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These days the YouTube Phenomenon has exploded, in my opinion.  Every time I look on my teenager's computer, he's watching something new on YouTube.  How can I get my videos on YouTube, you ask?  Well, let me first point out that the picture quality is less than optimal, especially when most of it looks like it's come from a cell phone.  Plus the fact that your video is going to be recompressed and transcoded into another format altogether.  The most popular codec is MPEG-4.  Let's assume you already have a sequence edited and ready to go.

  •   First start out by setting an In & Out point in the timeline if you are only exporting a portion of your sequence; Otherwise, you can export your entire sequence.
  •   Next, go to File > Export > Using QuickTime Conversion
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  •    When the Save window comes up, go to Format, and choose MPEG-4

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  •   Give your movie a filename, and make sure your extension is labeled as .mp4
  •   Also make sure you've selected the correct place you want to save to (Desktop, or an external Hard Drive)
  •   Click Save.  Be patient! The conversion process can be slower than average and is dependent on processor speed.  G4 machines are much slower, and newer Intel Power Macs are faster; but regardless, it's worth the wait since the image quality can't be beat for the small filesize
It's also important to know that your compression settings can be tweaked in order to produce a higher quality output.  By selecting the Options button (to the right of the Format selection) you can change the Video, Audio, and Streaming settings.   Although there are many different "recipes" sometimes you just have to experiment with it to get the right one that works for you.

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