on

For example, why does Greg O'Toole's story look so pixelated?

[Answer coming soon from FloatLeft!]

koptiuch's picture

yo Danielle, I was excited to find Best File Format/Settings for Uploading Video, but without any content! I'd think this would be a NUMBER ONE PRIORITY TOPIC for those of us busily posting videos these days. I am struggling to figure out how to convert my .dv 1.5 G story into less than 100 MB without it looking pretty pitiful. How about at least some quick info? Thanks, kk

courtney's picture

Hi kk,

I have created the help topic that Danielle alludes to here:

Unfortunately, I can't provide help with compressing DV video. Compressing video into a small, quality file is a complex task and depends on the computer software you are using.

Digital Stories often use a computer program to create a video of still images with a narrative audio, and therefore don't face the challenge that you're facing with compressing video captured with a DV camera.

You might try posting a question to the community on our forums, but you would probably have better luck using Google to find help and information specific to the software you're using.

Good luck!



tashafr's picture

Hi! I think the easiest time/way to compress your story is when you make it. In pretty much any software you have the option to export it as a compressed file--what software are you using? You can always reimport your big file and then export it again as a compressed file, and you may want to see which format gets you the best quality. If you've got it, using a software like Cleaner is great because you can batch compress a whole bunch of stories at once. Put a bit more about your platform/software options and we can help you figure out what works for you.