Preparing videos for eStream

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.

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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

You will only need to download and install the preset once per device.
  1. Download the eStream preset: eStream preset download link.
  2. Open Adobe Media Encoder.
  3. In the “Preset Browser” section, select the “Import Preset” icon.
    Adobe Media Encoder Import Preset
    Adobe Media Encoder Import Preset
  4. Browse to and then select the downloaded file, and click “Open”.
  5. You’ll now see the preset in the “User Presets & Groups” area of the preset browser.
    User preset in Adobe Media Encoder
    User preset in Adobe Media Encoder

Using the preset

You’ll now be able to select this preset when exporting from Premiere Pro or from within Media Encoder:

Media Encoder:

      • Ensure that h264 is selected from the codec options,
        Selecting h264 from Media Encoder
        Selecting h264 from Media Encoder
      • Select the “eStream-2mbps” option from the preset dropdown.
        Select eStream-2mbps from the preset dropdown
        Select eStream-2mbps from the preset dropdown

Premier Pro

  • From the “Export” -> “Media” window, select the H.264 codec, and then the “estream-2mbps” preset.
    Premiere Pro - Export media using the eStream preset
    Premiere Pro – Export media using the eStream preset

     

Using Handbrake

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

 

 

Updated on 27th March 2020

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