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Encoding Video to Flash for Website


I use the "Riva" encoder for my videos to put on my website, which you recommended on a SBI forum. I would like to have the best quality flash after the video is encoded.

What do the terms on the encoder mean and how do they effect the quality of the finished product? What does Framerate, Bitrate, Deinterlace mean and how does each effect the end result along with the movie size choice?


Jim White

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Encoding Video to Flash for Website

Hi Jim,

I did recommend Riva Encoder as a good free Flash encoder, but it's main drawback is it does not support the latest WMV video format.

This is why I have changed my recommendation this year and created a free account on SBITUBE for SBI! Forum users to upload and convert their videos to HQ FLV for free (See tutorial on SBI! Forum for details).

When encoding to FLV for web video, you are always trying to get a balance between video quality and file size. Essentially, the higher the bitrate the higher the video quality AND the bigger the file size.

Experiment with the settings and see how small a file you can create, whilst maintaining good quality video. Start at about 700kbps for the bitrate and go from there.

Hope that helps?

Mr Video :-)

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