I’ve been struggling to find the best settings to use to save my edited videos. My video camera takes 1280×720 HD footage and I edit with Sony Vegas. There are many formats to choose from and I want a balance of low disk usage and high quality. I found this post and the settings recommend appear to be work well. After selecting Sony AVC I select the “Internet 16:9 HD 30p template and verify the settings as described (except Audio format is ACC).
Save as type “Sony AVC”
Video Rendering Quality: Best
Frame Size: Custom
Width: 1280 Height: 720
“Uncheck” Allow source to adjust frame size
Entropy Encoding: CABAC
“Uncheck” Allow source to adjust frame rate
Field Order: None (Progressive)
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0000
Bitrate (bps): I recommend anywhere from 4,000,000 to 6,000,000 for Vimeo. Only go below for longer videos.
Sample Rate: 48,000 Hz
Bit Rate: 128,000
RESULT: quality indistinguishable from the original. and if you wanna push it even further, add a ‘light shrapening’ effect to your footage, and the outcome will be EVEN BETTER than your original MTS file quality.
SIZE you ask? between 45 to 60% of the original MTS size.
The output format is the perfectly universal and usable MP4.