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Best export settings for YouTube

I'm getting some complaints from my viewers that my videos are not looking correct. They seem ok on my computer but many others say different. I'm recording for the most part with GoPro cameras. Normally I'm recording at 1080, sometimes 1080s. The frame rate is normally 30 unless I plan to do some slow mo effects and then I'll change to 60.

The footage is converted to ProRes for editing. I export my project to ProRes and then convert it to 1080 with QuickTime.

I found this article and was wondering if it transfers well to SF?
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/1722171?hl=en

What are folks using and doing?

Thank you
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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 5 yrs ago
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    Yes those recommended YouTube specs are good. You can setup a custom encoder to match those in ScreenFlow. That's actually what I do in most cases. 

    If you want to see how ScreenFlow's publish to YouTube compares you can have it do a local recording and open it in Quicktime X or Telestream Switch and look at the specs.

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    • Gene Arnold
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    • Gene_Arnold
    • 5 yrs ago
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    Can you give a little detail around your custom encoder please. I'm using a freeware tool to convert my GoPro video to ProRes.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 5 yrs ago
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    My ScreenFlow export for YouTube upload. Frame size is 1920x1080




    Saved custom YouTube preset at the bottom.

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    • Gene Arnold
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    • Gene_Arnold
    • 5 yrs ago
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    Nice. So these are the setting inside of SF and you just export right from SF to a file that will be uploaded to YouTube correct? Does the original video mater much or does the SF exporter pretty much fix everything for me? When I mean fix I'm talking about formatting it correctly for YouTube. I know that if the video in general looks bad then thats all on me ;-)

    Thank you again!

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    • Gene Arnold
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    • Gene_Arnold
    • 5 yrs ago
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    And before you answer the above, what tool are you using to convert your video to ProRes before importing it into SF?

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 5 yrs ago
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    Telestream Episode of course.
    I also use Apple Compressor or MPEGStreamclip.

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 5 yrs ago
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    Yes I create my own YouTube preset in ScreenFlow for export. Then I upload that file to YouTube. You have to make sure the frame size is 1920x1080 otherwise you have to accept LetterBox (black bars).

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    • Gene Arnold
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    • Gene_Arnold
    • 5 yrs ago
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    Episode is a little outside of my price range. Right now I'm using MPEGStreamclip and have thought about getting Apple Compressor. Does Apple Compressor offer anything over MPEGStreamclip? Just for the sake of asking (and since I'm not as techy are you are on this topic) why would you use more then one? Does either of these offer something over the other that I should be a where of?

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    • CraigSModerator
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    • CraigS
    • 5 yrs ago
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    If you're just converting to ProRes MPEGStreamclip is fine. It's based on legacy implementation of Quicktime though and hasn't been updated in years. For the time being, it works but it may break at some point in the future.

    Compressor has processing filters and the ability to change frame rates and speed.

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    • Gene Arnold
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    • Gene_Arnold
    • 5 yrs ago
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    Understood and thank you again!

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  • I understand that Handbrake developers are working on Cineform input. Being free and fairly modern, it may some day be useful in mediating between GoPro and ScreenFlow. What exactly is missing from the GoPro Studio export options? Is there a quality loss that cannot be tolerated?

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