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  • Video re-encoded against my will

  • Jason Jenkins

    August 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I’m trying to upload a video and even though I have “re-encode my video” unchecked, the system re-encodes my video anyway. Haven’t had this problem before.

    Jason Jenkins
    Flowmotion Media
    Video production… with style!

  • Abraham Chaffin

    August 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Hello Jason,

    The text you are referring to was changed a little while ago, the new text reads. “Make Original Uncompressed Video Available, it is setup for the Flash Player / H.264.”

    Doing this keeps the original video untouched and makes it available for people to view, just not the default version.

    When we allowed the default version to be the original uploaded file there were many complaints from people when playback didn’t work. Most often the original file was not ready for web playback and this still is the case when people check the box. We’ve found the best result has been to re-encode at a super high quality, keeping the original size (up to 1920W) and a good compression rate.


  • Jason Jenkins

    August 13, 2011 at 4:54 am

    So, it’s a ‘save-people-who-don’t-know-what-they’re-doing-from-themselves’ kind of thing. Makes sense. Thanks, Abraham!

    Jason Jenkins
    Flowmotion Media
    Video production… with style!

  • Ron Lindeboom

    August 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Yes, Jason, we kept getting the “Hey! Your videos don’t work!$#@!” complaint, when they did. The viewer just didn’t have the latest version of their playback software, or something else wrong on their system that kept it from working.

    Now, by making the high-rez the default version and offering the original version (as uploaded) a choice, it has brought the complaints to near nil.

    Thank you for your understanding, Jason.

    Best regards,

    Ronald Lindeboom
    CEO, Creative COW LLC
    Publisher, Creative COW Magazine

    Creativity is a process wherein the student and the teacher are located in the same individual.

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