FFmpeg – the swiss army knife of Internet Streaming

作者: nick 分类: as, flash, open, Red5 发布时间: 2011-08-25 00:42 ė 6没有评论

With this post I want to start a small series dedicated to FFmpeg. I have already talked about it 6 years ago when this tool was still young (Why I love FFmpeg: post1 and post2) but in these 6 years it has evolved widely and now it is a really useful “swiss army knife” for Internet streaming. I could define FFmpeg also as one of the pilllars of Internet Video. Sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Google video and the entire trend of UGC would not exist without FFmpeg. It is an exceptionally flexible tool that can be very useful for who works in the streaming business and most of all it is open source and free.

A brief history of FFmpeg

From wikipedia:
“FFmpeg
is a free software / open source project that produces libraries and programs for handling multimedia data. The most notable parts of FFmpeg are libavcodec, an audio/video codec library used by several other projects, libavformat, an audio/video container mux and demux library, and the ffmpeg command line program for transcoding multimedia files. FFmpeg is published under the GNU Lesser General Public License 2.1+ or GNU General Public License 2+ (depending on which options are enabled). The project was started by Fabrice Bellard, and has been maintained by Michael Niedermayer since 2004.”

So FFmpeg is the command line program that using libavcodec, libavformat and several other open source programs (notably x264 for H.264 encoding) offers exceptional transcoding capabilities especially for server side batch transcoding, but also for live encoding and audio/video files manipulation (muxing, demuxing, slicing, splitting and so on).

Me and FFmpeg

I started to study video encoding optimization during University and in the last decade I have used several open source and commercial encoders and defined my own original approaches and optimizations to encoding (take a look at best articles page for some experiments). But encoding video and streaming became a business for me only after the release of FMS and Flash Player 6 in the late 2002. In the next years I developed several real time communication programs for my clients and a couple products. One of these was the “BlackBox” (2005), an HW/SW appliance that acquired multiple video sources using a Flash front-end and a FMS back-end. The system not only acquired video but provided also video editing features.

And here started my FFmpeg discovery. I needed a tool, possibly free, to manipulate FLV (cut, join, resize, re-encode, etc…) to provide the primitive operations of video editing. Being a .net developer I created my own tools (especially for splitting and joining) but then I found FFmpeg to be the best solution to do the most complex parts of the work. So my confidence with FFmpeg dates back to 2005. Around the same year Youtube started to use it as a free and fast way to encode (almost) any video format in input to a common output format (Sorenson’s Spark) for playback in Flash… you know the rest of the story.

Services like Youtube could not afford massive video transcoding using commercial solutions, so a tool like FFmpeg has been of fundamental importance for the sostenibility of their business model. This is why I defined FFmpeg as one of the pillars of Internet Video.

What is it possible to do with FFmpeg ?

The most obvious functionality is the decoding and encoding of audio and video files (transcoding). FFmpeg accepts an exceptional number of formats in input and is capable to decode, process (resize, change fps, filter, deinterlace, and so on) and finally encode to several output formats. But it can do a lot of other useful tasks like extract the elementary AV streams from a container, mux elementary streams in a new container, cut portions from a video, extract track informations.

These are features that FFmpeg has from many years while only more recently has been added the support for RTMP protocol (librtmp)

I think that, for an Internet Streaming professional, this has become one of the most important feature of FFmpeg. Before, if you wanted to acquire streams or push streams to a server in live mode you needed to use the RTP/RTSP protocol, but it is too complex and the implementation not really stable. On the other hand, RTMP is a simple yet powerful protocol and most important of all, it is supported by FMS and Wowza which are the most used streaming server in the last 5 years.

For example with librtmp it is possible to:

1. Connect to FMS, subscribe a live or vod stream and record it to file system.
2. Connect to FMS, subscribe a stream, transcode and publish a new version to a different or the same FMS.
3. Publish a local video file to FMS to simulate live streaming (with or without transcoding).
4. Acquire a live feed on the local PC, transcode and publish to FMS.

The series

After this conceptual introduction I’ll write a series of articles on how to use FFmpeg for base tasks (decode, encode, mux) and than for advanced task (live transcoding with FMLE and FMS).

