Set Output Video OptionsIn the "Video" tab you may also set your "Output video options", by choosing your video dimensions, framerate, and, if you choose, a forced-constant bitrate.
You may use the image dimensions used with the presets (in the File tab), or you can enter a whole number between 1-500, or you may elect to use your source video dimensions by checking the "Use source dimensions" box.
Directly underneath, you will notice the "SWF movie dimensions". By default, "Use custom SWF dimensions" is unchecked, which means that the SWF is output at the same image dimensions as you have set for your video. However, you may choose to enlarge your SWF dimensions without enlarging your actual image dimensions. For example, let's say your source dimensions are 100x100 and you choose to maintain your original dimensions in your output. That means that each frame is a 100x100 pixel image. Now, let's say that you check "Use custom SWF dimensions" and enter 125 for both width and height. This means that your output still only has the information (and filesize) for a 100x100 pixel image, but it is blowing up each frame by 25% to 125x125 pixels. In this way, you can enlarge your output image without increasing filesize at all, or significantly affecting client-side RAM consumption. The custom SWF dimensions can be a whole number between 20 and 2000.
Next you must specify the video framerate. This reflects the number of different video frames displayed per second in your output (which is not your SWF framerate). The higher the video framerate, the smoother the video, and the larger the file size. Also, the higher the framerate, the more RAM the Flash player will consume on the client-side. For this reason, if you are encoding video for higher bitrates, we recommend boosting average image quality and custom SWF dimensions, over significant increases in video framerate. The video frame rate can be a whole number between 1 and 30.
The final option in this panel is the "Maximum bitrate" box. The frame and video options directly affect the output file size, but they do not determine a fixed filesize -- that depends on the individual media file. By selecting this box, Flix will drop frame image quality in order to guarantee a maximum bitrate. The maximum bitrate can be a whole number between 8 and 512.
Click Encode!Click the button labeled "Encode" on the File tab, or the toolbar button . Flix will begin encoding your media. A dialog box will pop up with a progress indicator, encoding statistics, and three options:
- Play when finished: Checking this box causes the newly created SWF media file to play as soon as it finishes encoding
- Beep when finished: Checking this box causes Flix to sound a beep (the specific sound is determined by your Windows System Sound settings) when the encoding process is complete. This is useful if you wish to do something else during the encoding.
- Close window when finished: Checking this box causes this dialog box to close immediately upon the completion of encoding.
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