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  1. If you can, export from insta studio with an absurdly high bitrate, say h264 slow crf 12 or 40-80Mbps. Then delete the file once you’re done editing. I would second Meserias, shotcut is free, uses ffmpeg backend which allows for high quality, numerous output options. Shotcut uses a MLT file to store and translate the edits you made in the application to command line instructions for ffmpeg to apply. Which means as you apply edits, it saves instantly and takes very little storage. There is a very active developer and forum. I think they recently added proxy editing. And if I’m reading correc
  2. One thing most of you guys have not mentioned, which is probably the most important factor regarding video quality is called "generation loss". Each time you export (encode) a video with a "lossy" codec you are changing data and losing quality, almost no matter the bitrate. For this reason its important to take your source video apply all the edits in and encode only one time. That said, if you exported those two 30 minute clips with the same parameters, you should be able to losslessly join them also called "concatenate" using a software other than openshot. This avoids encoding a secon
  3. There is no way to avoid the black level being distorted. Youtube converts rec709 flagged video from 0(black)-255(white) to 16-235 as is the limit for 8-bit shown in the diagram linked below. If you want to test this you can add a chrome extension called colorzilla to use an eyedropper tool on your video and see that the black is at 16. https://imgur.com/a/fb5z7GN
  4. Hey, I assume you're looking for advice on improving video quality. In no particular order here's some things you can change to improve your workflow and quality. Two-pass encoding with a defined bitrate will typically result in a worse outcome than picking a low CRF value (say 18-12, usually 16) with a slow (slower, or very slow) preset. What this does is allows the bitrate to fluctuate to accommodate the variation by allocating data when and where it is needed; which means some portions may use ~2kbps and others ~60kbps, for example. Another thing that will improve quality is rend
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