Concluding I like to underline that with a smart usage of FFmp an dRTMP it is possible to create infine combinations and overcome current limitations of Flash Video platform.
For example, one of the most interesting consequence of the point 3 is that using this tool and Wowza Media Server (or the next release of FMS which will offer HLS compatibility to stream to iOS devices) it is possible to transcode on-the-fly a stream generated by Flash Player (sorenson + asao or speex) to HLS for  consumption on iOS devices…not bad…but we will talk about this in a next post, stay tuned and follow the discussion on my twitter account too (@sonnati).

This is the second part of a small series about FFmpeg (you can find here the intro).

After the short introduction of the previous post, now it’s time to see FFmpeg in action. This post is dedicated to the most important parameters and end with an example of transcoding to H.264. FFmpeg supports hundreds of AV formats and codecs as input and output (for a complete list type ffmpeg -formats and ffmpeg -codecs) but you know that nowadays the most important output format is without doubt H.264.

H.264 is supported by Flash (99% of computers + mobile), iOS, Android, BlackBerry, low-end mobile devices, STBs and Connected TVs. So why target different formats ? A streaming professional has primarily to master H.264. Other formats are marginal, even Google’s VP8 which is still in a too early phase of adoption.

FFmpeg is vast subject, so I’ll focus on what I think to be the most important options and a useful selection of command lines. But first of all, how to find a build of FFmpeg to start managing your video?

FFmpeg, for various reasons, is provided officially only as source files. So you have to compile it by yourself for your platform, otherwise you can easily find “unofficial builds” of FFmpeg here or simply Googling. Be aware that a generic unofficial build can lack some library like libfaac (for AAC encoding) or librtmp (for RTMP support), in this case some of the following examples may throw an error message. The list of all libraries included during compilation is listed in the screen message that appear in console when you launch FFmpeg.

KEY PARAMETERS

This is the base structure of an FFmpeg invocation:

ffmpeg -i input_file [...parameter list...] output_file

Input_file and output_file can be defined not only as file system objects but a number of protocols are supported: file, http, pipe, rtp/rtsp, raw udp, rtmp. I’ll focus on the possiblity to use RTMP as input and/or output in the fourth part of this series, while in the following examples I’ll use only the local file option.

FFmpeg supports litterally hundreds of parameters and options. Very often, FFmpeg infers the parameters from the context, for example the input or output format from the file extention and it also applies default values to unspecified parameters. Sometimes it is instead necessary to specify some important parameters to avoid errors or to optimize the encoding.

Let’s start with a selection of the most important, not codec related, parameters:

-formats   print the list of supported file formats
-codecs    print the list of supported codecs (E=encode,D=decode)
-i         set the input file. Multiple -i switchs can be used
-f         set video format (for the input if before of -i, for output otherwise)
-an        ignore audio
-vn        ignore video
-ar        set audio rate (in Hz)
-ac        set the number of channels
-ab        set audio bitrate
-acodec    choose audio codec or use “copy” to bypass audio encoding
-vcodec    choose video codec or use “copy” to bypass video encoding
-r         video fps. You can also use fractional values like 30000/1001 instead of 29.97
-s         frame size (w x h, ie: 320x240)
-aspect    set the aspect ratio i.e: 4:3 or 16:9
-sameq     ffmpeg tries to keep the visual quality of the input
-t N       encode only N seconds of video (you can use also the hh:mm:ss.ddd format)
-croptop, -cropleft, -cropright, -cropbottom   crop input video frame on each side
-y         automatic overwrite of the output file
-ss        select the starting time in the source file
-vol       change the volume of the audio
-g         Gop size (distance between keyframes)
-b         Video bitrate
-bt        Video bitrate tolerance
-metadata  add a key=value metadata

COMMAND LINES EXAMPLES

And now let’s combine these parameters to manipulate AV files:

1. Getting info from a video file

ffmpeg -i video.mpg

Useful to retrieve info from a media file like audio/video codecs, fps, frame size and other params. You can parse the output of the command line in a script redirecting the stderr channel to a file with a command like this:

ffmpeg –i inputfile 2>info.txt

2. Encode a video to FLV

ffmpeg –i input.avi –r 15 –s 320×240 –an video.flv

By default FFmpeg encodes flv files in the old Sorenson’s Spark format (H.263). This can be useful today only for compatibility with older systems or if you wanto to encode for a Wii (which supports only Flash Player 7).
Before the introduction of H.264 in Flash Player I was used to re-encode the FLVs recorded by FMS with a command like this:

ffmpeg –i input.flv –acodec copy –sameq output.flv

This produced a file 40-50% smaller with the same quality of the input, preserving at the same time the Nellymoser ASAO audio codec which was not supported by FFmpeg in such days and therefore not encodable in something else.

