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Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

March 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

I gave a recent talk on royalties at the Streaming Forum, entitled HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-DASH Royalty Update. Here’s the description.
Ten years ago, to stream video, you needed to know how to encode to H.264 and configure Flash. Now you have to be a patent lawyer. The end of 2016 was brutal from a royalty perspective. MPEG LA did the unthinkable and launched a DASH patent pool, which will impact all OTT producers with more than 100,000 customers. Will they launch a similar pool for HLS using the same IP? Nokia sued Apple for H.264 patent infringement, asserting a novel theory that could enable royalties far beyond the $0.20/unit charged by MPEG LA and impact all producers using H.264. And in a rare act of sensibility, unfortunately unmatched by MPEG LA, HEVC Advanced waived royalties on certain classes of HEVC decoders. You can pay your patent attorney 1000 quid …Read more

Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

Below is the handout from my presentation at the Streaming Forum entitled, HEVC: Rating the Contenders Operators adding HEVC to their delivery pipeline will have plenty of codec options, but who has the time to ...Read more

Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

(Note: This article was amended to show the comparative results at 6 mbps)Summary (The MPD)As more and more producers move their encoding to the cloud, or distributing via OVPs or other service providers, the data ...Read more

Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

January 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

Author's note: This article was updated to include subjective comparisons of the 30p and 60p clips. N2224 has long been considered the Rosetta Stone of ABR encoding (image courtesy of Beamr).Apple TN2224 was originally posted in March ...Read more

How To: Build Your Own Cloud Encoder With FFmpeg

November 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on How To: Build Your Own Cloud Encoder With FFmpeg

Here's the session description; click below to download the handout and watch the session. Almost all of the commercial cloud encoding services, and many of the largest streaming producers encode in the cloud using FFmpeg. ...Read more

D101 – How To: Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on D101 – How To: Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

Here's the session description; scroll down to download the handout and watch the video. Choosing the number of streams in an adaptive group and configuring them is usually a subjective, touchy-feely exercise, with no way to ...Read more

W2: Encoding 2016: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs

October 31st, 2016|Comments Off on W2: Encoding 2016: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs

Here's the description for my workshop at Streaming Media West; download the handout below:As video resolutions increase and target playback platforms multiply, video producers must leave their H.264/HLS/HDS comfort zone and expand into HEVC, VP9, ...Read more

Recent Blogs

Instart Logic Ad Integrity Anti-Ad Blocker used by 20% of Comscore 100

March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

I wrote a story on ad blocking for the Streaming Media Sourcebook, which did not include Instart Logic. They called to set up a briefing, and here's what they told me. Company: Instart Logic Product: AppShield Ad Integrity Date: March 28, 2017 Discussion with: Peter Blum, VP of Product, Dan Berkowitz, Head of Communications Quick summary: AppShield Ad Integrity is an anti-ad blocker product that’s part of a suite of products offered by Instart. It’s been in production for about 12 months and is currently used by 20% of the Comscore 100. The service includes both cloud and player components, the latter comprised of JavaScript code that runs in a standard browser. The JavaScript client encrypts ad calls, so ad blockers can’t detect them, and then sends them to the cloud component, which decrypts, and passes along the request to the website, which delivers the ads and content to the ...Read more

Newletter March 27, 2017. HEVC Losing Share; Standards Failing the Streaming Industry; V-Nova Update; Dolby and HLS

March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

  Here's what's new. First, an essay entitled Standards are Failing the Streaming Industry, explores how MPEG's inability to set unified pricing is hindering the utilization of HEVC, and will likely stall the deployment of DASH ...Read more

Encoding by the Numbers “Shortcut” to FFmpeg Mastery

March 26th, 2017|0 Comments

One of the least well known features of the book, Video Encoding by the Numbers, is the content related to FFmpeg. Specifically, for most operations discussed in the book, from setting resolution and data rate to ...Read more

Encoding by the Numbers Book Reviews Well in Russia

March 26th, 2017|0 Comments

OK, so this news is a bit less compelling than the Republicans withdrawing their Obamacare replacement from the vote, but job number 1 for any book author is "flog the book," and who doesn't get ...Read more

HEVC Loses Share According to Encoding.com Report

March 26th, 2017|0 Comments

For three years, encoding.com has issued an annual report about the video files that it produces for its 3,000+ customers. For me, it's a reality check on which formats are doing well, and which are ...Read more

How to Cut Encoding Costs by 75% in 30 Minutes or Less

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

So a potential client calls and says, “we’ve reached encoding capacity and we’re about to buy another encoding station. Can you look at our presets and see if we can improve throughput and delay the ...Read more

V-Nova Vibrant as They Approach 2 Years in the Spotlight

March 12th, 2017|Comments Off on V-Nova Vibrant as They Approach 2 Years in the Spotlight

V-Nova launched their PERSEUS codec on April 1, 2015, an inauspicious day, particularly for a codec vendor making claims like, "offering UHD quality at HD bitrates, HD at SD bitrates, and SD video at audio ...Read more