Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback

Create great quality video for web distribution, watching on computers or mobile devices or burning to DVD and Blu-ray
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  • Jan Ozer Streaming Learning Center

    Ozer is the owner and chief blogger at the Streaming Learning Center. Ozer has been compressing video since 1993, and wrote his first book, Video Compression for Multimedia, in 1994. Since then, Ozer has written over 20 books on video production and compression, most recently Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, and the Visual QuickStart Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, both in 2013. Ozer has also published screencam-based instructional materials for multiple publishers, including Lynda.com, Video2Brain and Online Inc, and training and marketing screencams for companies like Adobe, NewTek, Matrox, Vislink, DVEO, Winnov, Telestream and VideoGuys.

    As a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, Ozer has tested most cloud, enterprise and desktop encoding tools, and has written many articles and tutorials regarding their use. Ozer is a frequent speaker on streaming and video production-related topics at industry events, including Streaming Media conferences, NAB, and other conferences worldwide.

    Ozer consults widely on live and on-demand streaming and encoding-related topics, including preset creation, encoder usage and optimization, webcast production, streaming workflow efficiency, and online video platform selection. Ozer also produces streaming and production-related training for a range of enterprises, which have included Kroger, NASA, Lockheed, the Federal Reserve, the US Navy, John Hopkins University, and HBO. In the Virginia region, Ozer shoots concerts and other events for live or on-demand streaming and for distribution via Blu-ray and DVD.

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Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback

Create great quality video for web distribution, watching on computers or mobile devices or burning to DVD and Blu-ray
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed for two types of users. If you're new to compression, you will learn how to produce high quality video for distributing over the web, watching on your computer or smart TV/console, for inserting into iBooks or to record onto DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

If you know the basics of compression, this course will serve as a valuable reference for questions that inevitably arise when encoding video, like what's the best key frame setting for web video (Lesson 5), what's the best way to work with x264 (Lesson 17) or how do I implement HTML5 (Lessons 31 & 33).

All lessons contain video, most integrating both PowerPoint instruction and screencam demos. All lessons longer than ten minutes are annotated so you can quickly find the content most important to you. Most lessons have links to other Internet-based resources.

This course has six major sections:

Terms and technologies (95 minutes) - provides an overview of codecs and compression, basic encoding configurations (resolution/frame rate/data rate) and then looks at configuration options like bitrate control (VBR, CBR), frame types (I-, B- and P-frames) and container formats. Then it looks at audio encoding parameters (sample rate/channels/data rate), deinterlacing and aspect ratio issues. The section concludes with a look at three free and essential tools, MediaInfo, Bitrate Viewer and MPEG Streamclip.

Codecs (52 minutes) - This section walks you through a brief history of codecs used in streaming, DVD and Blu-ray and cameras and intermediate codecs used in editing. Then three lessons introduce you to H.264, with a final lesson on using x264.

Encoding Recipes (62 minutes) - These lessons provide specific instruction for those producing video for uploading to UGC/OVP sites, for playing on mobile devices, for local or TV/console playback, for streaming from a web site, burning onto a DVD or Blu-ray disc or inserting into iBooks Author.

Encoding Programs (126 minutes) - All encoding programs have idiosyncrasies when it comes to producing streaming video. In these tutorials, for Apple Compressor 4.1, Adobe Media Encoder, Sorenson Squeeze, Telestream Episode and HandBrake, you'll learn these idiosyncrasies and learn to efficiently produce high quality video ideal for your target uses.

Distributing Your Web Video (34 minutes) - This section teaches you how to distribute your video over the web. First it outlines your distribution options, including user generated content sites, online video platforms or from your own website via HTML5. Then it provides focused tutorials that show you how to distribute with all three options.

Optimizing Your Source Videos (68 minutes) - You can't have high quality streaming video without high quality video. In these lessons, you'll learn to optimize your source footage in Premiere Pro, FCP 7 & X and to remove noise with the Neat Video filter. Then you'll learn to clean your audio in Audition, FCPX, and iZotope RX3, which produces the best quality of the three. The penultimate lesson discusses audio compression, a technique which can improve the clarity of your encoded audio, and the final lesson shows how to declip audio recorded too loudly.

