October 3, 2014 at 9:45AM


What are some good dedicated Encoding software for Mac

I have read that AME is not the best for making high quality H.264, any thoughts or suggestions on encoding programs and practices? I have also read that it is best to give vimeo a super high quality file(higher than you would ever want to playback) because they recompress your original file. I will be doing that but I am interested in getting a better encoding program if there is a noticeable increase in image quality


In my experience AME is fine for vimeo stuff, and you can encode for vimeo specifically which makes uploading faster... but i haven't heard about uploading super high quality and letting vimeo encode it down. i like to encode once, and then be done with it (for online proaction. not selling blue rays or theatre stuff)

As for quality, I find it good, Im not sure i would use it if i was filming for the big screen.
But AME is fine, and you can follow these settings: https://vimeo.com/help/compression
to help you compress it like vimeo will.

as far as other dedicated encoders for mac, you can look at "compressor" which is $50 and is made by apple. i haven't heard much about it, but a lot of people use it so maybe its better than AME, who knows!

October 3, 2014 at 11:02AM

Connor Norvell
Cinematographer, Writer, Director

i've ready some articles on this website as well for encoding in AME, but i havn't had much problems.
However, something very interesting we discovered at our office, different computers with different video cards convert differently.
we have the fully upgraded new Mac Pro (trash can) with the best video option. However it has more artifacts and noise at times vs our imac retina with nvidia graphics. i've also experienced many artifacts exporting the same video in the past on my 15" retina laptop.

adobe still doesn't play so nice with amd/radeon graphics.
our pc with a gtx 770 OC has been the smoothest and cleanest.

so yes software does matter but also your computer does.

October 4, 2014 at 8:46AM

Kazu Okuda

In my experience AME is fine for vimeo stuff, and you can encode for vimeo specifically which makes uploading faster.

March 27, 2020 at 10:03PM


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