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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 known for a while that you can stream live video to Facebook Pages. While the technical side is interesting, the ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T00:45:50+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

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 rate for the mezzanine files is significant factor for upload time and bandwidth and storage costs. The big ...Read more

By | 2017-05-03T17:55:51+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

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: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth," we interviewed 15 video publishers to get a sense of the strategic ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T00:48:09+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Facebook Live Case Studies

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 2010 to provide direction for streaming producers encoding for delivery to iOS devices via HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). ...Read more

By | 2017-04-14T13:06:45+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Articles|Comments Off on Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

Conference Videos from Streaming Media West are Available

I spoke at Streaming Media West on three topics, the first a 3-hour workshop which was not recorded, and two one-hour sessions that were. The PDFs used in the presentations have been available for awhile; I just added the videos from the two sessions. Here are the links.Workshop - Encoding 2016: Codecs and Packaging for ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:47:37+00:00 January 8th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Conference Videos from Streaming Media West are Available

Ozer ships new book Video Encoding by the Numbers

I'm proud to announce my latest book, Video Encoding by the Numbers, Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video, which is available now on Amazon. You can read all about the book by clicking here, or click here for a detailed table of contents. Briefly, after introductory chapters get you up to speed and familiar with objective quality ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:48:49+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Ozer ships new book Video Encoding by the Numbers

What the Nokia-Apple Lawsuit Means for the Streaming Industry

If Nokia's standards infringement lawsuit prevails over Apple, the costs could be steep to any company relying on H.264 or even HEVC. Here are the issues at stake. On December 21, 2016, Nokia sued Apple for infringing eight patents related to H.264 encoding and decoding. By its terms, the complaint makes clear that Apple’s usage ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T00:43:16+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Blogs|Comments Off on What the Nokia-Apple Lawsuit Means for the Streaming Industry

The Changing State of MPEG DASH Royalties: How Bad Will it Get?

MPEG LA's recent announcement of a DASH royalty pool is the first such royalty on free internet video. And this is only the beginning. We’ve all had time to reflect upon MPEG LA’s announcement of a DASH royalty pool. In my case, it led to the realization that this is the first royalty on free ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T00:55:40+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Blogs|Comments Off on The Changing State of MPEG DASH Royalties: How Bad Will it Get?

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 numbers at you. The first is shown in Figure 1, from Encoding.com’s “Global Media Format Report 2016,” which shows the ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T00:28:22+00:00 December 11th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

HEVC Advance Makes Some Software Royalty Free

HEVC Advance says it hopes to speed the adoption of HEVC decoders among the installed base of computers and devices by making some software downloads royalty free Seeking to accelerate HEVC deployment to the installed base of computers and mobile devices, HEVC Advance announced this morning that it will seek no royalty on some classes ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T00:33:31+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Blogs|Comments Off on HEVC Advance Makes Some Software Royalty Free