Best Way to Upload your AWARDS Entry

January 3, 2008 Uncategorized

trophyIn my recent experimentation with web video, I’ve been awe struck by the H.264 codec. This compression scheme works amazingly well with video exported from Avid or Final Cut Pro.

Considering your uploaded file to TV must be 100mb or less, this codec may be a great option for getting your video ready for the AWARDS.

The only thing necessary is an upgrade of your free QuickTime player to QuickTime Pro ($30). (For the record, I’m not being paid by Apple for this…)

Apple has a great tutorial on the process.

For Avid, right-click on the sequence you want to convert, and select “export.”

Select where to save the file, and make sure the Export Settings are set to “Fast-Export QuickTime NTSC.”

This will produce an uncompressed .mov file that is roughly 200mb per minute (a rather large file).

Open the exported file in QuickTime Pro (this requires an upgrade of your free QuickTime player

At this point, export the file using the instructions from Apple.

There are many options for getting your video on TV, but we seem to have a bug when it comes to MPEG4. I don’t recommend compressing your video in MPEG4 for use in the AWARDS.

One more thing… because most of us edit stories in 2 channels, and don’t really utilize the stereo effect, it is best to compress your stories in MONO. Otherwise, your reporter will be over on the left speaker, and the interviews will be on the right.

Hope that helps everyone produce beautiful entries for the AWARDS.

Post any questions here… or email

UPDATE: Necktie Boy reminds me that newer versions of Avid have H.264 as an output option. Also, Brad bring us a good point about Windows Movie Maker in the comments.


  1. Brad Ingram says:

    You can also use Windows Movie Maker to compress entries. Just import your video into Movie Maker, put it to the time line.
    Then go to where you save it to your computer. Go to the other ways to compress, I’ve used high broadband 512 kbs to compress the video. One tip make sure your name of the entry is one word without spaces so you’ll avoid uploading problems. Once its compress just follow the uplaoding steps from there.


  2. Scott Dodge says:

    Is there any other way to get video to you other than uploading through the website. Our system isn’t compatible with uploading our video that way.

  3. […] Step 1) Edit your clip in your choice of editor and export it as a digital file. Our system can accept clips in a variety of extensions:  3gp | mp4 | mov | asf | avi | flv | wmv | mpg | mpeg | mpeg4 | xvid | divx | 3gpp. We recommend using the least amount of compression possible, mix your audio to mono, and keep the file below the file size limitation of 100mb. For additional recommendations for how to export your file, check out this post. […]

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