WARNING: This method does not work as of February 4, 2008.
Check out Armando's Tut for 2pass encoding using MEncoder. http://youtube.com/watch?v=g0ijzRfb1Pw
Real length of this video is 3:06
Quick comparison of video quality using and without using the method
This video describes the method to bypass YouTube's video conversion which makes everything crap.
All credit to 45tripp at videohelp.com forum http://forum.videohelp.com/topic33688... for finding and sharing the method. The video is just one way of doing it.
I'm not an expert in the whole video editing/processing/encoding business which should be pretty obvious from the VARIOUS problems this video suffers from.
Here are the links to the mentioned tools:
-Riva FLV Encoder
(requires flash plugin installed for Internet Explorer. I didn't have it when I tried to make the video, which gave me a little trouble)
Grab them all in a zip file:
If the above link dies, get it from http://blip.tv/file/get/Xtmnx-Youtube... and change extension to .zip. (Yeah, cheap file hosting)
1. This method might fail to work at anytime. It worked fine as of Dec. 23, 2007.
2. Do check out that forum post link above. Everything much better explained. You definitely wanna use multipass encoding for longer videos which you can't do with Riva. (afaik)
3. You want your original video to be as high quality as possible, with resolution at least equal to 480x360.
4. List of hex values (c+p'd from 45tripp's post)
4E00 (the rest zeroes) = 1 min
5E00 = 2 min
6680 = 3 min
6E00 = 4 min
72C0 = 5 min
7680 = 6 min
7A40 = 7 min
7E00 = 8 min
80E0 = 9 min
82C0 = 10 min
849F = 10:59 min
84A0 = 11 min
YouTube safely accepts 11 minutes.
5. Videos processed this way will show false length when uploaded and played in YouTube player.
6. To be honest, you wouldn't really wanna go 2800b/s like in the video, which just makes the video take longer to load without much quality difference. Experiment with video bitrate and find balance between size and quality to suit your needs. 700-1000kbps seems good enough for me.
7. This screenshot might help with using xvi32.