Archive for February, 2009

Adobe Media Encoder CS4 Video Tutorial

Tom Green has authored a video tutorial for CommunityMX using Adobe Media Encoder CS4 to encode content in the FLV format for use with Flash. The tutorial covers the main aspects of the Adobe Media Encoder interface, while highlighting some of the key features such as integration with After Effects and Premier Pro, and the use of 2-Pass Variable Bit Rate encoding.

Be sure to check out Tom’s other contributions on CommunityMX, as he has written extensively on Flash, Fireworks, and other topics involving web development and video.

To view the tutorial, see Adobe Media Encoder CS4 on CommunityMX. To learn more about Tom Green, and to see a list of articles he’s authored for CommunityMX, see his profile page.

Get the most from Community Help

As many of you have come to discover, with the release of Creative Suite 4, Adobe introduced a new, community-based model for Help content. Community Help provides user comments and expert moderation on the Help pages themselves, along with optimized web searches that focus on Adobe-approved content for each application.

For a visual explanation of all the options for browsing, searching, and filtering content, check out the following content:

Community Help video

Community Help instructions

Adobe Media Encoder tutorials

The following tutorials and articles should be of interest to those of you creating video content for use with Flash Player or Adobe Media Player for web-based audiences:

Creating FLV and F4V Files

Learn to create and optimize FLV files in Adobe Media Encoder, After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Exploring Flash Player support for high-definition H.264 video and AAC audio

Flash Player 9 Update took a step into the high-definition (HD) video realm in a major way by adding MPEG-4 video to its already impressive ranks of video support. MPEG-4 utilizes crisp, powerful H.264 encoding and is an industry standard for video, which includes high-definition (HD) delivery. It is also the standard for HD content online and on devices such as your home television.

To pair with the excellent visual power of H.264 encoded video, Flash Player 9 Update also supports HE-AAC audio, which is the higher quality successor to MP3. Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a high-efficiency (HE) and high-fidelity (HiFi), low-bandwidth audio codec that can be used with or without video.

Flash video learning guide

Created for the release of Flash CS3, but still providing valuable information for Flash CS4, this learning guide introduces core concepts of video on the web, and provides you with tools for developing your skills.

I’ll add to this list as new tutorials and educational articles involving Adobe Media Encoder and other video production tools become available.

Bug: Bitrate changes on export from Premiere Pro or After Effects to Adobe Media Encoder

There is a known bug when exporting from Premiere Pro or After Effects involving modified bitrate values. If you modify the bitrate value of an encoding preset, the default bitrate for that preset will replace the custom bitrate you specified.

As a workaround, you can:

Manually change the bit rate of the video file you are exporting to the desired value once the file is in the Adobe Media Encoder encoding queue…


Add your video to the list of files to encode from Adobe Media Encoder itself. You can drag a file into the list, or click the Add button and select a file on your computer.

Note: To add Adobe Premiere Pro sequences or Adobe After Effects compositions to the list of files to encode, you must use the File > Add Adobe Premiere Pro sequences or File > Add Adobe After Effects Compositions menu commands. These file types cannot be dragged into the list of files to encode.

For more information see, Workflow for exporting files in the Adobe Premiere Pro help.