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  • Encoding with Media Encoder CS5

    Encoding with Media Encoder CS5

    August 2, 2010, 11:05 am
    Normally when I need to compress video for the web, I often use Apple’s Compressor.

    However, this time around I thought I might as well use the 64 bit native Media Encoder from CS5, seeing that I had to deliver in Flash

    The program is has a very easy and simple to use interface. Simply Drag a clip into the encoding window and select your options from the drop down menu. The menu will show you several options including your custom export settings. This encode required a custom job as the web host has specific needs for video.
    Encoding with Media Encoder CS5
    First step in creating the custom encode was to change the format within the "Format" Tab from F4V to FLV OnVp6. This is a widely accepted Flash codec that will open on various web browsers ensuring you reach the widest audience. The next step was to scale down the footage from 1080p to 720p. By scrolling down you can see the option is there, no real explanation is necessary here.
    Encoding with Media Encoder CS5

    Encoding with Media Encoder CS5
    This next step is a little more crucial, setting bit rates. First change the CBR (Constant Bit Rate) to VBR ( Variable Bit Rate). Now normally you can use a CBR especially when using H.264 for the web however, this time VBR better suits are needs allowing for a little more flexibility. Selecting a "2 Pass" is a must, a single pass on the video will ensure your HD footage looks horrendous. If this was SD you could get away with it, but seeing that our footage was HD and nearly 8 mins long, a 2 pass is a must.
    Encoding with Media Encoder CS5
    Setting Key frames are mandatory this helps ensures not only quality, but audio sync as well. The web hosting provider specifically required for keyframes to be set to 180 frames. By "Undershooting" the quality to you can maintain a smaller file size, and yet not loose a tremendous amount of quality. I usually undershoot from 85 - 90%. Beneath the advance setting you can see that Media Encoder will give you an estimate file size for the compressed file. This is a nice feature especially when you need to meet strict requirements for web delivery. This feature is an estimate though, it can vary depending on the setting you use for compression. I found for this flash encode the file ended up being 6mb larger than the estimate.
    Encoding with Media Encoder CS5
    Audio is simple enough, just a stereo MP3 sound at 256 kbs is fine. Now that your are done you are ready to render. Simply click " Start Queue" and watch as the progression yellow bar moves along. Media Encoder has a great little preview window in the lower right hand corner. By keeping an eye on this you can see your footage being compressed out and just double check and errors on titles or lower thirds. This is a very nice feature.
    Encoding with Media Encoder CS5
    Audio is simple enough, just a stereo MP3 sound at 256 kbs is fine. Now that your are done you are ready to render. Simply click " Start Queue" and watch as the progression yellow bar moves along. Media Encoder has a great little preview window in the lower right hand corner. By keeping an eye on this you can see your footage being compressed out and just double check and errors on titles or lower thirds. This is a very nice feature.
    Finally thoughts on Media Encoder CS5, not only is it now 64bit native, making it the fastest Media Encoder to date. It is also a great simple and easy to use compressing tool. A great piece of software in my tool belt in the battle between quality vs file size.

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    • Highlights from NAB 2011
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      Highlights from NAB 2011

      April 25, 2011, 10:02 am
      This year at NAB Show 2011 there was so much to see and so many great people to meet. Post -Production was dedicated to entire Hall which and an unbelievable amount of editing gear. The industries finest could been seen almost everywhere. BlackMagic Design and Grass Valley had some of the largest booths there.

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    • Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Support at NAB
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      Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Support at NAB

      April 19, 2011, 9:25 am
      Matrox announced at NAB for Thunderbolt using an adapter to connect to your existing MX02 or Mini. This will allow users with the latest generation of Macbook Pros with Thunderbolt to support 10 gigabits per second that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable.

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    • EditShare at NAB
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      EditShare at NAB

      April 18, 2011, 1:38 pm
      EditShare was on hand at NAB showing off their latest hardware and software. Some of these included were EditShare Flow (production asset management), Energy & XStream (shared storage), Geevs (broadcast ingest/playout) and Ark (archiving).

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    • Grass Valley releases the ADVC Range at NAB
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      Grass Valley releases the ADVC Range at NAB

      April 18, 2011, 11:22 am
      The four new ADVC G- Series converters offer a number features, such as frame synchronization, 3D stereoscopic signal conversion, and true 1080p capability with 3Gb/s SDI. These new converters come in a variety of flavors.

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    • Introducing Final Cut Pro X
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      Introducing Final Cut Pro X

      April 13, 2011, 4:28 am
      Apple has finally given us a preview of the new Final Cut Pro X. It has been entirely re-written from the ground up. There are some fantastic new features added and you will be able to download it to your mac for the unbelievable price of only $299.

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    • AJA's New Thunderbolt I/O
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      AJA's New Thunderbolt I/O

      April 12, 2011, 2:52 pm
      AJA is on the floor show casing various products from Kona cards to I/O to converters. A real stand out here at NAB is AJA’s new I/O Express supporting Thunderbolt Technology. With speeds up to 800mbs is such a small package. This is really looks capturing and monitoring with AJA just became a whole lot faster and better.

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    • BlackMagic Design Press Conference
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      BlackMagic Design Press Conference

      April 11, 2011, 8:20 pm
      Nab 2011 is off with a big band. Plenty of gear to see and plenty of event to attend. I started off this morning with a special invite from BlackMagic Design to their press conference . They had several outstanding things too announce.

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    • After Effects: Sign Replacment
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      After Effects: Sign Replacment

      March 28, 2011, 8:23 am
      A brief look at how to replace signs in your film using After Effects, and avoid a lawsuit.

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    • BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Review
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      BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Review

      March 21, 2011, 9:47 am

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    • NAB 2011 An Evening With Tej
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      NAB 2011 An Evening With Tej

      March 16, 2011, 10:24 am
      Art of the Guillotine is proud to announce Tej’s Tech Blog will be at NAB covering the event. While there, come join us for An Evening with Tej. Tej Babra will lead a workshop at NAB discussing editing workflow techniques, and technology to improving your editing workflow.

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