Variable bit rate WMV?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by PhilipScoggins, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. Thought I'd throw this out to you guys...

    I'm working with a public access tv station and we've started putting a
    show on the internet.

    After buying a media server and having it hung at a facility in
    Nashville, TN. We're being told that we're exceeding bandwith
    allotments and that only about 7 users can watch the on demand video.

    The show is encoded at 340k with windows media encoder (streaming).
    The show is 1 hour long and I'm eding up with a file about 150megs.

    We were told we could have upward of 100 viewers at a time and now they
    are rapidly backtracking and trying to come up with new ideas.

    The latest is 2 ideas. Windows Media streaming with a variable bit
    rate so that the shots of the hosts sitting on the set will take very
    little bandwidth, but the video of horses going around the show ring
    will ramp up to have good enough quality to keep people watching.

    I don't know about variable bit rate with WMV.

    The provider also suggested encoding into DivX with a VBR that makes it
    look nice and then re-encoding into WMV, but when I suggested that
    multiple encodings was a bad idea, he just blew me off and started
    talking about how I need a better video capture card, but then I
    explained video is shot to MiniDV, loaded firewire into a computer we
    use a digital camera switcher with a firewire output and record to
    MiniDV, which is loaded into the computer to make DVDs, but he never
    really understuud why a couldn't use a better video capture card.

    I'm starting to get worried about the guys...

    The web site is if you want to see what I'm talking
    about, but I encoded this week's episode at 280k, so it's not quite as
    high quality as normal.


    you can direct contact me @ 'recording" at - gar - dot ,net,
    PhilipScoggins, Apr 27, 2006
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  2. This is likely why people go to providers who work this
    out for themselves and just offer the service.
    Richard Crowley, Apr 27, 2006
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  3. Could be.

    It just kinda grew and out of our relationship with our local provider
    who had previously just been hosting our mail and easy web sites said
    they could handle it...

    PhilipScoggins, Apr 27, 2006
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