iPlayer testing for FLV

Recently, I sent dozens of applications to iPlay official for the product, finally I am lucky enough to get one iPlayer for testing. Formerly, official claimed iPlayer supports various video formats, and among these formats AVI consideriing as the stunt b

Recently, I sent dozens of applications to iPlay official for the product, finally I am lucky enough to get one iPlayer for testing. Formerly, official claimed iPlayer supports various video formats, and among these formats AVI consideriing as the stunt because of its popularity. But actually I prefer FLV. Why FLV? As we all know the flle size of FLV is small, so I think the loading speed definitely is the best advantage. Besides, Let us look more details about it.

Quoted from : Flash Video is a file format used to deliver video over the Internet using Adobe Flash Player (initially produced by Macromedia) versions 6–10. Flash Video content may also be embedded within SWF files.

The format has quickly established itself as the format of choice for embedded video on the web. Notable users of the Flash Video format include YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo! Video, metacafe,, and many other news providers. The standards documentation for BBC Online deprecates the use of other formats previously in use on its sites[1] such as RealVideo or WMV.

Though the Flash Video container format itself is open, the codecs used with it are patented. Flash Video files usually contain material encoded with codecs following the H.263 or VP6 standards. The most recent public releases of Flash Player also support H.264 video and HE-AAC audio.

Flash Video is viewable on most operating systems, via the widely available Adobe Flash Player and web browser plugin, or one of several third-party programs such as MPlayer, VLC media player, or any player which uses DirectShow filters (such as ALLPlayer, Media Player Classic, Windows Media Player, and Windows Media Center) when the ffdshow filter is installed.

OK, now I wander the effects of FLV playing by iPlayer. Look at the informations of some FLV videos I have prepared in advance below:

First video:
Complete name atongmu.flv (the original name is expressed by Chinese character, it is from a Japanese anime named astroboy)
Format : Flash Video
File size: 1.74 MiB
PlayTime : 48s 333ms
Bit rat : 303 Kbps
Tagged_Application : Tudou.Com
Codec: Sorenson H263
Width: 352 pixels
Height: 264 pixels
Aspect ratio: 4/3
Frame rate: 15.021 fps

Actual effect:

Sorry about my camera, so the photoes itself looks no good, in
fact the actual effect is better than the photoes you are looking.

   Second video:
Complete name :last friends.flv(also have Chinese characters)
Format : Flash Video
File size : 1.65 MiB
PlayTime : 45s 133ms
Bit rate : 306 Kbps
Tagged_Application : iku
Codec : Sorenson H263
Width : 320 pixels
Height : 214 pixels
Aspect ratio : 1.495
Frame rate : 15.022 fps

Actual effect

Because of protection film, the screen looks a lot of
rippleon it ,but the subtitles looks very clear.

This video is not large. The resolution is 320 X 214, code rate is 306kbps, playing smoothly. From the first picture we could see the subtitles clearly, so I draw the conclusion that the standard resolution videos from common video service site(youtube and so on), is no problems with its subtitles.

Next a DS game trailer from game site GT, my favorite Dragon Quest 9. The resolution is perfect for DS screen.

Third video
Complete name :t_dragonq9_ovw_jp_v2.flv
Format : Flash Video
File size : 58.7 MiB
PlayTime : 7mn 14s
Bit rate : 1135 Kbps
Codec : On2 VP6
Width : 480 pixels
Height : 360 pixels
Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate : 29.970 fps

Actual effect

Play smootly, but if move the scroll bar, there is pause happened.

    Besides the three videos, there are more testing below:


size Frame rateBit resolution result
knights 19.6M 29.970fps 1148kbps 480 X 360 little frames dropped
Project Origin trailer 14.3M 29.970fps 1149kbps 640 X 360 frames droppedseriously
mengshoumeinv 1.35M 14.896fps 297kbps 246 X 320 smoothly
Rexuegaoxiao 1.17M 15.030fps 292Kbps 243 X 320 smoothly
The Fast and the Furious 3.87M 15.008fps 254kbps 320 X 136 smoothly
xiaohaizibuben 5.67M 15.003fps 250kbps 320 X 240 smoothly
Final Fantasy VII Advent Children trailer 12.3M 15.001fps 247Kbps 320 X 262 smoothly
Crayon Shin Chan 1.05M 15.023 fps 293kbps 320 X 240 smoothly
2009 new Japan anime trailer collection 53.8M 11.585fps 299kbps 320 X 240 little frames dropped
DRINK IT DOWN 8.41M 15.004fps 258Kbps 320 X 240 smoothly
NARUTO 334 trailer 1.40M 14.966fps 290kbps 320 X 182 smoothly
Ice Age trailer 2.10M 15.016fps 285kbps 352 X 264 smoothly

     The test results show us that most of FLV videos play well, except the first two video, knights and Project Origin trailer, which bit rate is too high, so frame dropped is not surprise. And the frame of 2009 new Japan anime trailer collection itself is low, so play effect by iPlay is the same.

     Conclusions: FLV with 15fps/250-310Kbps is able to be played soomtly, subtitle also looks clearly, and it is the standard of Common video service site uploaded video. There are many advantages with FLV, including source is very abundance and popularity, file size is small, downloading convenience and so on. 

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