I've been using Adobe Premiere CC to make some movies for work. I'm trying to get my footage to match the requirements on one of our machine's screen. They (The screen manufacturers) ask for H264 using an AVI/MP4 container, CABAC off and Level 3. I read many articles that clam Adobe uses CABAC, which is fine, but I was wondering if there was a way to turn off CABAC during the encoding of these videos.
(And would I be able to turn it back on afterwards?)
Yes and no
Premiere can natively (out of the box, no 3rd party plug-ins) export H.264 .mp4, but not H.264 avi. H.264 Format does not have an option for CABAC On/Off, but it is disabled for some Profile/Level setting combinations. Unfortunately, this is not noted in the Export Settings, so you would have to check the exported file with a 3rd party analyze tool to verify if CABAC was used or not for the settings you used.
What is CABAC?
I don't pretend to be an expert in this, but it is basically a video encoding method. CABAC stands for Context-Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding.
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