Download Free Chapter of Updated FFmpeg Book

I’m releasing the 2018 update to my book Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg in 30 Minutes or Less, and you can download a chapter for free below.

It’s Chapter 4 on bitrate control techniques which includes constant bitrate encoding (CBR), variable bitrate encoding (VBR), Constant Rate Factor (CRF), and Capped CRF. As with all chapters, there’s instruction to help you decide which alternative is best for you, in this case, a short tutorial on the pros and cons of the two primary techniques, CBR and VBR, and their respective quality. Then the chapter details how to encode with each technique, with six batch files illustrating the command line arguments. I’ve included a copy of the complete table of contents at the back of the chapter so you can see what’s in the rest of the book.

You can also download the batch files for that chapter and the media files used in the book.

For more information about the book, or to buy, please click here. The book costs $29.95 for the PDF version, which is available now. The print edition will cost $34.95, and will be available whenever the heck Amazon decides to make it available (but I’m hoping by around September 1).

The PDF version of the 2018 Edition is available free to anyone who purchased the first edition. Those who purchased the PDF version should have already received your copy. If you purchased the print edition, please send proof of purchase to and I’ll send you the new edition.

Click here to download Chapter 4

Click here to download the batch files and content (about 500 MB).

About Jan Ozer

I help companies train new technical hires in streaming media-related positions; I also help companies optimize their codec selections and encoding stacks, and evaluate new encoders and codecs.

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