After you create a video clip and are ready for the compression for a vlog on the web, there are many settings that you can choose with your video editing software for the final file saving.
Below is a list of settings that you should pay close attention to in order to produce the best possible web video containing American Sign Language:
320×240 (good viewing size for the web)
384k bps (the quality is high enough but still easily downloaded with high speed internet)
Two-pass VBR (makes the animation of ASL more clear)
24 frames per second (smooth animation, not choppy)
Key frame every 50 frames (animation stays up to date every 1.5 seconds)
There are two ways to show your video on the web.
- If you want to show top-notch quality, you will need to host them locally with your ISP. This is how Joey Baer is able to show crystal clear video. This is not free, it will have a monthly fee as part of your ISP plan.
- If you upload to youTube or Google Video, they will re-encode it to lower quality but it’s still pretty good even for viewing ASL. These services are free and you get the benefit that users are able to search and find your video clip more easily. Google Video also makes it very easy for you to add subtitles to your video if you feel it’s important to increase your potential audience of viewers.
This particular vlog was saved with the above settings.