This is the first in a series of video tutorials on producing H.264, in this case detailing how to do so using the Adobe Media Encoder.
Here’s some background information explaining some of the encoding decisions made in the tutorial. First, the project involved a concert produced solely for streaming, so I shot in progressive mode. Hence no mention of de-interlacing. Since music was involved, I encoded in 128 kbps stereo, where usually I produce in mono at 64 kbps or less.
I was producing for Flash distribution, so I encoded using H.264 and chose the F4V extension, rapidly becoming the standard for H.264 Flash output. The video will be distributed via progressive download (hence 2-pass VBR) solely to computers, and is not targeted at iPods or other devices. For this reason, I use H.264’s high profile. Had I wanted to produce a file that would load on an iPod, I would have used the Baseline profile. Of course, had I been producing for a streaming server, I likely would have produced in CBR mode, though that’s not essential.