Encoding Video

  • Silvia Pfeiffer
  • Tom Green

Abstract

The “art” of encoding video for HTML5 is, in many respects, a “black art.” There are no standards other than file format and everything else from data rate to audio is left to your best judgment. The decisions you make in creating the MPEG4, WebM, and Ogg files are therefore “subjective” not “objective.” Before you can play the video and audio content in HTML5 you need to clearly understand how these files are created and the decisions you will need to make to ensure smooth playback. This process starts with a rather jarring revelation: video is not video. The extensions used to identify video and audio files are more like shoeboxes than anything else. The file formats—MPEG4, WebM, and Ogg—are the names on the boxes and inside the boxes are a video track and an audio track. The box with the file format label is called a “container.”

Keywords

High Efficiency Video Code Video File Audio File Video Track Video Codec 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Silvia Pfeiffer and Tom Green 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Pfeiffer
    • 1
  • Tom Green
    • 1
  1. 1.NSWAustralia

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