Another Five-Star Review for Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg Book

Reviewer Ian Kennedy recently reviewed Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg on Amazon, and he hit the nail on the head in his five-star review, saying:

Who this book is for:

1) The decision maker who may be skeptical about using FFmpeg in a production environment compared to a turn-key commercial solution.
2) The video-adjacent engineer who has been asked by the decision maker to evaluate FFmpeg for use in a streaming encoding pipeline and needs to ramp up fast on the basics.

I built automation around FFmpeg for a large streaming media service and had this book existed then it would have saved me a lot of time. You can spend days trolling around Stack Overflow and various other forums and still not have all you need to get started. That’s what this book covers.

The only thing I would add is that beyond the information included in the book, the structure facilitates learning, first walking through basics like codec selection and choosing the resolution, data rate and other settings with H.264. Then it transitions to producing full ABR ladders with packaging for HLS/DASH, and encoding with HEVC, VP9, and AV1. So you get all the necessary information in a structure designed to help you use it right away.

About Jan Ozer

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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. I am a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine, writing about codecs and encoding tools. I have written multiple authoritative books on video encoding, including Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video ( and Learn to Produce Video with FFmpeg: In Thirty Minutes or Less ( I have multiple courses relating to streaming media production, all available at I currently work as as a Senior Director in Marketing.

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