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Presentations for MSE and EME

At Streaming Media West this week I moderated an excellent panel discussion on the Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions. You can see who spoke, read what they spoke about, and download their handouts by clicking over to the article. 

Handout for Digital Rights Management Session

The second session of my afternoon workshop covered closed captioning. Here's the description; click over to the main article to download the handout.

For digital rights management, you gain an overview of the technologies available for various target platforms and delivery technologies and how to implement them. The level of discussion will be for the technology selector rather than the implementer; come if you need help choosing a technology, not debugging your current implementation.

Handout for Closed Caption Session

The third session of my afternoon workshop was on closed captioning. Here's the description; click over to the main article to download the handout. 

You'll learn alternatives for creating captions for live and on demand video, and how to integrate captions into video played on computers and mobile and OTT devices using a range of technologies.

 

Handout for Producing and Distributing HEVC

Here's the presentation description; click over to the main article to download the handout. 

This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying options for encoding live and on-demand HEVC and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders—including encoders from Cisco, Elemental, Harmonic, and Telestream— how HEVC quality compares to H.264 and VP9 (if encoders are available), and known trials and deployments of HEVC.

Choosing Cloud Encoder Handout

Here's the session description; click over to the main article to download the handout. 

This session describes what cloud encoding is and how it works for both live and on-demand applications. Learn the types of applications that work well with cloud encoding and the factors to consider when choosing an on-demand and live cloud encoding service. The presentation also includes qualitative and performance results from recent reviews of some of today’s leading cloud based encoding platforms, including Amazon, Encoding.com, Elemental Cloud, and Zencoder.

Handout for Multiscreen Delivery Workshop

Here is the presentation handout for my Encoding for Multiscreen Delivery: H.264, Protocols and Devices, workshop today at Streaming Media West. Here's the description.

Learn how to create a set of video files that will play on all devices, from smartphones to computers and OTT devices. The workshop starts by exploring key concepts like protocol and container formats and technologies like HTTP Live streaming, DASH, and dynamic streaming. Then it moves to a technical overview of the H.264 specification to identify those configuration parameters that impact quality and those that don't, and how they affect playback compatibility. Then we'll review the technical requirements for single and multiple file delivery to Flash, HTML5, iOS, Android, Windows Phones, Windows 8, and the Apple TV, Roku, and other OTT devices. You'll walk way knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms and an understanding how to do so

Click over to the main article to download the presentation handout.

Choosing an Enterprise YouTube System-Handout and Video

Here's the description.

We’ve been hearing about corporate YouTubes for a while; or services that allow employees, partners and other stakeholder to upload video to a site with structured moderation and security. But how do these differ from a traditional online video platform and what features should you consider when choosing between different options? In this session, attendees will learn what a corporate YouTube is, hear about the most common use cases and see a demonstration of the content upload and moderation workflow for various solutions on the market. You’ll walk away knowing what a corporate YouTube is, why you might want one, and how to identify the differentiating features of various systems.

Click over to the article for the handout and to watch the video.

Encoding for Multiple Screen Delivery-Video and Handout

Here's the description.

Most publishers today have to distribute to three sets of screens: desktop, mobile, and TV. This session will start by detailing the playback capabilities and technology compatibilities of all three platforms. Then it will explore the technical issues and feasibility of producing one set of streams for all platforms, including how technologies like transmuxing and live transcoding can simplify the overall distribution workflow.

Click over to the article to download the handout and watch the presentation.

Producing and Distributing HEVC

Here's the description; click over the main page to download the handout and access the sample files.

This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying options for encoding live and on-demand HEVC and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders, how HEVC quality compares to H.264 and VP9 (if encoders are available) and known trials and deployments of HEVC.

Encoding for Multiple Screen Delivery

Here's the session description.

This session details the playback capabilities and technology compatibilities of desktop, mobile, and TV screens, and explores the technical issues and feasibility of producing one set of streams for all platforms, including how technologies like transmuxing and live transcoding simplify the overall distribution workflow.

Click over to the article to download the handout.

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Note to Google: Left hand, meet right hand

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