    • Minimal, though previous experience editing or encoding video is a plus. The initial courses are very basic, and provide the fundamental knowledge required for later courses.
    • Over 58 lectures and 11 hours of content!
    • By the end of the course, you will know how to encode video for optimal quality and playback performance on a variety of platforms, including computers, mobile devices, SmartTVs and console devices (Roku/Apple TV) plus for recording onto DVD and Blu-ray discs.
    • You will know how to configure H.264 for delivery to a range of platforms, and how to work with the x264 codec.
    • You will know how to use HTML5 to deliver H.264 video to mobile and desktop viewers over the web.
    • You will know how to upload video to, and embed videos from, UGC sites like YouTube and OVP sites like Wistia.
    • You will know how to maximize quality and encoding performance with Adobe Media Encoder, Apple Compressor, HandBrake, Sorenson Squeeze and Telestream Episode.
    • You will know how to encode video for insertion into iBooks Author without optimizing.
    • You will know how to pre-process your audio and video for maximum compressed quality.
    • Anyone who needs to deliver top quality video to computers, mobile devices, SmartTVs and console devices (Roku/Apple TV) or for recording onto DVD and Blu-ray discs.

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CURRICULUM

  • SECTION 1:
    Terms and Terminology
  • 1
    Where Do You Want to Send Your Video Today?
    04:47

    This introductory video explains the organization of the course and provides an overview of the major sections and individual lessons.

  • 2
    Codecs and Compression
    07:08

    This course covers compression basics like what compression is, how it works, what a codec is and how you choose the right codec for the specific encoding task. You’ll also learn about topics like lossy compression, which is why video encoded for the web can sometimes look pretty awful (and how to avoid this).

  • 3
    Lesson 2 Quiz: Codecs and Compression
    4 questions
  • 4
    Basic File Configuration Options
    22:20

    In this lesson, you'll learn basic file configuration options that apply to all encoded files that you produce, including resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio, video standard and data rate.

  • 5
    Lesson 3 Quiz: Basic File Configuration Options
    9 questions
  • 6
    Bitrate Controls (Mastering VBR, CBR and CQ)
    16:35

    In this lesson you'll learn the difference between Constant Bit Rate encoding (CBR) and Variable Bitrate Encoding (VBR). You'll also learn how to optimize quality when using both techniques, and most importantly, when to use each technique. You'll also learn about Constant Quality (CQ) or Constant Rate Factor (CRF) which is a useful bitrate control that some encoders offer for archiving and similar purposes.

  • 7
    Lesson 4 Quiz: Bitrate Control
    6 questions
  • 8
    Frame Types (I-Frames, B-Frames, and P-Frames, Oh My!)
    08:00

    In this lesson, you will learn what an I-Frame or Key frame is, how often you should insert them, and other typical I-Frame related parameters, like inserting I-Frames at a scene change. You'll also learn what B-Frames and P-Frames are, with more about them available in Section 2, Lesson 4 on Advanced H.264 Encoding Options.

  • 9
    Lecture 5 Quiz: Frame Types
    5 questions
  • 10
    Container Formats and Related Concepts (and Why They Matter)
    06:13

    In this lesson, you'll learn how to choose the proper container format for your encoded video. While configuration options like codec and resolution largely determine quality, container formats impact compatibility. Until you're comfortable with how a .mp4 file differs from a .mov file, or what an MPEG-2 Transport Stream is and when and why you need one, you might make critical errors that impact whether your video file plays for your intended audience. So spend a few minutes here and avoid those potential problems.

  • 11
    Lesson 6 Quiz: Container Formats
    4 questions
  • 12
    Encoding Audio
    07:26

    Unless you're encoding silent movies, audio is at least as important as video--perhaps more so, since web viewers expect sub-par video, but are used to perfect audio. In this lesson, you'll learn what the common audio-related encoding parameters are and how to configuration them.

  • 13
    Lesson 7 Quiz: Audio Parameters
    4 questions
  • 14
    Mastering Deinterlacing (Avoiding those Nasty Jaggies)
    06:23

    Most of us know interlacing artifacts when we see them; the slices and jaggies that noticeably degrade the quality of our video. Fortunately, they're easy enough to diagnose and avoid, and you'll learn how in this lesson. If you're working with interlaced source video, it's definitely one that you don't want to miss. You'll also learn how shooting in progressive mode can avoid this problem entirely.

