Does setting the project to match import set _all_ parameters

OldNick1 wrote on 11/18/2022, 6:39 AM

MS 2023 Platinum.

When you import the first video to a project, you are offered the chance to make the project match the video.

Does this set all the parameters, such as data rate etc? So assuming I use the same video format as the import, when exporting, does it retain quality?

Alternatively is there a way to set the quality of the exported video?

Thanks for any help



AAProds wrote on 11/18/2022, 7:20 AM


Nick, the data rate is not considered when the program sets the "movie" settings (not "project" settings) and monitor to match the imported clip, so quality is neither retained or reduced by the act of importing a file. The settings that are adjusted are those shown on the E screen (File>Settings>Movie): Frame size (width and height), frame ratio and frame rate.

The exported quality is controlled solely by the export dialogue (eg the format, MPEG 4, HEVC, WMV) and in particular the Advanced screen, where you can set such things the bit rate and the coding quality. The higher the bitrate you set/accept, the better the quality.

All my forum comments are based on or refer to my System 1.

My struggle is over! I built my (now) system 2 in 2011 when DV was king and MPEG 2 was just coming onto the scene and I needed a more powerful system to cope. Since then we've advanced to MP4 and to bigger and bigger resolutions. I was really suffering, not so much in editing (with proxies) but in encoding, which just took ages. A video, with Neat Video noise reduction applied, would encode at 12% of film speed. My new system 1 does the same job at 160% of film speed. Marvellous. I'm keeping my old system as a capture station for analogue video tapes and DV.

System 1

Windows 11 v23H2 severely modified by Openshell and ExplorerPatcher

Power supply: 850W Cooler Master (should have got modular)

CPU: Intel i7 13700K running at 3400mhz, cooled by a Kraken 2x140mm All In One liquid cooler.

RAM: 64gb (2x32gb sticks) G.Skill "Ripjaws" DDR4 3200Mhz

GPU 1: iGPU UHD 770

GPU 2: NVidia RTX 3060Ti Windforce 8gb

C drive: NVME 500gb

Various other SSD and HDDs.

Monitor: 27"/68cm Samsung, 2560 x 1440, 43 pixels/cm.

MEP 2021 version

Movie Studio 2023 version

Magix Video Easy version

System 2

(Still in use for TV and videotape capture)

Windows 10 v22H2

CPU: i5-750 at 2670mhz with 12gb RAM

Onboard IEEE1394 (Firewire) port

GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4770 (512mb) which is ignored by MEP

Hard drives: C Drive 256gb SSD, various other HDDs.

Monitor: Dell 22"/56cm, 1680x1050, 35 pixels/cm

MEP 2021 version

Movie Studio 2023 version

VPX 12

OldNick1 wrote on 11/18/2022, 9:55 AM

AHHH. OK I had not seen the Advanced tab.😳 Thanks muchly. I found it tough to believe that something was not there.