What's the best Codec ?
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Photo-JPEG codec is the best (it's the case for most real-time video application). Choose 80-90% quality.
It's the same whenever you run in 32 bits or 64 bits mode (Mountain Lion recommanded).
If you got an alpha channel, please use Animation codec (32 bits) or ProRes-4444 (64 bits).
To encode your files easily, please use this nice and small application : VVBatchExporter
You can also try the Hap codec, but there are a few things to know :
- it's working great in 32-bits mode
- in 64-bits mode, experimental support is available for OSX Yosemite and higher
- HAP isn't recommanded in 64-bits on OSX Mountain Lion or Mavericks (HAP is 32-bits only there)
For info, HAP in 64-bits have been supported very recently, thank to the nice job made by Vidvox. However, at this stage, we don't have enough experience to recommand it, that's why it stays "experimental" for now since some features are missing. When enough experience have been gathered, we will probably recommand it, since its performances are very nice.
Please do not use H264 : it's good for web, not for real time rendering (it uses a lot of ressources).
For performance reasons, movies with a color profile (press CMD+I on your files to know) are not recommanded (check this when exporting with After Effects).
If you got many big files, be sure to use a fast drive (SSD recommanded).