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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

Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

How are organizations such as PBS and TechCrunch using Facebook Live to reach and grow their audiences? The platform has been with us for a year now, so it's time to check in. We’ve all ...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, ...Read more

Facebook Live Case Studies

January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Facebook Live Case Studies

We spoke with 15 publishers including PBS, The YES Network, and TechCrunch to find out exactly how they're broadcasting to Facebook Live, and the technology they're using to do it. For our article "Facebook Live: ...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 ...Read more

Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

December 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

Many companies spend too much on adaptive bitrate encoding. In turns out there's a pricey way to go about it and a cheaper way. Dynamic packaging to the rescue! Let me throw a couple of ...Read more

Recent Blogs

Adobe Kills Title Utility in Premiere Pro; Take a Deep Breath; It’s OK

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Just back from Streaming Media East where I was interviewed by Tim Siglin on Facebook Live about my new book. I downloaded the video file from Facebook and wanted to create a quick excerpt, but Premiere Pro crashed twice during my initial edits, so I updated to the newest release. That fixed the crashes, but when I tried to insert a title into the project, the Titler was gone. After a pressure-filled conference, I really needed an Easy-Button kind of a day and wasn't that receptive to the change. But after a few minutes working with the new Essential Graphics function, I reached several key conclusions. Yes, Adobe Bungled the Transition and Should Have Retained Full Title Functionality Actually, you can run the Titler, just select File > New > Legacy Title, or click Ctrl+T. But you can't access templates without a tortuous workflow described in a post entitled Steps ...Read more

Download Handout for Technologies for Live Streaming to Multiple Platforms

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Here's the description; handout is below. LS103 - Technologies for Live Streaming to Multiple Platforms Streaming to one live streaming service is so 2016. Today, in addition to streaming to your own website or app, ...Read more

Download Handout for Comparing And Choosing The Best HEVC Codec

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

I'll be speaking on HEVC, VP9, and AV1 at Streaming Media East, though the presentation description mentions only HEVC. You can download the handout below. Here's the description. A102 - How To: Comparing And Choosing ...Read more

Download Handout for Encoding 2017: Codecs & Packaging for PCs, Mobile & OTT/STB/Smart TVs

May 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Download handouts from this session below. Here's the description. 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, and MPEG-DASH. This workshop ...Read more

AV1/HEVC/VP9 Comparison at Streaming Media East

May 12th, 2017|Comments Off on AV1/HEVC/VP9 Comparison at Streaming Media East

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Streaming Media East, I'm presenting a talk entitled How To: Comparing and Choosing The Best HEVC Codec. Unfortunately, I could only get two codec vendors to participate, x265 and ...Read more

Lots of Flash Use Among Premium Content Sites

May 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Lots of Flash Use Among Premium Content Sites

I was performing some research for my upcoming workshop at Streaming Media East (W4 - Encoding 2017: Codecs & Packaging for PCs, Mobile & OTT/STB/Smart TVs). Basically, I wanted to see how many of the larger ...Read more

Encoding for HLS Delivery-Understanding the Bitrate Rules

April 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Encoding for HLS Delivery-Understanding the Bitrate Rules

Apple could make all of this easier to remember if they changed the name of the BANDWIDTH tag to PEAK BANDWIDTH, which is really what it means. Since that's unlikely to happen, if you just ...Read more