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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.

 

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 a Cloud Encoder

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.

Apple Supports H.265, But So Far Only in FaceTime on an iPhone 6

H.265 is coming to the Android operating system, as well, but it's nowhere to be seen on desktop or notebook computers.

Since I own an iPhone 6, I should have noticed this earlier, but I just learned that Apple is using H.265 in FaceTime on the new models. Note that the unit’s video playback specs don’t mention H.265, so presumably users can’t stream or even play HEVC-encoded video outside of the FaceTime environment. We tried uploading an HEVC stream in the MP4 container format to an iPhone 6, but it wouldn’t load into iTunes.

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More on Replacing Flash Webinar-Additional Content

As mentioned previously, I'm producing a free webinar entitled Replacing Flash with the Media Source Extensions/Encrypted Media Extensions on March 16, at 1:00 PM EST. It's sponsored by Onstream Media. You can read the description and signup here.  ...

Free Webinar: Replacing Flash with Media Source Extension and Encrypted Media Extensions

I'm producing a free webinar entitled Replacing Flash with the Media Source Extensions/Encrypted Media Extensions on March 16, at 1:00 PM EST. It's sponsored by Onstream Media. Here's the description.  Flash has dominated the streaming media landsca...

Five Star Review for Udemy Course

My course, Video Compression for Web, Disc and PC/TV/Console Playback, is an entry-level video compression course designed to help newbies quickly get up to speed on compression technologies and producing for the various platforms listed in the title...

Another 5-Star Review for Multiple Screen Delivery Book-Now in Kindle Format

It's personally gratifying that readers continue to find my book, Producing Streaming Video for Multiple Screen Delivery, useful. Here are comments from the latest five-star review.  I was assigned a Video Conversion and Compression project at work,...

Try HLS for Adaptive Delivery to Smart TVs

As I've observed previously, one of the benefits I get speaking before technical audiences is to hear their insites and experiences. I learned two very valuable nuggets of information from my most recent talk with the VideoTLV group in Tel Aviv.  Th...