Today you can easily re-encode to H.264 and also transcode ASAO or Speex to something else.

VP6 codec (Flash Player 8+) is officially supported only in decoding.

3. Encode from a sequence of pictures

ffmpeg -f image2 -i image%d.jpg –r 25 video.flv

Build a video from a sequence of frame with a name like image1.jpg,image2.jpg,..,imageN.jpg
Is it possible to use different naming conventions like image%3d.jpeg where FFmpeg search for file with names like image 001.jpeg, image002.jpg, etc…The output is an FLV file at 25Fps.

4. Decode a video into a sequence of frames

ffmpeg -i video.mp4 –r 25 image%d.jpg

Decodes the video in a sequence of images (25 images per second) with names like image1, image2, image 3, … , imageN.jpg. It’s possible to change the naming convention.

ffmpeg –i video.mp4 –r 0.1 image%3d.jpg

Decodes a picture every 10 seconds (1/0.1=10). Useful to create a thumbnail gallery for your video. In this case the putput files have names like image001, image002, etc.

ffmpeg –i video.mp4 –r 0.1 –t 20 image%3d.jpg

Extracts 2-3 images from the first 20 seconds of the source.

5. Extract an image from a video

ffmpeg -i video.avi -vframes 1 -ss 00:01:00 -f image2 image-%3d.jpg

This is a more accurate command for image extraction. It extracts only 1 single frame (-vframes 1) starting 1min from the start of the video. The thumbnail will have the name image-001.jpg.

ffmpeg -i video.avi -r 0.5 -vframes 3 -ss 00:00:05 -f image2 image-%3d.jpg

In this case FFmpeg will extract 3 frames, each every 1/0.5=2seconds, starting from time 5s. Useful for video CMS where you want to offer a selection of thumbnails and a backend user choose the best one.

6. Extract only audio track without re-encoding

ffmpeg -i video.flv -vn -acodec copy audio.mp3

Here I assume that the audio track is an mp3. Use audio.mp4 if it is AAC or audio.flv if it is ASAO or Speex. Similarly you can extract the video track without re-encoding.

7. Extract audio track with re-encoding

ffmpeg -i video.flv -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 128k -f mp3 audio.mp3

This command extract audio and transcode to MP3. Useful when the video.flv is saved by FMS and has an audio track encoded with ASAO or Speex.

ffmpeg –i video.flv –vn –acodec libaac –ar 44100 –ac 2 –ab 64k audio.mp4

The same as above but encoded to AAC.

8. Mux audio + video

ffmpeg -i audio.mp4 -i video.mp4 output.mp4

Depending by the content of the input file you may need to use the map setting to choose and combine the audio video tracks correctly. Here I suppose to have an audio only and video only input files.

9. Change container

ffmpeg –i input.mp4 –acodec copy –vcodec copy output.flv

I use this to put h.264 in FLV container, sometimes it is useful. This kind of syntax will come back when we will talk about FFmpeg and RTMP.

10. Grab from a webcam

On Linux it is easy to use an audio or video grabbing device as input to FFmpeg:

ffmpeg -f oss -i /dev/dsp -f video4linux2 -i /dev/video0 out.flv

On windows it is possible to use vfwcap (only video) or direct show (audio and video):

ffmpeg -r 15 -f vfwcap -s 320×240 -i 0 -r 15 -f mp4 webcam.mp4

ffmpeg -r 15 -f dshow -s 320×240 -i video=”video source name”:audio=”audio source name” webcam.flv

Notice here that the parameters –r –f –s are setted before –i.

11. Extract a slice without re-encoding

ffmpeg -i input -ss 00:01:00 -tt 00:01:00 -acodec copy -vcodec copy output.mp4

Extract 1min of video starting from time 00:01:00. Be aware that putting the -ss and -tt parameters before or after -i may have different effects.

12. Make a video file from a single frame

ffmpeg -loop_input -vframes 1 -i frame.jpg -t 10s -r 25 output.mp4

Generate a video with 25Fps and length 10s from a single frame. Playing with -vframes it is possible to loop a sequence of frames and so loop on entire input video.

