Recent Articles

Choosing an Enterprise YouTube System-Handout and Video

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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.

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Encoding for Multiple Screen Delivery-Video and Handout

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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.

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Producing and Distributing HEVC

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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.

Choose Live Encoder

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This session discusses factors to consider when choosing a live streaming encoder, from free or inexpensive software options to high-volume, big-iron systems, including quality, performance, portability, features, and format support. The session also examines how new cloud-based features such as live transrating are changing the requirements for on-location encoding.

Choosing Cloud Encoder

Here you can download my handout from the session, and view the comparison still image and compressed files. Here's the session description.

The session describes what cloud encoding is and how it works for both live and on- demand applications; details the types of applications that work well with cloud encoding; and identifies factors to consider when choosing an on-demand and live- cloud encoding service, including qualitative and performance results from recent reviews.

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Video for the Long Haul: Exploring Backhaul Options

You’re streaming a high-profile event in the not-too-distant future, and you’re wondering about your options for transmitting your video to your streaming server or service provider. You’re concerned about quality, reliability, and perhaps redundancy. You’ve read about satellite and fiber, as well as multiple options for efficiently transmitting over IP networks, but you’re not sure what they require in terms of equipment and cost. If this in any way describes your situation, you’ve come to the right place, because these backhaul options are precisely what I’ll be covering in this article.

Stream With Care: Simple Production Tips for Quality Results

Most seasoned compressionists know that you can’t have high-quality streaming media without quality audio and video. In honor of our production issue, I thought I would list the production techniques that can make or break audio and video quality. Click over to the main article for the rest of the story. 

In Defense of MPEG LA

Recent bad press received by MPEG LA seems to disprove the old adage that all PR is good PR. A few weeks ago, writing for Fox News, Steve Forbes said:

One example is MPEG LA—a patent pooling entity and owner of the MPEG-2 standard commonly found in televisions, gaming consoles, and personal computers—who does not adjust their licensing fees and locks in licensors to contract terms far longer than the life of the patents despite holding predominantly expired patents.

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YouTube and VP9: A Made-for-Press-Release Event

The recent news that YouTube will demonstrate 4K video encoded with VP9 at CES with hardware support from a number of chip and TV vendors has all the earmarks of a made-for-press release event; all froth, no substance. That’s OK; press release writers have to eat too. But before you lose faith in H.265/HEVC, you should consider the following facts. Click here to see the rest of the article. 

Recent Blogs

Webinar: Leverage Existing Video End Points and Infrastructure with Webcasting

I'll be moderating a webinar for Talkpoint on how companies can leverage their existing infrastructures with webcasting. The date is August 19th, 2014 at 11:00am EST, and speakers will include Adam Bell, Global Digital Marketing, from Mastercard, and...

Another 5-Star Review for Video Compression Book

I just got another 5-star review for compression book Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, this one from Joshua Horowitz who commented, "I wish they offered a class based on this book in undergrad." Well, here's the whole review. ...

Harmonic Cloud Encoding Demo

Harmonic went from no cloud encoding offerings to three cloud encoding offerings in a matter of months. In this video, Bryant Maness, product manager for file transcoding, demonstrates all three. The first allows you to add cloud nodes to your WFS sy...

Wowza VP Chris Knowlton Demos New Streaming Engine User Interface

Wowza Streaming Engine (formerly Wowza Media Server) debuted its new graphical user interface in February, 2014. In the words of Wowza CEO David Stubenvoll: If you wanted to do iOS streaming in Wowza 3 you had to hand code in three locations, but now...

Harmonic CMO Peter Alexander Describes Company's Cloud Strategy

With gross revenue in the $400 million range ($108 million for Q2 2014), Harmonic Inc. is one of the largest encoding companies on the planet, but they've been strangely quiet on the cloud-encoding front. This changed around NAB 2014, when the compan...