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  1. Question: In theory, which will provide better quality:
    - Encoding 720p MOV source to 720p MP4 OR
    - Encoding 1080p MOV source to 720p MP4 ?
    (assuming high quality source files)

    MOV source is Zoom Q3HD camera.

    I know most people would say, "try it out and see what looks best to you" but
    I am asking about this theoretically since a 1080p source has many more
    pixels per frame than a 720p source.

    Any ideas or comments?

    Thanks,
    Kevin
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    Probably be about the same. (given the camera)

    Although the 1080p may have a lower color bit depth, and if that's the case, the 720p might look better.
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  3. FYI, I did a visual test and confirmed that the 1080p source resulted in a noticeably better 720p MP4 conversion.
    MP4 from 1080p source provide better clarity and detail. MP4 from 720p source had a slight "painted" look to it.

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    Hmmm...that's surprising. That camera shoots 720p60, but only 1080p30. The 720p30 has twice the sample rate.
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  5. Originally Posted by vcddude View Post
    FYI, I did a visual test and confirmed that the 1080p source resulted in a noticeably better 720p MP4 conversion.
    There are so many variables I wouldn't draw any general conclusion from this.
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