I have 0 video editing experience. I imported a video and used shotcut to trim it. Now I am ready to export. My first attempt was crazy, because I picked the best of everything and got a 50 GB size which is double the original file size even though I made the video shorter.
My second attempt I followed some guides I found here and played around with the codec section, The results were actually OK. I had a MUCH smaller file, about 700K, but the quality was noticeable worse. The video was still watchable, not awful, but was way less smooth and a tad fuzzy.
I’d like to hit the sweet spot and get a decent file size (no more than 3 GB), and maintain the high quality I imported.
On the VIDEO tab I matched the resolution and frames with my source. I have read a few posts here, some say to check the box that says “parallel processing”, others don’t mention it. Do i check it or not?
the Audio tab I understand
the CODEC tab is ridiculously confusing and seems to have the most impact on the file size AND quality. Do I select libx264? What do I set “quality” to there? What should the “crf” read? What do I put for GOP? What do I put for B frames?
Please help me. I’ve spent about 2 days trying different settings rendering this 2 hours movie over and over and just getting bad results.