  • 15
    Avoiding Aspect Ration-Related Issues (And Why CNN Could Use This Lesson)
    10:36

    Aspect-ratio related problems are another issue that's easy to spot, but remarkably, it's one that took CNN years to correct. If subjects in your videos look too skinny or too fat, you'll learn how to identify and correct the problem in this lesson. If you're converting lots of SD video for the web, it's a particular problem, and another reason you should check out this lesson.

  • 16
    MediaInfo and Bitrate Viewer: Two Free Tools You Shouldn't Compress Without
    07:18

    A craftsperson is only as good as his or her tools. In this lesson, you'll learn how to find and use two free and critical encoding-related tools, MediaInfo and Bitrate Viewer. Knowledge is always power, and these two tools will show you an incredible amount of information about your encoded video files.

  • 17
    Trimming Without Reencoding with MPEG StreamClip (Another Free Tool)
    03:40

    Once in a blue moon, you'll need to trim frames from an encoded clip without re-encoding, which adds another layer of compression loss. When that moon comes, check out this tutorial, which tells you how to get and use MPEG StreamClip to trim or cut and paste without reencoding.

  • SECTION 2:
    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Codecs But Were Afraid to Ask
  • 18
    A Brief History of Codecs
    13:45

    This lesson covers the history of codecs in three markets; streaming, optical and acquisition. It’s not essential, but if you’re aware of technologies like RealVideo or Silverlight, and wonder about what they are or were, and what happened to them, it may be worth a watch.

  • 19
    Codecs in the Production Workfow-Capture, Intermediate and Distribution Codecs
    08:03

    When you produce video, you work with codecs at each stage of the process. Your camera encodes the video for storage, then perhaps you transcode that to an intermediate format like ProRes or Avid DnxHD for editing. Then you encode again for delivery. Sometimes, the capture and delivery codecs are the same (H.264), sometimes they’re not. In this lesson, you’ll learn all about capture, intermediate and delivery codecs so you'll know exactly what you're doing at each stage of the production process.

  • 20
    Introduction to H.264
    08:03

    H.264 is currently the “it” codec, the only one you really need to reach computers and mobile devices. So if you encode a lot of video for web distribution, you’ll be working with H.264 a lot. In this lesson, you’ll learn what H.264 is, how it relates to the MPEG-4 specification (and MPEG-4 codec), which audio codecs can be used with H.264 and which container formats can deliver H.264-encoded video. It’s a great foundation for your future H.264 encoding efforts.

  • 21
    Lesson 14 Quiz: Introduction to H.264
    4 questions
  • 22
    H.264 Profiles and Levels-Ensuring Compatibility With Your Target Players
    07:53

    Profiles and levels determine the compatibility of the file you're producing and the target platform for playback. Use the wrong profile and the file won't play. Got your attention? In this lesson, you'll learn what profiles are, what they do and which profile to use for computers and mobile devices. You'll also learn where levels fit in, and how much quality difference profiles really make.

  • 23
    Lesson 15 Quiz: H.264 Profiles and Levels
    4 questions
  • 24
    Advanced H.264 Parameters
    07:49

    If you like tinkering with your H.264 encoding parameters, this lesson is for you. Here, you'll learn about parameters like Entropy Encoding (CABAC/CAVLC) and advanced B-Frame and P-Frame options. If you're confused about how an I-Frame differs from an IDR Frame, and how the adaptive B-Frame configuration option differs from Pyramid B-Frames, take this lesson and you'll be enlightened.

  • 25
    Lesson 16 Quiz: Advanced H.264 Parameters
    4 questions
  • 26
    Working with x264
    06:22

    x264 is the highest quality H.264 codec, and it's used in freeware tools like FFMPEG and HandBrake and desktop transoders like Sorenson Squeeze and Telestream Episode. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use x264 presets and tunings to quickly dial in the optimal tradeoff between quality and encoding speed.

  • 27
    Lesson 17 Quiz: Working with x264
    3 questions
  • SECTION 3:
    Encoding Recipes
  • 28
    Encoding for Uploading to YouTube or other UGC/OVP sites
    08:46

    No matter what you do, YouTube is going to re-encode your video after you upload it. So you better upload the highest possible quality files you can, and follow several other rules to get the best possible result. In this lesson, you'll learn the "rules according to YouTube" so the videos you show the world on YouTube will look their best.

