162: Faster Video Compression

162: Faster Video Compression


This in-depth, online session, hosted by Larry Jordan, explains how to pick the fastest video compression hardware, software, codecs and settings to compress your videos for YouTube faster and still retain image quality.

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Presented: June 10, 2015

Each week, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 46:00
File sizes: 712 MB (ZIP files)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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Video compression is much like watching paint dry. It takes a long time and its very boring.

In this session, host Larry Jordan shows how to compress your video faster by optimizing your settings and helping you understand what’s going on “under the hood.” Building on his tests looking at video compression speed and quality, Larry shares what he discovered in this session.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Which hardware compresses video for YouTube the fastest
  • Which software compresses video for YouTube the fastest
  • Which codecs compress the fastest
  • How to optimize Adobe Media Encoder for speed
  • How to optimize Apple Compressor for speed
  • How and when to enable multiple instances of Compressor

If you want to learn how to compress faster with higher quality and get your work done sooner you need to watch this session.


This session is designed for any video editor who wants to compress media more quickly. (This training only requires QuickTime Player to view.)


To help you quickly find the information you need, we included chapter markers in the QuickTime movie for easy navigation. Click here to learn how to display them in your download.


  • References to research articles
  • Pick the fastest hardware
  • Pick the fastest software
  • Thoughts on Adobe Media Encoder
  • Thoughts on Apple Compressor
  • When to use multiple instances in Compressor
  • Pick the fastest codec
  • Thoughts on compression settings
  • Optimizing Adobe Media Encoder
  • Optimizing Apple Compressor
  • Enabling multiple instances in Compressor
  • Compressor vs Final Cut Pro X
  • Customizing the YouTube compression setting
  • Questions and Answers