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I have a few recordings from my Canon IXUS 90 IS that I have combined into one sequence. I am using this small project as a way to get to know Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.

The pieces of video from the camera are obviously already compressed, and I would like to export the finished product in an equally compressed format to reduce the file size. Which format/codec is best suited for this task? Am I fine with the ones that are already available to me in Premiere, or should I download another somewhere?

I've already tried the Windows Media codec, but I get the error "The source and output audio channels are not compatible or a conversion does not exist" and I have no idea what to do about this.

Video details:

  • File type: AVI
  • Video: 640x480, 30 fps
  • Audio: 44100 Hz, 16-bit, Mono

I am fine with having to fiddle with the parameters in order to get the quality just right. I just need a pointer in the right direction.

Please let me know if further details are needed.

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I use these guidelines when uploading to the internet: vimeo.com/help/compression. I know that's not what you're trying to do but it's a starting point. I find there is very little loss of quality and massively reduced file size. –  Chard Jul 23 '11 at 1:57
    
That was actually just what I was trying to do, so thanks, it helped a lot. Could you post this as an answer instead? –  mbjdev Jul 23 '11 at 11:20
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I use these guidelines when uploading to the internet. I know that's not what you're trying to do but it's a starting point. I find there is very little loss of quality and massively reduced file size.

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