  • 29
    Lesson 18 Quiz: Encoding for Uploading to UGC or OVP
    5 questions
  • 30
    Encoding for Mobile Playback
    05:18

    Encoding for mobile playback isn't hard; it's just very technical and precise, and if you don't know the rules, you may produce a file that won't play on your target device. In this lesson, you'll learn the rules for encoding for playback on Apple and Android playback.

  • 31
    Lecture 19 Quiz: Encoding for Mobile Playback
    3 questions
  • 32
    Encoding for Local Disk-Based Playback
    06:23

    When encoding for playback on your computer, the natural inclination is to go big, encode a high-resolution file at very high data rates so it will look its very best. But at some point, higher data rates deliver diminishing returns, and hey, if a buddy asks for the video, you really do want it to fit on a thumb drive.

    This lesson explores topics like the optimal data rate for SD and HD content, using data mined from how Hollywood encodes prime-time episodes for iTunes delivery. It also raises practical considerations like screen size, the source and transfer mechanism, and encoding recommendations from Roku, Google TV and Apple TV.

  • 33
    Lesson 20 Quiz: Encoding for Disk Based Playback
    3 questions
  • 34
    Encoding for Streaming
    11:15

    Encoding for streaming is always a trade-off, where you balance data rate and resolution to produce a file you can deliver to your viewers in real time. In this lesson you'll get a quick review of those parameters, and then learn how to compute and apply the single most important metric in streaming, bits per pixel. Then you'll see the configurations used by major corporate websites and broadcasters, plus get a cheat sheet the will instantly help you identify the ideal configuration for your streaming video. You can opt for the short answer delivered 40 seconds in, or stay for the entire lesson and round out your knowledge of streaming encoding.

  • 35
    Lesson 21 Quiz: Encoding for Streaming
    6 questions
  • 36
    Encoding for DVD
    10:09

    Encoding for DVD is easy, right? Just use the preset right there in your encoding tool and you're done, right? Well, not so fast, Bucko (or Buckette). Many encoder presets will produce files that may not play on the el-cheapo and old DVD players scattered in living rooms around the world. And then you'll have to field a phone call from your disgruntled friend/family/colleague and, worse yet, have to replace the DVD. So watch this lesson and save us all the aggravation.

  • 37
    Lesson 22 Quiz: Encoding for DVD
    3 questions
  • 38
    Encoding for Blu-ray
    08:22

    The are multiple technical and practical considerations to weigh when encoding files for Blu-ray delivery, like which codec for audio and video, and which data rates. Even the video formats supported is persnickety - did you know Blu-ray won't play 1080p30, just 1080p24 aor 1080i60? When it comes to encoding for optical disc, what you don't know can hurt you. This lesson covers those details, and many, many more, to help you produce files that will look and play well on your Blu-ray player.

  • 39
    Lesson 23 Quiz: Encoding for Blu-ray
    4 questions
  • 40
    Encoding for iBooks Author
    12:39

    Now that iBooks Author can import any file that QuickTime can, Apple has made it easy to add videos to its fabulous iBooks. There's just one problem; Apple encodes those files using data rates almost double what Hollywood uses for their iTunes episodes, making them hugely inefficient and doubling or tripling the file space and download time they consume.

    In this lesson, you'll learn how to produce a file that iBooks author won't reencode using the data rate of your choice, so you can pack as much video into your iBook as you need to. If you're authoring for iBooks, this one lesson may be worth the price of admission.

  • 41
    Lesson 24 Quiz: Encoding for iBooks Author
    3 questions
  • SECTION 4:
    Optimizing Encoding with Your Encoder
  • 42
    Optimizing Output Quality with Apple Compressor 4.1
    19:31

    Apple Compressor 4.1 (after the recent upgrade) is the key encoding tool for Final Cut Pro X. This tutorial starts with an overview of the program and its workflows, and then details how to create and apply custom presets. Then it shows how to create H.264 files for general distribution and reviews Compressor's presets for DVD and Blu-ray output. It concludes with a look at how to deinterlace in Compressor and how to make sure that you output aspect-ratio correct video from the program. Though the tutorial is lengthy, the table of contents lists the time each section of content starts, so you can easily watch the desired content.

  • 43
    Optimizing Encoding with Adobe Media Encoder
    19:08

    Adobe Media Encoder is the encoding tool for Premiere Pro. This tutorial starts with an overview of the program and its workflows, and then details how to create and apply custom presets. Then it shows how to create H.264 files for general distribution and reviews Adobe Media Encoder's presets for DVD and Blu-ray output. It concludes with a look at how to deinterlace in Adobe Media Encoder and how to make sure that you output aspect-ratio correct video from the program. Though the tutorial is lengthy, the table of contents lists the time each section of content starts, so you can easily watch the desired content.

