Specifies the number of bidirectional predictive frames (B-frames).
By default, Windows Media Video 9 uses only intraframes (I-frames), also known as key frames or anchor frames, which are fully encoded frames, and predictive frames (P-frames), which are encoded as a difference from the previous I-frame. B-frames are different from P-frames because they store both the differences from the previous frame and the differences from the following frame.
When you configure the codec to uses B-frames, it will use the specified number of B-frames between each pair of frames of either I or P type.
For example, if a sequence of frames without B-frames is "IPPPPPPPPI" then the same sequence encoding with two B-frames would be "IBBPBBPBBI".
For most content either one or two B-frames are appropriate. At higher data rates, one B-frame is normally the optimal choice. Three or more are rarely useful.
The valid range of values for this property is 0 to 7.
Minimum supported client
|Windows XP [desktop apps only]|
Minimum supported server
|Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]|