This article outline different methods of preparing content for eStream, along with suggested encoding settings that strike a good balance between file size and quality.
Suggested encoding settings
Advice for different software packages is below, however, incase we haven’t covered the software that you use, our suggested encode settings are as follows:
- Media codec: H264
- Wrapper: mp4
- Video bitrate: Target: 2mbps, Max: 2.5mbps
- Field order: Progressive
Using Media Encoder to convert a file
By making use of Adobe’s offer for installing Adobe applications on home PCs, we would suggest that if your computer is powerful enough to support it, that you install Premiere Pro. Packaged together with this application is a utility called Adobe Media Encoder. This allows you to easily convert files whilst using your computer to do other things (if it is powerful enough to do so).
Using the eStream Preset
We have prepared a Media Encoder preset which you can download, and add to Media Encoder in order to easily encode content for eStream.
Downloading and installing
- Download the eStream preset: eStream preset download link.
- Open Adobe Media Encoder.
- In the “Preset Browser” section, select the “Import Preset” icon.
- Browse to and then select the downloaded file, and click “Open”.
- You’ll now see the preset in the “User Presets & Groups” area of the preset browser.
Using the preset
You’ll now be able to select this preset when exporting from Premiere Pro or from within Media Encoder:
- Ensure that h264 is selected from the codec options,
- Select the “eStream-2mbps” option from the preset dropdown.
- From the “Export” -> “Media” window, select the H.264 codec, and then the “estream-2mbps” preset.
Handbrake is a very useful free, cross platform utility that can be used to easily compress recordings to make them suitable for eStream. It is our recommended option for people who have computers that struggle to install or run Adobe Applications, as Handbrake works well on a much wider range of machines.
Download Handbrake from: https://handbrake.fr/
There is a very good guide to using Handbrake at https://handbrake.fr/docs/en/1.3.0/introduction/quick-start.html