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Quick video settings for Facebook

Richard Crowe

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I have an A7iii and an A6600 and would like to use either of these cameras to shoot quick video snippets for Facebook publishing. I can get relatively nice video but, the files are very large even for a 15-20 second video snippet.

How can I set either camera so that I can publish the results on Facebook without converting the format or size of files.

What I am actually saying is "How can I set up either camera so the resulting files will be like the files I get from my IPhone 11?"
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AlwaysOnAuto

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I don't have an iPhone 11 so no help here.
I do know my little Canon SD1000's do nice videos with smallish size files shooting at 720i (I think that's the setting they use).
 

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Video is a confusing topic, to me anyway. Just be aware reduced file sizes in theory are likely to also reduce quality - no such thing as a free lunch as they say. But for most purposes you may not notice (or care). I only know enough about video to note a couple of things.

The first thing is File Format. On my A7Riii, the choices are XAVC S 4K, XAVC S HD, and AVCHD. This affects the resolution of the video file. You probably don't need 4K for Facebook, nor would most viewers even notice, and avoiding it will result in a smaller file. I would probably choose XAVC S HD for possibly better IQ over AVCHD (newer format) but the latter might save a little more space. I ran a very quick and short test and going from 4K to HD saved about 20% of the file size.

The other thing I would look at is Record Setting (right under File Format for me). There are two parts to this - number of frames per second and the bit rate. So 60p 25M means 60 (progressive) frames per second at 25 megabits per second. I would stick to 30p or 60p, 24p is usually used for the "cinema look" unless you actually want that. I think 30p 25M is going to a reasonable middle ground.

I would give those a try and see what you think.
 

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