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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

H.264 Codec - The Porn Producer's Friend

All the screen captures accompanying this post are from the H.264 720p Encode of Pandora's Box.

I'm afraid this is a techy post, not very hot and sexy at all, but i hope ultimately it will pay off! letting us see more sexy images and bodies on screen in great HD details!

H.264 is the name of a video codec ( in other words, the format you render, or save your video in when your project is complete. ) . With connections getting faster, and many of us now used to HDTV, Blu Ray Movies, faster PC's and all round higher quality, H.264 has emerged as a industry standard codec for downloading HD video online.


There is nothing worse than seeing your project looking so great on your own system, then having to have to shrink the video file, reduce quality, or settle for a poor second best when you upload, and show it to the world. H.264 could well be the answer to your problems.

I have told several SL Porn Producer's about this and passed on URL's. A stunning example of high quality via this was HaileyMarie Redrose's "Sultrina". Even though her project was a two part movie, the H.264 Codec still allowed her to present 15 minute plus running times in amazing 720p HD Video. So, i thought it was time to actually try it myself. I'm very lazy on this stuff, i read about it, tell others, but don't actually do it myself.

Also, i firmly believe we can make our SL Porn scene better for all by sharing these tips, and tricks, and helping each other. Maybe you read this knowing all about it already, but some may not. the same may go for some tricks you yourself use, I'm sure some of us don't know them, and we would be very happy and grateful to hear them.


Unfortunately, only half of Pandora's Box remains on my PC in HD, but i still felt it would make a nice first H.264 codec test. Amazingly, this codec is rendering video at higher quality, than the lower resolution copies i uploaded to Naughty Machinima at lower file sizes. An eight minute plus section of the movie came out at under 80MB. Which suggests you can produce a 20 minute plus movie in 720p HD Video for upload to Naughty machinima, keeping under the 200mb file size limit.


The H.264 encoder won't effect any of your present movie making set up. You just need to download it, install, and run your finished movie through it. It's free, and you can download it here...

http://www.h264encoder.com/

I've been mentioning HD Video, but you'll see many options for the final file, including 3G video for mobile phones, smaller Internet video, Standard Definition, as well as 720p, and 1080p options. There is no configuring, or complicated, screen size sett ups or bit rate settings. Just load your final movie file, select the finished option and encode. I would highly recommend using the "Standard Definition" selection for any non HD movie, to bring it in under Naughty Machinima's 200mb limit without any loss in quality. Any 20-30 minute "SD" project will be able to be uploaded using this method.



I'm so gutted....i could have presented our movies in this way, but missed out. But i guess this is an ever evolving process, we learn and include things always, to make our projects better. I hope this can change how our movies are released in future, and i hope it helped you too. :)

Serenity. xx

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