Hello Videohelpers! I have been a long time lurker here but finally need a question answered quickly that I couldn't find a decent answer to via some googling.
Basically my friend recorded some in-game footage with FRAPS and it's standard massive avi files but I am going to be doing the video editing. He has about 10 minutes of footage that I would like to look at and edit for a video. He has Sony Vegas 9 and I use Adobe Premier. The videos are in 1080p. So instead of him uploading 13GB of files I don't mind a tad bit of compression, but is there a codec or some render setting that he can use to reduce the size and still make it workable in Premier? This isn't a large 'paying' job or anything, just for fun so a little bit of loss isn't going to kill us. I had him try out .264 in an mp4 but I can't see what he's actually doing but he said it didn't look good. What are your opinions? Thanks!
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You should be able to get very good quality with h264.
I haven't tried export to h264 in any premiere version but try!
You could also use another converter to shrink it to mp4 with h264 like handbrake, vidcoder, tx264,etc and see how it looks like. Use a high bitrate or constant quality setting for better quality.
But it's not the best format for editing though.