In this part 1 see FFmpeg encoding speed, fps, size and bitrate for an h264 MP4 video file to VP9 WebM using
-deadline good with
-crf values 15-30 and
To see the encoding options for VP9 WebM with FFmpeg see my post here. The testing is using the constant quality option (crf) and the differences with different deadlines along with the cpu used parameter, these effect speed and the outcome quality.
The server used for testing had dual Intel Xeon E5-2687W v4 CPU’s set @ 3.50GHz, meaning 24 cores and 48 threads in total. 251 GB of usable ram and NVMe drives. Thanks to exception0x876 at wishosting for the opportunity to use this.
The operating system was Ubuntu 18.04 and the FFMpeg version was 3.4.8-0ubuntu0.2.
The input media is from jell.yfish.us with the H.264 testing file here. At 4k resolution (3840×2160) 29.97 fps, 30 seconds long, 250Mbps bitrate and file size of 895MB. This file comes in MKV format but was copied (-c copy) to MP4 for the testing.
The basis of the testing commands for this part is below, obviously the
-crf values changed throughout.
-row-mt 1 and
-threads 48 stayed consistent through the whole testing process.
ffmpeg -i h264.mp4 -c:v libvpx-vp9 -row-mt 1 -threads 48 -cpu-used X -deadline good -crf X -b:v 0 outputXYZ.webm