Recent Articles

How to: Encoding for HEVC

Handout at the main article. Here's the description.

This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying options for encoding live and on-demand video using HEVC and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders—including encoders from x265 and MainConcept and techniques for maximizing output quality using both codecs.

Handouts for Replacing Flash Section

Handouts for Replacing Flash with MSE/EME session - click over to main article. Here's the description: 

The Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions are the standardized toolsets that enable browsers to deliver adaptive streaming and digital rights management without plug-ins. This session details what these extensions are, how they’re being supported by the different browser and tools vendors, and how soon those delivering premium content will switch over from plug-in-based technologies to these standards. If you are considering replacing Flash with HTML5 standards-based technologies, this session details how and when you can do it.

UHD Codec Update: Legitimate Challengers to HEVC

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

If you thought HEVC was the only UHD codec in town, you've got it wrong. In addition to VP9, which has been in use by YouTube for over 12 months, we have the open source Daala, from Xiph.org, RMVB from RealNetworks, and the new PERSEUS codec from V-Nova. In this session, you'll get an update on where these codecs are in their development life cycle, their comparative performance, where they're being used and their potential for use in streaming to desktops, mobile and OTT.

Multiple Screen Delivery Workshop

This workshop shows you how to create a set of video files that will play on all devices, from smartphones to computers and OTT devices. The workshop includes a thorough overview of what’s required to produce H.264 files for multiple screen playback, including Flash, HTML5, iOS, Android, Windows Phones, Windows 8, Apple TV, Roku, and other OTT devices. Learn about adaptive streaming, including the implementation status of DASH, the Media Source Extensions (MSE), and the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). Attendees also learn how to produce multiple files for adaptive streaming, and how technologies like transmuxing can simplify supporting multiple platforms. Attendees walk away knowing the technical requirements for delivering to all key platforms and understanding how to do so.

Microphone Alternatives for the iPhone

In this article I test several microphones for use with an iPhone 6 with applications like FaceTime, Skype and Google Hangouts. 

VideoTLV Deep Dive on Multiple Screen Encoding with Jan Ozer

I'm presenting on multiple screen delivery at the VideoTLV group tonight (February 4, 2015) in Tel Aviv. Click over to the main page to download the handout. 

Beamr Technology Assessment

In December 2014, Beamr hired me to evaluate their video optimization technology and write a report on my findings. This was a paid gig, but Beamr had full control over the disclosure of the results. If positive, they could reveal them, if negative, they could withhold them. Essentially, I reviewed the product like I would any other, except that the tests were more extensive, and it was up to Beamr to make them public or not. The report was positive and Beamr has decided to make them public, and you can download it by clicking over to the article. 

Replacing Flash: Media Source Extension and Encrypted Media Extensions

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.

 

Recent Blogs

I Just Attended the Worst Webinar Ever. Here's How You Can Avoid the Same Mistakes

Just attended the worst webinar ever! I won't identify the group, but thought I would share the details to help others avoid them. By way of background, it was a group webinar, hosted by one company with multiple participants from other companies. It...

Royalties on DASH? Say it Isn't So!

Just a quick note regarding an article in Streaming Media Magazine that you should read entitled, An Unhappy Surprise: MPEG LA Is Forming a Patent Pool for DASH. As the article details, we've known for a long time that the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming...

Wired Says Flash.Must.Die; Then Displays Ad with Flash

I'm researching an article that involves the future of Flash, so started searching for articles on the most recent Mozilla-related Flash flap. I noticed that Wired had an article dramatically entitled Flash. Must. Die. You can guess the rest of the ...

Understanding ABR Latency: A Guest Post from Alex Zambelli

One of the nice things about the streaming industry is that many folks will share their knowledge with you if you ask a quick question on a subject they are passionate and knowledgeable about. So it was with a question I asked of Alex Zambelli, now w...

Producing Live Events, Master Tip 5: Audio Quality is Key

Total Webcasting is a webcasting service provider out of New York that produces dozens of events a month, and thousands since its inception in 2007. Total Webcasting is unique in that it produces virtually all events for its customers, while owning ...