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HD video for upload to YouTube, How to - Final Cut & iMovie 08 - Mac

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Published on Jan 5, 2009

This video explains how to encode an HD video in Final Cut / Final Cut Express & iMovie 08 on a Mac for upload to YouTube. Using this technique, your video will be able to be seen as a HD video.

IMPORTANT!!! YouTube requires some time (an hour or two) after you video is uploaded to be seen as a HD video. Don't worry if you don't see the "Watch in HD" button immediately. It'll appear after a couple hours.

In Final Cut:
1) File - Export - Using QuickTime Conversion
2) FORMAT = QuickTime Movie
3) Click OPTIONS
4) Click SETTINGS a) Compression Type = MPEG-4 Video b) Frame Rate Current c) Quality = BEST d) Click OK
5) Click SIZE a) Dimension = HD 1280 x 720 16:9 b) Click OK
6) Under SOUND Click on SETTINGS a) FORMAT = AAC b) Channels = Stereo (L R) c) RATE = 44.100 d) Quality = Better e) Click OK
7) Click OK
8) Save with a name
9) Upload this video to YouTube
10) Wait for an Hour or Two AFTER the upload is complete to see the Watch in HD Button.

In iMovie 08:
1) Share - Export - Using QuickTime Conversion
2) FORMAT = QuickTime Movie
3) Click OPTIONS
4) Click SETTINGS a) Compression Type = MPEG-4 Video b) Frame Rate Current c) Quality = BEST d) Click OK
5) Click SIZE a) Dimension = HD 1280 x 720 16:9 b) Click OK
6) Under SOUND Click on SETTINGS a) FORMAT = AAC b) Channels = Stereo (L R) c) RATE = 44.100 d) Quality = Better e) Click OK
7) Click OK
8) Save with a name
9) Upload this video to YouTube
10) Wait for an Hour or Two AFTER the upload is complete to see the Watch in HD Button.

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