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Chapter 6. Shooting for Compositing & Streaming > Shooting for Streaming Video

Shooting for Streaming Video

Compositing is traditionally used to place your subject in a different environment. One question I’m frequently asked is whether compositing techniques can also produce higher-quality video than noncomposited footage when compressed at the low bitrates required for streaming video. It’s an important question, given that the type of business and educational video we’re creating here is increasingly delivered via streaming media. Here’s the general rule of thumb for creating low bitrate composited video.

Video with limited motion compresses more effectively than video with lots of motion. If you shoot against a green screen and superimpose that video on top of a still image, then encode the result, the entire background doesn’t move, which should allow the codec to concentrate on the foreground subject and produce higher-quality video.


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