Sony HX1---A pair of Wood Ducks was joined on the Eugene Millrace, by two female Hooded Mergansers.
Shot in 720p and edited into Xvid at 6.7 Mbps.
I made a discovery about video encoding while editing this video. For several weeks, when I published a video into the Xvid format, the bit-rate went very high, typically about 4 times as high as I instructed the AVS Video Editor program to use.
Then, I figured out the problem. I have the Prism Video Encoder on my computer and when I checked its video compression settings, I found that I'd set the quality level at quantizer 1, instead of the default position of quantizer 3. The lower the quantizer number, the higher the encoding quality, but a higher bit-rate may not give any practical advantage, beyond a certain level.
Since many programs borrow CoDecs from each other on a computer, my video editor was getting the Xvid CoDec, including the higher quality level, from the Prism program. After I re-set the Prism video compression back to quantizer 3, the bit-rate my video editor uses is now at the proper level.
Problems with settings on one program, may sometimes be corrected by checking all related programs, that may be acting as CoDec sources.
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