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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 HEVC: Rating the contenders. Here's the description: Operators adding HEVC to their delivery pipeline will have plenty of codec options, but ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:48:27+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Join Me at the Streaming Forum In London at a Discount!

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 a book on compression?" to "who is this book for?"The most revealing question was, "what's different from other books on ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:48:25+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on INXPO Publishes Q & A Session Regarding Video Encoding by the Numbers

YouTube Stops H.264 4K Encoding; Will Apple Adopt VP9?

Apple Safari has never supported VP8 or VP9, but a move by Google's YouTube pressures it to do so: Safari users can't see new 4K videos on YouTube. Apple Safari is the only current browser that doesn’t support Google’s VP9. In a move that may go a long way towards convincing Apple to do so, ...Read more

By | 2017-04-11T00:50:40+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on YouTube Stops H.264 4K Encoding; Will Apple Adopt VP9?

First Book Review: Ozer Transforms Video Compression from Alchemy to Science

First Amazon book review is out from technologist Douglas Dixon, who blogs at the Manifest Tech Blog. I love the title of the review, Ozer Transforms Video Compression from Alchemy to Science, because it captures exactly what I tried to do in the book. Here's a snippet from the middle of the review.First, Ozer covers ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:47:56+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on First Book Review: Ozer Transforms Video Compression from Alchemy to Science

Facebook Live Resources

I spent a lot of time late last fall looking at Facebook Live, trying to understand who was using it and why, and which tools they used. This effort culminated in three resources available now on the Streaming Media website. Here's the main article entitled Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth. The ...Read more

By | 2017-02-23T00:47:52+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Blogs|Comments Off on Facebook Live Resources

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