13. Add metadata

ffmpeg -i input.flv -vcodec copy -acodec copy -metadata title=”MyVideo” output.flv

Useful to change or add metadata like resolution, bitarate or other info

14. Encode to H.264

Let’s conclude this second part of the series with an example of encoding to H.264 + AAC. In the example above I have used, for simplicity sake, FLV or MP4 output. But to encode to H.264 you have to explicitly set the output codec and some required parameters.

ffmpeg -y -i input.mov -r 25 -b 1000k -vcodec libx264 -pass 1 -vpre fastfirstpass -an output.mp4
ffmpeg -y -i input.mov -r 25 -b 1000k -vcodec libx264 -pass 2 -vpre hq -acodec libfaac -ac 2 -ar 44100 -ab 128k output.mp4

This first example tells FFmpeg to use the libx264 to produce a H.264 output. We are using a two pass encoding (-pass 1 generate only a stat file that will be used by a second pass). The -vpre option tells FFmpeg to use the preset file “fastfirstpass” that its found in the preset folder of the FFmpeg installation directory. The second line performs the second pass using a more accurate preset (-vpre hq) and adds the audio encoding.

FFmpeg use a dedicated remapping of the most important parameters of libx264. x264 has an high number of parameters and if you know what you are doing you can also set each of them individually instead of using a predefined preset. This is an example of two pass encoding without preset:

ffmpeg -y -i input -r 25 -b 1000k -vcodec libx264 -pass 1 -flags +loop -me_method dia -g 250 -qcomp 0.6 -qmin 10 -qmax 51 -qdiff 4 -bf 3 -b_strategy 1 -i_qfactor 0.71 -cmp +chroma -subq 1 -me_range 16 -coder 1 -sc_threshold 40 -flags2 -bpyramid-wpred-mixed_refs-dct8x8+fastpskip -keyint_min 25 -refs 3 -trellis 0 -directpred 1 -partitions -parti8x8-parti4x4-partp8x8-partp4x4-partb8x8 -an output.mp4

ffmpeg -y -i input -r 25 -b 1000k -vcodec libx264 -pass 2 -flags +loop -me_method umh -g 250 -qcomp 0.6 -qmin 10 -qmax 51 -qdiff 4 -bf 3 -b_strategy 1 -i_qfactor 0.71 -cmp +chroma -subq 8 -me_range 16 -coder 1 -sc_threshold 40 -flags2 +bpyramid+wpred+mixed_refs+dct8x8+fastpskip -keyint_min 25 -refs 3 -trellis 1 -directpred 3 -partitions +parti8x8+parti4x4+partp8x8+partb8x8 -acodec libfaac -ac 2 -ar 44100 -ab 128k output.mp4

IN THE NEXT PART

In this second part of the series we have taken a look at the most important “not codec related” features of FFmpeg.
The next part will entirely dedicated to how encode to H.264 using FFmpeg and libx264. Stay tuned.

This is the third part of a series dedicated to FFmpeg. Here you find the first and second part. In this article we will look more closely at the parameters you need to know to encode to H.264.

FFmpeg uses x264 library to encode to H.264. x264 offers a very wide set of parameters and therefore an accurate control over compression. However you have to know that FFmpeg applies a parameter name re-mapping and doesn’t offer the whole set of x264 options.

Explain the meaning of all the parameters is a long task and it is not the aim of this article. So I’ll describe only the most important and provide some useful samples. Therefore, if you want to go deeper in the parameterization of FFmpeg, I can suggest you to read this article to know the meaning of each x264 parameters and the mapping between FFmpeg and x264. To know more about the technical principles of H.264 encoding, I suggest also to take a look at the first part of my presentions at MAX2008, MAX2009 and MAX2010.

ENCODING IN H.264 WITH FFMPEG

Let’s start analyzing a sample command line to encode in H.264 :

ffmpeg -i INPUT -r 25 -b 1000k –s 640×360 -vcodec libx264 -flags +loop -me_method hex -g 250 -qcomp 0.6 -qmin 10 -qmax 51 -qdiff 4 -bf 3 -b_strategy 1 -i_qfactor 0.71 -cmp +chroma -subq 8 -me_range 16 -coder 1 -sc_threshold 40 -flags2 +bpyramid+wpred+mixed_refs+dct8x8+fastpskip -keyint_min 25 -refs 3 -trellis 1 –level 30 -directpred 1 -partitions -parti8x8-parti4x4-partp8x8-partp4x4-partb8x8 -threads 0 -acodec libfaac -ar 44100 -ab 96k -y OUTPUT.mp4

