Choosing production tools

Livestream Broadcaster Review Revisited: Testing 4G Performance

I reviewed Livestream Broadcaster in early July. Because I don't have 4G service near my rural home, and don't have a 4G modem, I didn't test the unit for broadcasting over 4G. One online reader didn't see these realities of my small town life as a valid excuse, commenting, "I really do not consider this a complete review UNLESS you test this in 4G."

Telestream Episode Engine Review: Room for Improvement

This is our second in a series of enterprise encoder reviews; in this review, we test Telestream Episode Engine. By way of background, Episode Engine is the highest performing option in the Episode family, with unlimited parallel batch encoding, Split-and-Stitch encoding (more later), extensive input and output file support, and simple clustering with other Episode installations on the same subnet. Available for both Mac and Windows, Engine costs $3,995.

How to Choose an Enterprise Video Encoder

I’ve been spending a lot of time with enterprise encoders lately, these expensive, mythical beasts that input and transcode multiple files complete (in some cases) with quality checks, distribution-ready metadata, and closed captioning. This includes two reviews (on Elemental Server and Telestream Episode Engine) and a session at Streaming Media East on choosing an enterprise-class video encoder.

Handout for Choosing an Enterprise Encoder

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This session will discuss factors to consider when choosing an enterprise video encoding systems from the likes of Digital Rapids, Elemental, Harmonic, Sorenson, and Telestream. Factors incorporated into the analysis will include performance, output quality, quality control options, format support, expansion options, programmability, and other variables. If you're considering buying an enterprise encoder or upgrading your current systems, you'll find this session particularly useful.

Elemental Server Review: The One to Beat

Like old-time alchemists who turned base metals into gold, Elemental Technologies, Inc. converts industry-standard CPUs and GPUs into the hottest H.264 on-demand encoding box I’ve tested, with incomparable speed and quality that matches the best in the business. While there are some notable deficits, including limited output format support and subpar VC-1 encoding performance, if you need a tool to accelerate your H.264-encoding, Elemental Server should be on the top of your list.

Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 Released for Kindle

If you've been waiting to pick up my book Video Compression for Flash, Apple Devices and HTML5 until it's available in digital format, wait no more. The book is available for Kindle and you can find it here for $19.99, a savings of about $10.00 over ...

Buyer's Guide: Windows Production Stations

From the operating system to the graphics card, here is all you need to know to buy the best workstation for your budget.

HP Introduces World’s First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation

HP Introduces World’s First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation Category-defining HP Z1 workstation allows design professionals to unleash their creativity LAS VEGAS, Feb. 14, 2012 – HP today unveiled the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a ...

Creating a Perfect Green Screen Overlay in Premiere Pro.

Here's a video I produced for on using Premiere Pro's Ultra Key and Garbage Matte. It's an intro- to mid-level video that applies the effect on three videos of varying complexity. The good news? One video is of a (fully clothed) lovely dancing lady. The bad news? The lady's face is not showing (those pesky permission issues) and the other videos are of me.

All joking aside, if you've never used Premiere Pro's Ultra key and you plan to do so in the near term, the tutorial is worth a look.

HP EliteBook 8760w: A Notebook for Demanding Video Producers

Few things in life are more fun than playing with the latest, greatest notebook computer. For the last few months, I've had the pleasure of working with HP's EliteBook 8760w, which is the most powerful notebook I've ever tested. It's a highly potent ...