Adobe Premiere suggests a list of presets when encoding a video. For me, the good candidates to encode for YouTube are:
- HDTV 1080p 24 High Quality
- HDTV 1080p 25 High Quality
- HDTV 1080p 29.97 High Quality
- NTSC DV Widescreen High Quality
- PAL DV Widescreen High Quality
- YouTube Widescreen SD
- YouTube Widescreen HD
So far, I've tried
YouTube Widescreen HD and
YouTube Widescreen HD.
YouTube Widescreen HD is quite fast to encode, and the exported file is not too big. But there is a slight decrease from the 1080p raw footage (I'm using footage from a Panasonic HDC-SD900), and it is only available in 720p max in YouTube.
So I've tried
HDTV 1080p 24 High Quality. The quality is almost as good as the raw footage (it is hard to tell the difference). But the video takes ages to encode, and its size is huge (for a 1min30 video, the size is about 30MB with
YouTube Widescreen HD, and 300MB with
HDTV 1080p 24 High Quality.
Is there something in between that gives good results? Based on the format, aspect ratio and frame rate of YouTube, what should I use?