Flash Video Encoder Compare

  jack-450448 09:08 20 Apr 06
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Flash Video is a type of video that can be played by Flash Player. A Flash Video file can be a separated FLV file or a video stream in a SWF file. It has various video encoding methods. Flash Player 6 only supports Sorenson Spark encoding method; Flash Player 7 supports one more encoding method, Screen Video that can compress files without losing the original quality. Apart from the two above-mentioned encoding methods, Flash Player 8 supports On2 VP6, which is currently the best encoder available. Its video quality is superior to MPEG4, H264, and DIVX. As Flash Video becoming more and more popular, it will be the major built-in web video file in the near future.
In addition to the Flash Video encoder from the Macromedia company, there are different other Flash Video encoders such as SwishVideo, Flash Video MX, and On2 Flix. Now I am going to compare these different Flash Video encoders in various different aspects:

I. Features

A.Interface Style:
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Traditional Windows style and paging method.
Swish Video: Traditional Windows style and paging method.
Flash Video MX: Windows XP style and Wizard method. Batch Encoder is traditional Windows style and paging method.
On2 Flix: Traditional Windows style and paging method.

B. Video Input Type
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)
Swish Video: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)
Flash Video MX: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required), Real Media (RealPlayer and RealMedia Splitter required).
On2 Flix: Windows Media (Windows Media Player required), QuickTime (QuickTime Player required)

C. Output Type
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: FLV
Swish Video: FLV,SWF,HTML
Flash Video MX: FLV,SWF,HTML
On2 Flix: FLV,SWF,HTML

D. Video Capture & Split
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Input video preview by frame, rough video capture, and video split.
Swish Video: Input video preview by frame and rough video capture.
Flash Video MX: Input video preview by frame, accurate video capture, and video preview playback.
On2 Flix: Input video preview by frame, difficult and rough video capture, and video split.


E. Video Conversion Settings
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Output size adjustment, frame adjustment, byte rate adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.
Swish Video: Output size adjustment, frame split, output quality adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.
Flash Video MX: Output size adjustment, frame adjustment, byte rate adjustment, automatic key frame rate, and video fade in/out.
On2 Flix: Output size adjustment, frame rate adjustment, byte rate adjustment, and key frame rate adjustment.

F. Output Video Codec
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder:Sorenson Spark On2 VP6
Swish Video:Sorenson Spark
Flash Video MX:Sorenson Spark,On2 VP6
On2 Flix:Sorenson Spark,On2 VP6


H. LOGO Settings :
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: No
Swish Video: No
Flash Video MX: Text Subject, GIF animation LOGO supported, and transparent background color supported.
On2 Flix: No

H. Other SWF Functions
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: No
Swish Video: Control bar
Flash Video MX: Control bar (different styles available and can be previewed), special video effect (can be previewed), movie beginning and movie end.
On2 Flix: Movie preload bar

I. Audio Settings
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: MP3,sample rate settings, byte rate settings, and audio channel settings.
Swish Video: MP3,sample rate settings, byte rate settings, audio channel settings, and audio file replacement.
Flash Video MX: MP3,sample rate settings, byte rate settings, audio channel settings, audio file replacement, and audio fade in/out.
On2 Flix: MP3 / RAW, ample rate settings, byte rate settings, and audio channel settings.

J. Batch Processing
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: Professional
Swish Video: Simple
Flash Video MX: Professional
On2 Flix: Simple

K.Conversion Speed
Macromedia Flash Video Encoder: encoder: Sorenson Spark (fast), encoder: On2 VP6 (slow).
Swish Video: encoder: Sorenson Spark (fast)
Flash Video MX: encoder: Sorenson Spark (fast), encoder: On2 VP6 (slow).
On2 Flix: encoder: Sorenson Spark (slow), encoder: On2 VP6 (slow).

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