Video Codecs & Compression Guide (Feat. Atomos Ninja V)

Video Codecs & Compression Guide (Feat. Atomos Ninja V)

Overview of video codecs & file formats a hybrid shooter will encounter with a practical emphasis on editing & storage. Incl. ProRes on the Atomos Ninja V.

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Table of Contents:
0:55 – What Is a Codec?
1:11 – Codec Intent Explained
1:46 – Video File Containers (MP4, MOV, etc.)
2:15 – Naming Conventions: H.264 vs AVC
2:46 – Sony’s XAVC & XAVC-S
3:18 – What’s the Difference between H.264 & XAVC?
3:34 – The MXF Container (Material Exchange Format)
3:55 – The “Level” of H.264
4:24 – The “Profile” of H.264
4:41 – Brief Explanation of Bit Depth and Chroma Subsampling
5:05 – H.264 for Acquisition, Post-Processing, & Delivery?
6:00 – The Shortcomings of H.264
6:28 – Some Notes on HEVC H.265
6:56 – All-I vs IPB LongGOP on Editing Performance
8:20 – The Limitations of All-Intra
9:17 – Intermediary Codecs: Apple ProRes vs Avid DNxHR
10:30 – The Purpose of Proxies: Should You Convert H.264 to Edit?
11:35 – Using ProRes & DNxHR as Acquisition Codecs
12:02 – Bitrate Comparison (LongGOP vs All-I vs ProRes vs DNxHR)
14:17 – Why the Black Magic Pocket Cinema 4K Is So Special
14:36 – Atomos Ninja V: The Best Solution for Hybrid Shooters
15:40 – SD Cards vs SSD Price/GB (SD Cards Are Too Expensive)
16:30 – Practical Conclusions: Picking the Right Codec

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