Posts Tagged ‘flv’

39 Dollars for FLV Export

Friday, November 30th, 2007
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On2 (the people behind Flash 8’s FLV Video Encoder, On2 VP6) make a rather inexpensive video exporter for Flash called Flix Standard. They also seem to have other more expensive products but if you pre-edit the video before it ever needs to be made into a FLV this should work pretty good. I learned that Adobe will not let you install the Flash Video Encoder by itself without another license. So if you have several people that need to convert videos for Flash, but will never even use Flash itself, you don’t want to shell out several hundred dollars to do so.

The most affordable, entry level desktop encoding application for FLV video for Adobe® Flash® Player 8 and 9.
Put your video on the web in three clicks. Flix Standard encodes virtually every type of video, audio and image file into Flash, the most popular media format on the Internet. An amazing value, Flix Standard is the perfect entry-level video encoding solution.

Create an Image Slideshow for a DVD, Video or FLV

Friday, November 30th, 2007
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I ran into this program today, while I was searching for something to create video based slideshows, DVD Slideshow GUI. I tried out the Video and FLV export and it turned out pretty nice. The UI isn’t that great but it’s pretty good. Of course you could also use Windows Movie Maker for videos, but again the UI isn’t great for that either.

Note: DVD slideshow GUI is a user interface for great free tools like Avisynth, Dvdauthor, HCenc, Media Player Classic, FFmpeg, Flvtool2, Mplex, Demux, mkisofs ect. and is coded in wxBasic. It comes as an installer with all the nessesary files included.

Making Good Video for the Web

Friday, April 13th, 2007
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It’s a good idea to set a standards for yourself (and/or your web team) and I would recommend using 320×240 (width by height). This is a decent size and will also allow you to make the videos work on the iPod. Flash video seems the most accessible for most people, as you wont have to worry about codecs, or requiring someone to have Windows Media Player or Quicktime (which is kind of slow to load in browsers). Most people have the Flash Player and now that Unix/Linux support is back, they are not left out either. Although you still might want to export video for Flash 7 (Flash MX 2004) using the Sorenson Spark codec, despite what Adobe says the market numbers are for Flash 8. You can export your video twice and do a version check and show one using that for Flash 7 Players and use the On2 VP6 codec for Flash 8 and above. Flash 8 video (On2 VP6) will look better and be smaller in filesize than Flash 7 video (Sorenson Spark). I’ve seen Flash 8 video exported at low quality still beat Flash 7 video on high quality. At work we tried several methods of what the digital video file should be before exporting it in Flash for it to become a FLV. And what we realized is that using the H.264 codec got the best results in quality and filesize. Its really amazing how we were able to cut our filesizes in half (for the FLVs) and maintain superior video quality. On another note, if you record video in HD format you will always end up with a widescreen version (letterbox) which wont end up being 320×240, they usually end up 320×180 or 320×200.