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There are still many important use cases of FLV video, for example a significant percentage of browsers still have old versions of Flash installed and can only view the FLV video format in their players (earlier than v9, prior to Flash support of H.264). If you have any need for FLV video, for example if you have a “FLV Fallback” plan into your workflow, we recommend using our new FLV preset called Flash VP6 On2 Flix which will producce a .flv video using the VP6 codec. For those of you who’ve been using our “Flash up to 9” preset for FLV support (using the H.263 codec), you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the far superior quality, compression and encoding speed from VP6. The Flix VP6 codec is immediately available for use by selecting the Flash VP6 On2 Flix preset in the Encoding.com Desktop Air Application, Web Interface, Watch Folder or via the API by calling the output format fields <output>vp6_flix</output>
We now we support sending custom meta data to be embedded into your MP4 files during the encoding process. Add title, copyright, author, description, and album to your MP4 output tasks via the Encoding.com API.
Lossless Intermediate Decoding
Anyone who has encoded his fair share of video is all too familiar with pesky encoding errors for no apparent reason. We have taken a major step towards reducing “unknown” encoding errors by introducing an intermediate encoding step which decodes the source video into a lossless format prior to encoding into the format you requested. We are extremely excited about the results of our initial testing of this feature as it has successfully encoded almost all of the problem source video we have thrown at it. To utilize this feature add <two_pass_decoding>1</two_pass_decoding> to the format fields of your API request.
HTML5 Content-Types, iPhone Streaming Update, DB Performance, No limits on output tasks, New real time format support page.
For WEBM and Ogg we are now automatically adding the the correct content-type before sending to Amazon S3 or RS Cloud Files. Fixed a bug with iPhone Streaming that resulted in the error “/bin/tar Argument list too long” A major updated to our DB architecture which means faster page load times and more capacity to chew through large content libraries. Fixed a bug that limited the number of outputs in a single API request to 20 now there is no limit. And finally we launched a cool new page that shows you all the formats we have ever encoded into and out of and their overall success rate per format type, this is the DB that drives the format support search widget in the footer of our site.
Maybe we are slightly biased but it sure is a great time to work at Encoding.com. We’re small enough to make descions and develoip new features for our customers rapidly, but large enought to have the resources at our disposal to expand our platform the right way. We are now encoding almost 1 million videos a month, come help us make it 1 million vidoes a day
As many of you know we charge for encoding based on our customer’s actual usage. In some cases (if your usage over your monthly plan is very small) our billing system ends up generating a incredibly small invoice. We a currently working on a upgrade to the billing system to ensure that if a a usage invoice is less than $.50 it will roll over into the next month before it charges your credit card. In the meantime we thought we would share a story of a customer, The World Company who went to extraordinary measures to ensure a $.01 usage invoice was paid. Jane sent us a really nice handwritten letter and included a penny to pay her usage invoice from last month. If you are reading Jane, we really appreciate the thoughtful letter and time you took to write it by hand, not to mention the $0.44 you spent to send us the penny! As a sign of our gratitude we will frame your note (inclusive of the carefully taped penny) to be enshrined in the encoding.com office. And so you know that our money is where are gratitude is we will credit Jane a free month’s subscription, hopefully this does not cause a mad rush of hand taped currency to be sent to us in the mail :)
Thanks again Jane!