Now that I’ve got an iPhone 4 and I can take 720p video, I’m interested in seeing what I can post on Youtube and on this blog.
As a first test, this video isn’t taken with my iPhone, but rather my Canon A480 P&S camera. It’s a stop-motion animation of a Nanoblock 5-story Pagoda I bought while I was in Japan. I figured this would be a good test case.
Some lessons learned about uploading to Youtube:
I’m using iMovie on the Mac for starters. It doesn’t export H.264 but just a QT .MOV format. If you want to edit short videos with iMovie and expect to upload it to YouTube at 720p you’re out of luck. Youtube hates that. Every time I tried to upload from iMovie it would compress it down to crap. Even if I took the exported MOV file and uploaded it Youtube complained that it wasn’t in the right format and yet tried to work with the data anyway, but the end result was less than stellar.
So here’s what I did: I edited and exported my movie with iMovie as a Quicktime MOV format. I downloaded Handbrake and re-compressed the MOV into an H.264 MP4 file and I uploaded that to Youtube. Youtube still bitched about the audio not being correct and begrudgingly munched on the data anyway and uploaded it. Since there’s no audio, I didn’t give a rat’s ass and you can see the video here.
I want to try and upload a video from my iPhone to Youtube next and I’ll post something about that on here. I’d also like it if WordPress 3.0 with all its new-fangled capabilities to show the embedded Youtube or let me upload video to the blog itself, but the latter seems to be a no-go. From my experience it’s simply broken. I don’t know if that’s because my webhost can’t handle it, or if WordPress is a pile. Maybe it doesn’t like you uploading a 720p video. Maybe there’s some hidden MB cap that I need to increase before it’ll take the entire file. The Nanoblock video is 29 MBs so I figure it’s giving WordPress a heart attack about 40% of the way through (that’s how far it gets before it croaks).