Understanding video encoding principles is critical to achieving the best playback quality for every screen. Whether you are a beginner or video professional, these resources aim to help you optimize your video files and encoding workflow.


1. Learn basic encoding principles and tools
Watch this comprehensive overview (video) to understand video encoding basics. Then read about best practices for capturing and encoding video for Flash. When you're ready to encode, get familiar with using Adobe Media Encoder CS5, find out what's new in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5, and how to get started quickly (video). Finally, understanding the encoding ecosystem for Flash will allow you to plan and optimize your video delivery and playback experiences.
2. Choose the best video compression and bit rates
Read this video compression primer to understand F4V-specific settings in Adobe Media Encoder and learn about estimating acceptable video bit rates. Use the Flash video (FLV) bitrate calculator to help with bit rate calculations.
3. Deliver optimized video to all screens
To target mobile devices, understand mobile video and Flash Player by learning about encoding best practices and using a sample player.
4. Capture and deliver a live broadcast
Get a quick overview of setting up a live webcast using Flash Media Live Encoder and Flash Media Server, and then create a playback SWF file to embed in your web page.
Advanced encoding techniques
Video on devices
Get an introduction to video integration across the growing collection of devices and screens.
Use advanced video features that are widely deployed with Flash on the desktop in your mobile AIR apps.
Learn how to achieve 720p video quality on tablets with Adobe AIR.
Adapt your videos to multiple device types and screen sizes by using the StageVideo API to optimize video delivery on televisions.
Follow these simple encoding guidelines to maximize the reach of your video content on smartphones and tablets with minimal cost and effort.
Read about the latest mobile optimization features in Flash Player.
Learn how to optimize video for delivery on mobile devices using the capabilities of Flash Player 10.1 and later.
Delivery and playback
Create immersive experiences for your video, content, and applications using the full-screen feature in Flash Player 9 and later.
Advanced encoding guidelines
Encoding profiles and specifications
Learn how to improve the overall quality of your encoded video, producing the very best quality possible.
Read the open F4V/FLV specification for storing media content used to deliver streaming audio and video for playback in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR.
Guidelines for devices
This white paper describes techniques, best practices, and recommended settings for encoding live or video-on-demand files for optimal playback on mobile devices.
Deliver the best possible video playback experiences to BlackBerry PlayBook using advanced video capabilities in Flash Player and AIR.
Related resources
Use the FLVCheck tool, which supports MP4s and FLVs, to verify that a video file runs properly on Flash Media Server.
Determine the optimal bitrate at which to encode your Flash video files using this helpful tool.
Use the F4V Post Processor tool to prepare F4V files for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, delivery over HTTP, or in video players that support H.264 and AAC formats.


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