  • 44
    Perfecting Your Encodings with Sorenson Squeeze
    33:37

    Sorenson Squeeze is a popular and well-featured desktop encoding tool used by many streaming media producers. This tutorial starts with an overview of the program and its workflows, and then details how to create and apply custom presets. Then it shows how to create H.264 files for general distribution and reviews Squeeze’s presets for DVD and Blu-ray output. It concludes with a look at how to deinterlace in Squeeze and how to make sure that you output aspect-ratio correct video from the program. Though the tutorial is lengthy, the table of contents lists the time each section of content starts, so you can easily watch the desired content.

  • 45
    Producing Top Quality Video with Telestream Episode
    35:23

    Telestream Episode is another popular and well-featured desktop encoding tool used by many streaming media producers. This tutorial starts with an overview of the program and its workflows, and then details how to create and apply custom presets. Then it shows how to create H.264 files for general distribution and reviews Episode’s presets for DVD and Blu-ray output. It concludes with a look at how to deinterlace in Episode and how to make sure that you output aspect-ratio correct video from the program. Though the tutorial is lengthy, the table of contents lists the time each section of content starts, so you can easily watch the desired content.

  • 46
    Hanging Out with HandBrake
    19:08

    HandBrake is a free, cross-platform encoder that essentially serves as a GUI for x264 encoding, and it produces excellent output quality. This tutorial starts with an overview of the program and its workflows, and then details how to create and apply custom presets. Then it shows how to create H.264 files for general distribution and reviews HandBrake’s presets for device output. It concludes with a look at how to deinterlace in HandBrake and how to make sure that you output aspect-ratio correct video from the program. Though the tutorial is lengthy, the table of contents lists the time each section of content starts, so you can easily watch the desired content.

  • SECTION 5:
    Distributing Your Video Over the Web
  • 47
    Exploring Your Distribution Alternatives; DIY, UGC or OVP
    12:09

    So you've decided to post your videos online, congratulations. You have three options, doing it all yourself (DIY), posting videos to a (user generated content) UGC site like YouTube or using an online video platform (OVP) like Wistia or Brightcove. All three approaches have their pros and cons, which you'll learn about in this lession.

  • 48
    Lesson 30 Quiz: Exploring Your Distribution Options
    5 questions
  • 49
    Distributing to Mobile and Desktops via HTML5
    22:06

    HTML5 is a great technology for easily and inexpensively reaching desktop and mobile viewers, but there are some limitations, and you need to know techniques like Flash Fallback to reach 100% of all desktop browsers. In this lesson, you'll get an overview of what HTML5 can and can't do and how to use it, with nuts and bolts implementation direction in Lesson 5.

  • 50
    Lesson 31: Distributing to Mobile and Desktops via HTML5
    3 questions
  • 51
    Uploading Files to and Embedding Files from UGC and OVP Sites
    08:33

    OK, raise your hand if you never uploaded a video to YouTube, or never embedded a YouTube video into a website. Go ahead, no one can see you. Actually, while I'm guessing that few who've actually made it this far are in this class, I wanted to provide a tutorial for those who might be. So this is it. I also wanted to show how working with an OVP was very much like working with YouTube and other UGC sites. So, in this tutorial, you'll learn how to encode a video for uploading to a UGC/OVP site, and after the upload, how to embed that video into a web page.

  • 52
    Distributing via HTML5 and Squeeze - The Nuts and Bolts
    07:59

    Lesson 2 provided the theory; this lesson the nuts and bolts. Here, you'll learn how to encode videos for HTML5 playback in Sorenson Squeeze, and how to embed those videos into a website. I demonstrate with Squeeze because it's the easiest way to implement HTML5; the tool does all the heavy lifting for you. But if you can code a bit, and know how to create both WebM and H.264 files, this lesson should provide the information to do it yourself without Squeeze.

  • SECTION 6:
    Optimizing Your Audio/Video Source Materials
  • 53
    Perfect Your Video Before Encoding in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6/CC
    08:26

    You can't have high quality streaming video without high quality video. In many cases, optimizing the brightness and contrast of the source video in your video editor does more to improve quality than anything you can do on the encoding side. In this lesson, you'll learn how to enter Premiere Pro's Color Correction Workspace, how to read a Waveform Monitor and how to optimize the brightness and contrast of your source videos in Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6.

