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Recent Articles

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

How I Cut A Client’s Encoding Costs by 75% in a 30-Minute Phone Call

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 purchase?” “Sure,” I responded.  “Send me your encoding presets and I’ll have a look.” Once the presets arrived, I noticed that the encoder was x264-based, and that the presets were using the Very Slow preset. I called and asked about this, and the client explained that they had tweaked the default presets a few months before to improve quality. Tweaking presets like this isn’t uncommon, and and there’s lots of support for making these adjustments. For example, in their recent blog post, More Efficient Mobile Encodes for Netflix Downloads, Netflix described deploying “more optimal encoder settings,” with a “larger motion search range” and “more exhaustive mode evaluation.” These types of adjustments are those you get ...Read more

Standards are Failing the Streaming Industry

March 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Standards are Failing the Streaming Industry

Imagine you’re walking through Heathrow Airport terminal, shopping for tchotchkes to bring home to spouse and children. You spot a handsome Cambridge sweatshirt, give it a quick rub and squeeze, and it feels great. What ...Read more

Webinar: Top 10 Encoding Mistakes Made by Streaming Producers

February 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Webinar: Top 10 Encoding Mistakes Made by Streaming Producers

I'm co-hosting a webinar with MediaPlatform on February 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET entitled Top Ten Encoding Mistakes Made by Streaming Producers. Here's the description. Join MediaPlatform and Jan Ozer of Streaming Media Magazine for ...Read more

Per-Title Encoding With the Capella Systems Cambria FTC Encoder

February 4th, 2017|Comments Off on Per-Title Encoding With the Capella Systems Cambria FTC Encoder

So, I was reviewing Camtasia 9 for Streaming Media magazine (review to appear later in the year), and I had promised Capella Systems a testimonial for their Cambria FTC encoder, specifically the per-title encoding feature. ...Read more

Join Me at the Streaming Forum In London at a Discount!

February 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Join Me at the Streaming Forum In London at a Discount!

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm speaking on two topics at the Streaming Forum later this month in London, and leading two roundtable discussions.  On Tuesday, February 28th, at 11:30, I'll present ...Read more

INXPO Publishes Q & A Session Regarding Video Encoding by the Numbers

February 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on INXPO Publishes Q & A Session Regarding Video Encoding by the Numbers

On February 2, online event producer INXPO published a question and answer session regarding my new book, Video Encoding by the Numbers. The session included six questions, ranging from, "how did you get into writing ...Read more

Join Me at the Streaming Forum In London at a Discount!

February 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Join Me at the Streaming Forum In London at a Discount!

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm speaking on two topics at the Streaming Forum later this month in London, and leading two roundtable discussions.  On Tuesday, February 28th, at 11:30, I'll present ...Read more