Webinar: H.264 Encoding for Newbies and Optimizers

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Description: This free webinar teaches streaming media novices how to produce high-quality H.264 output delivered via efficient encoding ladders that optimize quality, compatibility, and bitrate efficiency. The webinar will also introduce the concept of per-title encoding and discuss implementation options.

What you will learn:

  • What H.264 is and where it plays
  • Compatibility-related H.264 configuration options and how they impact quality and encoding cost (profile, level, entropy coding)
  • H.264 configuration options that control quality (preset) and how this impacts quality and encoding cost
  • How to use x264’s Constant Rate Factor Encoding (CRF) and Netflix’s VMAF quality metric to identify the optimal bitrate for all rungs in your encoding ladder
  • How to create a single encoding ladder for all target viewers (and the trade-offs this entails)
  • What per-title encoding is, why it matters, and implementation options

Who should attend:

  • Encoding newbies who need to learn the basics of H.264 encoding
  • More experienced encoding professionals seeking to make their encoding ladders as efficient and compatible as possible


Jan Ozer
Owner, Streaming Learning Center
Author: Video Encoding by the Numbers: Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video

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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