    The file worked on in the tutorial is available for download so you can follow along.

  • 54
    Color and Brightness Adjustments in Final Cut Pro X
    07:40

    You can't have high quality streaming video without high quality video. In many cases, optimizing the brightness and contrast of the source video in your video editor does more to improve quality than anything you can do on the encoding side. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use Final Cut Pro X's video scopes and color board to optimize the brightness and contrast of your source videos.

    The file worked on in the tutorial is available for download so you can follow along.

  • 55
    Color and Brightness Adjustments in Final Cut Pro 7
    10:25

    Final Cut Pro 7 was a grand old program beloved and still used by many. If you're one of those, and you're not familiar with FCP7's color and brightness controls, we have a lesson for you. In this lesson, you'll learn how to shift into Color Correction mode, how to work with FCP7's Waveform Monitor, how to use the Brightness and Contrast adjustments and why the Color Corrector is a better option. The lesson concludes with a look at fixing backlit video and perfecting white balance.

    The file used in the tutorial is available for download so you can follow along.

  • 56
    Remove Low Light Gain and Other Video Noise with the Neat Video FIlter
    11:07

    Every so often you'll have to shoot in low light conditions and your video will be grainy, which makes it really hard to compress at high quality. One great tool for removing this noise is the Neat Video filter; you'll learn how to use it in this tutorial.

  • 57
    Eliminate Clicks and Pops and Background Noise with Adobe Audition
    09:54

    Sometimes pops and clicks appear in your audio, and often background noises creep their way in as well. In this lesson, you'll learn how to cure both problems with Adobe Audition.

    You can download the file used in the tutorial and follow along.

  • 58
    Eliminate Clicks and Pops and Background Noise with Final Cut Pro X
    07:16

    Sometimes pops and clicks appear in your audio, and often background noises creep their way in as well. In this lesson, you'll learn how to cure both problems with Final Cut Pro X.

  • 59
    Remove Transient and Background Noise with iZotope RX3 (the best quality option)
    07:00

    While Adobe Audition and Final Cut Pro are competent at transient and background noise elimination, iZotope RX3 is the best tool for the job. In this lesson, you'll see (and hear) why, and learn how to cure both problems in RX3 as well.

  • 60
    Improve the Clarity of Your Speech with Audio Compression in Adobe Audition
    04:28

    I produce a lot of screencams, and sometimes my voice fades at the end of the day, which can make the instruction muffled and less distinct. Audio compression is a great way to fix that, and it's really convenient in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition. Learn how in this tutorial.

  • 61
    Declipping Audio That's Been Recorded Too Hot with iZotope RX3
    01:59

    We've all recording clipped, distorted audio from a signal that's too hot, resulting in time-consuming retakes or total disaster if the audio is from a live event. The Declip feature in iZotope RX3 can reduce that disaster to a quick and easy fix. This tutorial shows you how.

  • SECTION 7:
    Adobe Media Encoder-Specific Section
  • 62
    Overview of the Adobe Media Encoder Workflow
    05:03

    This tutorial will provide an overview of the Adobe Media Encoder interface and show you the many ways that you can load files into the encoding queue.

  • 63
    Setting Preferences in the Adobe Media Encoder
    04:40

    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to set settings for the Adobe Media Encoder's most important preferences.

  • 64
    Working with Presets with the Adobe Media Encoder
    09:08

    In this tutorial, you'll learn about the Adobe Media Encoder's presets. We start with a review of the formats supported in Adobe Media Encoder Creative Cloud, and then learn how to create, customize, save, import and export Adobe Media Encoder presets.

  • 65
    Working Efficiently in the Adobe Media Encoder Queue Window
    07:34

    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to work in the Encoding Queue, learning how to add presets, change encoding priorities, pause, stop and resume encoding, and how to encode multiple files as efficiently as possible on multiple-core computers.

  • 66
    Scaling and Cropping: Avoiding Black Bars and Aspect Ratio Mismatches
    04:13

    In this tutorial, you'll learn how to scale and crop in Adobe Media Encoder while avoiding black bars and aspect ratio problems. If you're experiencing any of these issues, watch this tutorial to resolve them.

