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?
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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.
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.
Hmmm...that's surprising. That camera shoots 720p60, but only 1080p30. The 720p30 has twice the sample rate.