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Import Options

Import Options

LifeFlix supports NTSC and PAL formats. In the Import window that appears during your import, you can choose from two checkboxes

Rewind Tape Before Import. Leave this checked if you're importing a new tape to ensure that the tape is rewound before Import. If you want to import a section from the middle of the tape, or want to re-import a part of a video, then uncheck this box before import.

Compress Video On Import.We recommend leaving this box checked because the quality is great. It also creates a smaller file and uses MP4 compression, which is modern and has a high quality. If you uncheck the box, it will Import without adding additional compression and will leave the video in its original DV format. Convert To HD. You can choose to Convert To HD on import. Doing so will increase the SD size from (640 x 480) to (1920 x 1080) while maintaining the (640 x 480) aspect ratio. To prevent the SD video from being distorted, you will notice that this will place black letterbox margins on the left and right of the video

More on Compression....

  • Compressed (leaving the box checked). We use a .mov QuickTime wrapper and apply the Quicktime h.264 or MP4 codec for compression. The data rate for compressed is 3.3 mbps, frame rate is 29.97 (same as original), and resolution is 640x480 (same as original). This option also deinterlaces the video (most people won't see any difference between compressed and uncompressed). MP4 videos upload to YouTube the fastest because it is the format they use on their platform.
  • Uncompressed (unchecking the box). We merely perform a transcode of the original DV file. It does not compress the original video, it only adds a .mov QuickTime wrapper to it. Choosing uncompressed also retains the original resolution, frame rate, etc. Also, there is no deinterlacing done. 60 minutes of uncompressed video is going to take about 13 GB of storage space. Uploading DV files to YouTube takes a lot longer because YouTube needs to transcode the format to MP4.
  • See a visual comparison of video with each compression method here. Want more information? Learn more here: MP4 compression and DV compression.