What should I be exporting my video projects? That really depends on what you want, what your final product will be viewed on. People end up making multiple “format incarnations” of their video depending on delivery of product & use.
Although most people export DV PAL – (SD) they do it without knowing where they will be playing their video. DV PAL is not made for computer viewing; it is a “made for TV” codec. So if you plan to view a file or create a DVD to be viewed on your television monitor, than go ahead create a DV PAL export.
If you will be viewing it anywhere else, then the recommendation is the H264 codec. It is so popular that virtually every computer device supports it, because it is meant to be delivered on and for computers. Youtube loves it, and so do most video upload sites. So if you are creating a DATA file – with computer playback in mind, the ever improving H264 codec is perfect.
When adjusting the settings, there isn’t something like the “perfect settings”. Consider some points: How big should the final file be? How good must the quality be, Who is watching it for what purpose? How long is your clip? You can export just a small clip & experiment with different settings. It looks like great – despite all of the compression, thanks to all that algorithmic math! Who knew? Math?
J.I – Mediazone Senior Officer