It's no secret that the web has become a major platform for media distribution at all levels, from sharing home movies on Youtube all the way up the chain to major television shows and feature films. In our little world of media production, one of the things we like to do is share things we've worked on, whether it's a camera test or a finished piece of content. Quite often we struggle to maintain quality, yet keep file sizes manageable. We deal with gamma issues, motion artifacts, banding, etc. I thought maybe we could use this thread to share tips and techniques for getting the most out of our footage when we need to share our video online where it is quite often the wild, wild west. I've reserved some spots here for being able to segment into categories if need be. For Example, so far I have Youtube, Vimeo, Blu Ray, DVD, and Windows Media. As people post tips and techniques, we'll evaluate and then move to these segmented categories so the info is easily accessible when people find the thread.
I know guys at RED have been very interested in this as well with their adventure with Tattoo, so perhaps they will share anything they have learned as well. I'm doing my own barrage of tests right now with MPEGStreamClip and X264 (latest version) to see how various settings affect things. Going to be a long process but I will make this testing available at some point.
So, let's have at it. And please, I do ask that we stay on topic. A lot of this is going to be subjective. So, I would suggest we keep it on point as much as possible and try not to let things get off track. Having links to samples, and providing as much detail as possible on how you arrive at settings will go a long way to keeping this on track.