first of all I want to thank the developers for making this great program available to us.
it has a nice interface, pretty intuitive to use and fun. just by watching a few tutorial videos I got my project just where I wanted it within an hour!
The only area that I find difficult and not so intuitive is exporting. Unfortunately, there seems to be no detailed user manual which explains all of this.
I know similar questions have been asked but I don’t think there has been a good answer yet. sorry if I am beating a dead horse.
for a simple test, I downloaded a video from youtube called “introducing windows mixed reality”.
It is an mp4. resolution of 1280x720, H264 codec, 29.97 frame rate. It is one minute and seven seconds long with a file size of 8.05 megs.
I loaded this into shotcut and exported with the H264 high profile with its default settings. It produced a file size of 16.1 megs, about double the original size! This is using a “quality” setting of 60%. If the quality is set to 100% then the file is over 100 megs!!!
This “quality” setting is confusing, setting it to 100 SHOULD be exporting at 100% of the original “quality” as increasing the bitrate of the original is useless, it will only make the file larger not better. By setting the quality to 39% I got a file close to the same size as the original, but this is very misleading, it gives the impression that my exported file is only 39% as good as the original.
There SHOULD be a way to tell shotcut to match the exported video quality to the original, this seems like a standard function, will this ever happen?
Is there a way to do this?
I am assuming playing with the quality setting is the only way to adjust file size, within the scope of your chosen output file type, is this true?