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Best Practices for Encoding Video with the VP6 Codec

Flash Video is rapidly changing the landscape of video on the web. Developers will need a new set of skills and knowledge relating to video editing, encoding, and delivery. This article introduces the video encoding process using the Flash 8 Video Encoder, a simple yet powerful tool for Flash developers.

In this article I will explain some of the basics of video encoding and give a step-by-step tour of the new Flash 8 Video Encoder with the On2 VP6 codec. The On2 VP6 codec enables Flash Video encoding at lower bit rates and larger frame sizes. At the end of this article, you will find a wide range of recommended settings for VP6 encoding. These settings provide a reference point for you as you create your own custom projects.

About the author

William Caulfield is video encoding manager at Metro Encoding in Los Angeles. His experience in video compression goes back to 1998, a lifetime in web years. After spending three years as lead video encoder for Starmedia Networks, he started Metro Encoding in 2001 to encode video exclusively for the web. Metro Encoding currently encodes video for many of the major film studios and record labels in Los Angeles.