Personally, I export from


Personally, I export from editors as an image sequence (usually .png or .tiff) and let Quicktime Pro (about $30) do all the encoding to MP4. I use H.264 (the same codec YouTube uses). If it’s 720p (1280×720) I set the data rate to 4096 kbits/sec, which is slightly over the bitrate youtube uses anyway. If you find a video you like the look of on YouTube, right click it and press “Show video info”. There’s usually some good info on there, like framerate and bitrate.

An example of video exported this way-

Good luck!

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