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.