  • 67
    Working the Adobe Media Encoder Effects Tab
    03:06

    The new effects tab lets you add a Lumetri look to file before encoding, as well as text, timecode and graphics file overlays. These can be very useful when you don't want to edit the file in Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to apply these effects.

  • 68
    Deinterlacing with the Adobe Media Encoder
    02:24

    This tutorial describes how Adobe Media Encoder handles deinterlacing. The short answer is that AME deinterlaces anytime you produce a progressive file from interlaced source, but there are no compression controls to adjust.

  • 69
    Creating and Using Watch Folders
    03:40

    Watch folders are great for efficiently encoding files, and for sharing encoding capabilities over a workgroup. In this tutorial, you'll learn what a watch folder is, what it's good for, how to create one and how to configure the format and preset.

  • 70
    Encoding for Streaming
    11:08
  • 71
    Producing an H.264 File for Streaming with the Adobe Media Encoder
    13:03

    H.264 is the current "it" codec you'll use for a range of target platforms, from desktops, to mobile, to OTT and when distributing via Flash and HTML5. In this tutorial, you'll learn which H.264-related audio and video options Adobe Media Encoder makes avaialble, and how to configure them.

  • 72
    Producing files for recording to a DVD with the Adobe Media Encoder
    07:51

    In this tutorial, you'll learn to encoding compressed audio and video files to add to a DVD. We'll start by looking at the DVD spec, and practical requirements of encoding for DVD playback. Then we'll learn to choose and configure the best preset for your content and apply that preset in the Adobe Media Encoder.

  • 73
    Producing files for recording to a Blu-ray disc with the Adobe Media Encoder
    08:06

    In this tutorial, you'll learn to encoding compressed audio and video files to add to a Blu-ray disc. We'll start by looking at the Blu-ray spec, and practical requirements of encoding for Blu-ray playback. Then we'll learn to choose and configure the best preset for your content and apply that preset in the Adobe Media Encoder.

  • 74
    Encoding for Uploading to YouTube or other UGC/OVP sites
    09:15

    No matter what you do, YouTube is going to re-encode your video after you upload it. So you better upload the highest possible quality files you can, and follow several other rules to get the best possible result. In this lesson, you'll learn the "rules according to YouTube" so the videos you show the world on YouTube will look their best. you'll also learn how to encode for uploading to other user generated content sites, as well as online video platforms like Wistia and Brightcove.

  • 75
    Encoding for Mobile Playback
    07:42

    Encoding for mobile playback isn't hard; it's just very technical and precise, and if you don't know the rules, you may produce a file that won't play on your target device. In this lesson, you'll learn the rules for encoding for playback on Apple and Android playback.

  • 76
    Encoding for Adaptive Streaming with the Adobe Media Encoder
    16 pages

    Adaptive streaming is the preferred technique for delivering video to a range of viewers on varying devices and connections because it optimizes the experience for all viewers. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to produce files for adaptive streaming with the Adobe Media Encoder.

  • 77
    Compression Fundamentals; A 75 page e-book
    77 pages

    To use the Adobe Media Encoder effectively, you need to know quite a bit about a lot of topics, like codecs and compression, container formats, file characteristics like resolution and data rate, bitrate controls like constant and variable bitrate encoding, and delivery concepts like single file and adaptive streaming. This document defines all these items, plus lots more, as you can see in the Table of Contents below.

    Many of these terms are defined in lessons above, though you may find this document a faster way to acquire the same information.

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  • Ian Carpenter
    Compression for Web, Mobile and Physical Media.

    Jan's knowledge of video compression for web based delivery is very broad and the depth of knowledge that Jan has around Live Streaming and Adaptive Streaming for VoD will benefit anyone trying to understand complexities around video distribution in the Digital age giving many insights into the state of modern video distribution technologies for Web, Mobile and applications requiring physical media... Jan's knowledge of encoding and transcoding technologies is awesome he takes you through many real world scenarios and discusses in depth a wide range of tools to help you get there.

  • Daniel Suarez
    Well Organized

    Great introductory course. Looking forward to a more advanced course from Mr. Ozer.

  • Heidi Mclennan
    Informative and practical

    I'm new to compressing video, but I needed to learn how to encode and post videos for a blog I am planning to create. This course taught me all the basics, and is a great resource to return to. I am more confident about sharing videos. Thank you.

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