More x264 Comparisons

Here are some screen grabs of clips exported to QuickTime with the x264 Encoder, with and without 2.2 gamma added, then uploaded to YouTube. They were first converted to QuickTime files using ClipWrap, then transcoded to Apple Intermediate Codec before importing to iMovie.

Original MTS file

iMovie exported to QuickTime encoded with x264 with no gamma added, then uploaded to YouTube.

iMovie exported to QuickTime using x264 with 2.2 gamma added, then uploaded to YouTube.

Original .MTS file

Exported to QuickTime using x264 with no gamma added, then uploaded to YouTube

Exported to QuickTime with x264, 2.2 gamma, then uploaded to YouTube

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Café S Revisited

Café S is not only one of the most idyllic coffee shops in a city that boasts thousands of cafés, it must also be one of the most photographed by visitors. For my second video, I arrived early in the morning, when the owner had just switched on the steam jets around the artificial stream that winds through the center of the first floor. I’d also tweaked the settings on my Panasonic camcorder, reducing the color saturation a notch. In previous videos, bright colors were disagreeably vivid. Skin tones and vegetation now look much more natural. I’m still exporting to QuickTime using x264 before uploading to YouTube, but while the colors are less washed out than with H.264, the excessive contrast is beginning to bother me. I’m going to have to experiment to see whether there isn’t some way to retain the color without losing so much shadow detail.

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