This command line encodes the INPUT file using a framerate of 25 Fps (-r), a target bitrate of 1000Kbit/s (-b), a gop max-size of 250 frames (-g), 3 b-frames (-bf) and resizing the input to 640×360 (-s). The level is set to 3.0 (-level), the entropy coder to CABAC (-coder 1) and the number of reference frames to 3 (-refs). The profile is determined by the presence of b-frames, dct8x8 and Cabac, so it is an high-profile. Notice the syntax to enable/disable options in the multi options parameters like -partitions, -flags2 and -cmp. The string -flags2 +bpyramid+wpred+mixed_refs+dct8x8″ means that you are enabling b-pyramid, weighted prediction, mixed references frames and the use of the 8×8 dct. So for example, if you want to disable dct8x8 to generate an output compliant with the main-profile, you can do that changing the previous string to -flags2 +bpyramid+wpred+mixed_refs-dct8x8″ (notice the “-” character in front of dct8x8 instead of “+”). Disabling dct8x8 you obtain a main profile, disabling also b-frames and CABAC (setting “-b 0” and  “-codec 0“) you obtain a baseline-profile.

Profiles and Levels are very important for device compatibility so it is important to know how to produce a specific profile and level pair. You find a short primer to profiles and levels here and generic raccomandations for multi device encoding here.

MAIN PARAMETERS

Here you find a short explanation of the most significative parameters.

-me_method

Sets the accuracy of the search method in motion estimation. Allowed values: dia (fastest), hex, umh, full (slowest). Dia is usually used for first pass encoding only and full is too slow and not significantly better than umh. For single pass encoding or the second pass in multi-pass encoding use umh or hex depending by encoding speed requirements or constraints.

-subq

Sets the accuracy of motion vectors. Accepts values in the range 1-10. Use lower values like 1-3 for first pass and higher values like 7-10 for the second pass. Again, the effective value depends by a quality/speed tradeoff.

-g, -keyint_min, -sc_threshold

x264 uses by default a dynamic gop size. -g selects the max gop size, -keyint_min the min size. –sc_threshold is the Scene Change sensitivity (0-100). At every scene change a new i-frame (intra compressed frame) is inserted. Depending by -g and -keyint_min an I-frame (IDR frame alias keyframe) is inserted instead. The gop can be long (i.e. -g 300) for compression efficiency sake, or short (i.e. 25/50) for accessibility sake. This depends by what you need to achieve and by the delivery technique used (when using RTMP streaming you can seek to every frame, with progressive downloading only to IDRs). Sometimes you may need to have a consistent, contant gop size across multiple bitrates (i.e. for Http Dynamic Streaming or HLS). To do that set min and max gop size equal and disable completely scene change (i.e. -g 100 -keyint_min 100 -sc-threashold 0).

-bf, b-strategy

-bf sets the max number of consecutive b-frames (H.264 supports up to 16 b-frames). Remember that b-frames are not allowed in baseline profile. B-strategy defines the technique used for b-frames placement.

Use 0 to disable dynamic placement.
Use 1 to enable a fast-choice technique for dynamic placement. Fast but less accurate.
Use 2 to enable a slow-and-accurate mode. Can be really slow if used with an high number of b-frames.

-refs

sets the number of reference frames (H.264 supports up to 16 reference frames). Influences the encoding time. Using more than  4-5 refs gives commonly very little or null gain.

-partitions

H.264 supports several partitions modes for MBs estimation and compensation. P-macroblocks can be subdivided into 16×8, 8×16, 8×8, 4×8, 8×4, and 4×4 partitions. B-macroblocks can be divided into 16×8, 8×16, and 8×8 partitions. I-macroblocks can be divided into 4×4 or 8×8 partitions. Analyzing more partition options improves quality at the cost of speed. The default in FFmpeg is to analyze all partitions except p4x4 (p8x8, i8x8, i4x4, b8x8). Note that i8x8 requires 8x8dct, and is the only partition High Profile-specific. p4x4 is rarely useful (i.e. for small frame size).

-b, -pass, -crf, -maxrate, -bufsize

-b sets the desired bitrate that will be achieved using a single pass or multi-pass process using the -pass parameter. -crf define a desired average quality instead of a target bitrate.
These are all options retalted to bitrate allocation and rate control. Rate Control is a key area of video encoding and deserves a wider description.

RATE CONTROL OPTIONS

Particular attention must be paid to the Rate Control mode used. x264 supports different rate control techniques: Average Bit Rate (ABR), Costant Bit Rate (CBR), Variable Bit Rate (VBR at constant quality or constant quantization). Furthermore it is possible to use 1, 2 or more passes.

