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Video Compression what does it really mean.

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

Afidus is always improving their app and increasing it's capability, just like iOS. With that said, one of the more recent changes within the recent firmware update to 4334 and 4367 found on the ATL-200 and 201 models and likewise found on the updated ATL-200S models is the Compression toggle.


Afidus has simplified this video setting within the Settings fly-out menu.


When selected it will present two options.

Compatible and Efficiency.


The file size will vary with settings.

A rough answer is. Efficiency compression is equal to 30% smaller than capturing in Compatible.


Our Take:

(Because that's important too...)


Leave it on Efficiency to use as much as you can within your existing card.


Reason:

If you are checking your cameras weekly/biweekly and especially monthly like we recommend within normal operating standards using the "one-minute to-win-it" during weekday, daytime hours i.e. 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

Your 16gb card will not fill up and you will be due for a battery change.



Let's dive deeper into this topic.

Specifically Compatible uses the H.264 codec which is reliable across most video players and editing software. Efficiency uses the HVC1 codec which is not compatible with Mac OS older than High Sierra 10.13. What this means for older Mac users.... quick time will not play the file. DO NOT worry, a solution is just around the corner. Use VLC player. This handy dandy little backup player comes in great allowing you a back-up, just in case.


Otherwise, you might need to look into updating your operating system for proper playback.


Remember:

Efficiency offers the option of capturing 30% more footage within the same card space without compromising video quality.


Let's be safe.

Sure you can save your card space. However let's talk about content safety.


Now Save it:

Pull the content from the card, by replacing the card, and back it up to a second or third location for safe keeping and editing in the future.


This is another blog topic on how to store and organize your Timelapse Content safely.





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