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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 advertising-supported websites like ESPN/CNN had transitioned over from Flash to HTML5. Last time I checked, few if any had, largely ...Read more

By | 2017-05-04T17:20:29+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Lots of Flash Use Among Premium Content Sites

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 remember that BANDWIDTH means peak bandwidth, you should be able to keep it straight.  In this article, I take a ...Read more

By | 2017-04-24T15:41:10+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Encoding for HLS Delivery-Understanding the Bitrate Rules

AV1 Gets Closer, HEVC Gets More Expensive

I really was positive about HEVC when there was one pool from MPEG LA with a $25M/year cap. It was three times the cost of H.264, but HEVC was a better technology, so it seemed reasonable, and there were no content royalties. Certainly the industry thought the MPEG LA pool was reasonable  as there was ...Read more

By | 2017-04-22T15:21:07+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on AV1 Gets Closer, HEVC Gets More Expensive

V-Nova Launches Perseus 2.0

On April 3, 2017, London codec developer V-Nova announced PERSEUS 2.0; you can read the complete release here. I visited V-Nova in March 2016, and wrote an update for Streaming Media that you can read here. Basically, the press release/announcement makes three key points. First, the codec is tuned for what V-Nova calls key "operating points, ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T11:19:01+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on V-Nova Launches Perseus 2.0

SLC Announces Webinar, HEVC: Rating the Contenders

The Streaming Learning Center will host a webinar entitled HEVC: Rating the Contenders on April 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST. The free event will review the findings of extensive comparisons of the x265 and MainConcept HEVC codecs with x264 and VP9. Specifically, the test protocol involved three test files, Sintel (an animated production), Tears of Steel ...Read more

By | 2017-04-04T12:07:38+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on SLC Announces Webinar, HEVC: Rating the Contenders

Why I’m selling a PDF, but not a Kindle version of my new book

Hey all, recently announced my new book, Video Encoding by the Numbers:Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video, which you can read all about here. The paperback version in full color is available on Amazon for $49.95 here, or you can download a PDF version for $39.95 from a service called Sendowl here. Why no PDF? Because ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:49:48+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Why I’m selling a PDF, but not a Kindle version of my new book

The State of Codecs 2017 Available

My article in the Streaming Media Sourcebook entitled the State of Codecs 2017 just published. It's actually a review of codec-related highlights from 2016, which include: HDR market converging on two-technology solution (Dolby Vision and HDR10) Beamr acquiring Vanguard Apple supporting fragmented MP4 files in HLS Apple deprecates TN2224 Netflix loudly proclaims HEVC superior to ...Read more

By | 2017-03-30T20:24:34+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The State of Codecs 2017 Available

Instart Logic Ad Integrity Anti-Ad Blocker used by 20% of Comscore 100

I wrote a story on ad blocking for the Streaming Media Sourcebook, which did not include Instart Logic. They called to set up a briefing, and here's what they told me. Company: Instart Logic Product: AppShield Ad Integrity Date: March 28, 2017 Discussion with: Peter Blum, VP of Product, Dan Berkowitz, Head of Communications Quick ...Read more

By | 2017-03-29T19:55:27+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Instart Logic Ad Integrity Anti-Ad Blocker used by 20% of Comscore 100

Newletter March 27, 2017. HEVC Losing Share; Standards Failing the Streaming Industry; V-Nova Update; Dolby and HLS

  Here's what's new. First, an essay entitled Standards are Failing the Streaming Industry, explores how MPEG's inability to set unified pricing is hindering the utilization of HEVC, and will likely stall the deployment of DASH (read this article to learn about DASH royalties). The essay also talks about the Nokia vs. Apple lawsuit, which could boost royalties on ...Read more

By | 2017-03-27T20:40:48+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Newletter March 27, 2017. HEVC Losing Share; Standards Failing the Streaming Industry; V-Nova Update; Dolby and HLS

Encoding by the Numbers “Shortcut” to FFmpeg Mastery

One of the least well known features of the book, Video Encoding by the Numbers, is the content related to FFmpeg. Specifically, for most operations discussed in the book, from setting resolution and data rate to segmenting a file for HLS delivery, the book details the corresponding FFmpeg commands. The latest review up on Amazon includes ...Read more

By | 2017-03-27T12:16:46+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Encoding by the Numbers “Shortcut” to FFmpeg Mastery