MultiPass encoding

FFmpeg supports multi pass encoding. The most common is the 2 pass encoding. In the first pass the encoder collects informations about the video’s complexity and create a stat file. In the 2nd pass the stat file is used for final encoding and better bit allocation. This is the generic syntax:

ffmpeg -i input -pass 1 [parameters] output.mp4
ffmpeg -i input -pass 2 [parameters] output.mp4

-pass 1 tells to FFmpeg to analize video and write a stat file. -pass 2 tells to read the stat file and encode accordingly. Exist also a -pass 3 option that read and update the stat. So if you want to do a 3-pass encoding the correct sequence is:

ffmpeg -i input -pass 1 [parameters] output.mp4
ffmpeg -i input -pass 3 [parameters] output.mp4
ffmpeg -i input -pass 2 [parameters] output.mp4

3-pass encoding is rarely useful.

ABR

Average Bitrate is the default rate control mode. Simply set the desired target average bitrate using -b. Remember that the bitrate can fluctuate freely locally and only the average value over the whole video duration is controlled. ABR can be performed with 1 or 2 pass but I suggest to always use a 2-pass for better data allocation.

CBR

Using the VBV model (Video Bitrate Verifier) it’s possible to obtain CBR encoding with custom buffer control. For example, to encode in canonical CBR mode use:

ffmpeg -i input -b 1000k -maxrate 1000k -bufsize 1000k [parameters] output.mp4

CBR encoding can be performed in single pass or multi pass. Single pass CBR is sufficiently efficient.

VBR

libx264 supports two unconstrained VBR modes. In pure VBR you don’t know the final average bitrate of your video but you set a target quality (or quantization) that is applied by the encoder across the whole video.

-cqp sets a costant quantization for each frame. It is rarely useful.
-crf (Constant Rate Factor) sets a target quality factor and lets the encoder to change the quantization depending by frame type and sequence complexity. Adaptive Quantization and MB-Tree techniques change quantization at macroblock level according to macroblock importance. The -crf factor can usually be chosen in the range 18 (trasparent quality) to 30-35 (low quality, but the perceived quality depends by frame resolution and device dpi).

Usually VBR encoding is performed in single pass.

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE USING PRESETS

Fortunately it is possible to avoid long command lines using pre-defined or custom encoding settings. Indeed I do not like very much this approach because there are a lot of cases when you need to have an accurate control over the parameters like in the case of HLS or HDS. But I recognise that the use of presets can save a lot of time in every-day works.

Profiles are simply a set of parameters enclosed in a profile file which you find in the ffpresets folder after unzipping the FFmpeg build package. Presets can change depending by the version of FFmpeg you have, so the best is to take a look at the content of the preset file. Commonly you will find a set of quality preset like libx264-hq.ffpreset or libx264-slow.ffpreset , first pass presets like libx264-hq_firstpass.ffpreset and constraints presets like libx264-main.ffpreset or libx264-baseline.ffpreset

So, to make a 2-pass encoding in baseline profile with the HQ preset you can use a command like this:

ffmpeg -i INPUT -pass 1 -an -vcodec libx264 -vpre hq_firstpass -vpre baseline -b 1000k -s 640×360 OUTPUT.mp4
ffmpeg -i INPUT -pass 2 -acodec libfaac -ab 96k -ar 44100 -vcodec libx264 -vpre hq -b 1000k -vpre baseline -s 640×360 OUTPUT.mp4

Notice that the constrains preset is applyed with a second -vpre and that the first pass has the audio encoding disabled.
Sometimes I have had problems with presets in Windows. You can bypass problems locating the presets simply using -fpre instead of -vpre. When using -fpre you must specify the absolute path to the preset file and not only the short name like in -vpre.

ENCODING FOR DIFFERENT DEVICES

Using the constraits presets it is possible to encode for mobile devices that usually require baseline profile to enable hardware acceleration. This limit is rapidly being surpassed by current hardware and operative systems. But if you need to target older devices (for example iOS 3 devices) and newer with the same video it’s still necessary to be able to generate easily video compliant to baseline profile. You find other generic raccomandations for multi device encoding here.

THE NEXT PART

In this part we have seen how to encode to H.264 using FFmpeg as well as the richness of encoding parameters. In the next and last part of this series we will see how to leverage the FFmpeg support for RTMP streaming to enhance the Flash Video Ecosystem capabilities.

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