HTTP Dynamic Streaming delivery, introduced in Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe Flash Media Server 4, enables live and on-demand streaming over standard HTTP infrastructures. Special considerations must be made in preparing content for delivery using this method, as the files need to be fragmented and packaged according to certain specifications. Understanding these specifications and their associated settings is imperative to achieve optimum playback quality.
About this document
This white paper describes techniques, best practices, and recommended settings for encoding live and video-on-demand (VOD) files for use with Flash Media Server and HTTP Dynamic Streaming delivery.
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Topics covered:
  • H.264-specific settings
  • Keyframe intervals
  • Bitrate switching
  • MP4 stream packaging
  • Encoding variants (recommended settings)
Intended audience
This technical white paper is intended for the following audiences:
  • Developers and content publishers who want to understand limitations and considerations for HTTP Dynamic Streaming delivery
  • Encoding professionals who are seeking insight and specific guidelines for encoding media for HTTP Dynamic Streaming delivery
Where to go from here
For more information about Flash Media Server, please visit the Flash Media Server product page and the Flash Media Server Developer Center.
Learn more about HTTP Dynamic Streaming for flexible delivery of on-demand and live video streaming.
Learn the recipes of video compression—both as an art form and as a highly technical process—by downloading the Video Encoding Cookbook and Profile Guidelines for the Adobe Flash Platform.

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