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John Sappo
Fast Start Encoding Option?
on Feb 10, 2014 at 4:46:13 pm

Hi,

I've been searching online and reading through the forum articles about exporting from Premiere and AME with the 'Fast Start' encoding option for quicktime movie files in the h.264 codec.

A lot of the information I've gathered is around the 'moov atom' and how it's commonly placed at the end of a file. For the progressive nature of playback to occur this atom apparently needs to be at the beginning of the file. Forum articles and others have suggested using third party, line based applications to change this atom position. This seems ridiculous to me as it complicates my workflow.

I have recently switched from the Apple Studio products to Adobe's and in the past I would simply check 'encode for fast start' on the export menu and this would encode the file properly.

Does Adobe have this function built into the program? Am I overlooking something? Is there is a better workflow that I am unaware of?

How best can I encode my videos so that they will buffer a small amount and then progressively download the rest as the viewers watches it?

Thank you all kindly in advance for your help.


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Todd Kopriva
Re: Fast Start Encoding Option?
on Feb 12, 2014 at 12:39:50 am

See the response that you got here:
http://forums.adobe.com/message/6105568

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Jack Lenk
Re: Fast Start Encoding Option?
on Feb 12, 2014 at 3:50:57 pm

John,

What we've been doing in my shop – at least for 'final' renders getting posted to the web – is export ProRes master files, then put those through Apple Compressor. It's an extra step, but aside from the benefit of having HD masters, Compressor has better control for batch processing and plays better with the Matrox CompressHD H.264 hardware encoding card we use. You could do the same thing with Telestream Episode which is even better (or Sorenson Squeeze) and even automate your workflow with scripts or a watch folder.

Good luck,
Jack


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